Yan Xing, MD, MS, PhD

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Dr. Xing earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center in 2008. She held faculty appointments at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center from 2008 to 2012 before becoming a member of the Houston Methodist Research Institute in 2014. Dr. Xing is pursuing a career in academic oncology. She is currently a resident at Mount Auburn Hospital in Boston, MA. As an assistant affiliate member of the Houston Methodist Research Institute Cancer Research Program, she is actively involved in a research program focusing on improving cancer outcome.

Research interests

Dr. Xing’s clinical training has provided a solid foundation for her advanced research training in health informatics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, and comparative-effectiveness research. As a result of her work, she was appointed an Assistant Professor in Research position in the Department of Surgical Oncology at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center from 2008 to 2012 before joining the Mount Auburn internal medicine residency program. Her past research accomplishments include conducting cancer outcomes research, supporting projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 and K12, collaborating with clinicians, publishing original research in high impact, peer-reviewed journals, and affecting change in the clinical practices of oncologists. She gained significant experience working with large, population-based datasets such as SEER and SEER-Medicare, and the National Cancer Database through examining clinical outcomes associated with melanoma, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, adrenal cortical carcinoma, and sarcoma.

Dr. Xing’s career goals are to improve cancer treatment and the quality of life of cancer patients by implementing evidence-based guidelines in clinical oncology and by identifying clinical practice areas that diverge from these guidelines. Her research area will focus on examining cancer outcomes, especially the efficacy, effectiveness, guideline adherence, and access to care.

Education/Academic qualification

Health Informatics, MS, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Biostatistics, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Research Area Keywords

  • Cancer

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  • Cancer outcomes research
  • Health service research
  • Comparative-effectiveness research
  • Meta analysis


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