Kathryn Glaser


Specializing In:

Cancer prevention efforts among racial/ethnic minority populations Culturally tailored behavioral intervention development & efficacy Screening & Access for medically underserved Health care delivery to underserved populations in urban/rural U.S. Psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence minority health status Health outcomes related to chronic disease conditions

Research Interests:

Cancer screening and survivorship

About Kathryn Glaser


Dr. Glaser is an Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control and joined in 2016. She earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University at Buffalo in 2015.

Dr. Glaser is a medical anthropologist advancing research directed toward reducing, eliminating and preventing health disparities. Dr. Glaser is currently working on expanding cancer screening services at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center with a goal of reducing cancer health disparities.

Dr. Glaser’s research focuses on health disparities related to chronic illness including cancer, particularly the illness experience, prevention, and utilization of medical systems. Her work has primarily focused on underserved communities with an emphasis on immigrants and refugees.

As co-leader of the Cancer Screening and Survivorship Program, Dr. Glaser focuses on two main areas of the cancer continuum, early detection/screening and survivorship care. Her work with local Federally Qualified Health Centers investigates implementing evidence-based guidelines for cancer screening using both practice facilitation and patient education/navigation to increase cancer screening rates in underserved populations. Her current efforts in the survivorship program have highlighted the importance of symptom management for cancer survivors and support for their caregivers through wellness programs, with a specific focus on stress reduction through yoga interventions.

Email: Kathryn.Glaser@RoswellPark.org
Fax: 716-845-8487


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology
  • Department of Cancer Prevention & Control


Education and Training:

  • 2015 - PhD - Cultural Anthropology, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • 2009 - MA - Cultural Anthropology, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Clinical Trials

Featured on Cancer Talk


Full Publications list on PubMed
  • Fox CH, Swanson A, Kahn LS, Glaser K, Murray BM. Improving Chronic Kidney Disease Care in Primary Care Practices: An Upstate New York Practice-based Research Network (UNYNET) Study. J Am Board Fam Med 2008; 21(6):522-30
  • Wentworth AL, Fox CH, Kahn LS, Glaser K, Cadzow R. Two Years After a Quality Improvement Intervention for Chronic Kidney Disease Care in a Primary Care Office. American Journal of Medical Quality 2011; 26(3):200-5 Kahn LS, Glaser K, Fox CH, Patterson A. Diabetes Educators in Safety-Net Practices: A Qualitative Study. DiabetesEduc 2011; 26(3):200-5
  • Kahn L S, Tumiel-Berhalter L, D'Aniello R, Danzo A, Fox CH, Taylor J, Holland S, Glaser K, Patel V, Glick M. The impacts of "growing our own": a pilot project to address health disparities by training health professionals to become certified diabetes educators in safety net practices. Diabetes Educator 2012; 38(1):86-93.
  • Kahn LS, Vest BM, Karl R, Tumiel-Berhalter L, Taylor R, Schuster RC, Glaser K, Danakas A, Fox CH. Living with diabetes on Buffalo, New York's culturally diverse West Side. Chronic Illness 2012; 9(1):43-56.
  • Vest BM, Kahn LS, Danzo A, Tumiel-Berhalter L, Schuster RC, Karl R, Taylor R, Glaser K, Danakas A, Fox CH. Diabetes Self-management in a Low-income Population: Impacts of social support and relationships with the health care system. Chronic Illness 2013; 9(2):145-155.
  • Glaser KM, Nichols C, Wangai S, Lawton B, Reid ME, Erwin DO. If you understand the gut of a goat, does it help prepare for a colonoscopy? Practicing Anthropology 2016; 38(4): 46-48.
  • Glaser, KM, McDaniel, DC, Hess, SM, Flores, TF, Rokitka, DA, & Reid, ME. (2019). Implementing an Integrative Survivorship Program at a Comprehensive Cancer Center: A Multimodal Approach to Life after Cancer. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 25 (S1):S106-S111.
  • Flores, T, Glaser, KM., McDaniel, D, Rokitka, D, Amato, KA, & Reid, ME (2019). Building a comprehensive cancer survivorship program. Ecancermedicalscience 13.
  • Glaser, KM (2020). The Many Forks in the Road: A Nontraditional Journey as a Medical Anthropologist. Practicing Anthropology, 42(1), 26-30.
  • Dauphin C, Clark N, Cadzow R, Saad-Harfouche F, Rodriguez E, Glaser K, Kiviniemi M, Keller M, Erwin D. (2020). #BlackBreastsMatter: Process Evaluation of Recruitment and Engagement of Pregnant African American Women for a Social Media Intervention Study to Increase Breastfeeding. J Med Internet Res, 22(8):e16239.