Elena B. Elkin, PhD, MPA

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year:  (2016-2017)


Elena Elkin is an Associate Outcomes Research Scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and an Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College. She conducts investigator-initiated and collaborative research in health services and health outcomes and teaches medical students, graduate students, and fellows. She was the recipient of National Cancer Institute K07 Career Development Award from 2007 to 2012. Elkin’s research explores the determinants of cancer screening, treatment, and outcomes using population-based observational data analysis, decision analysis, and patient surveys. Her recent funded work involves development and evaluation of web-based decision aids for women in their 40s considering screening mammography and current and former smokers eligible for lung cancer screening. Her other research interests include the economic impact of cancer treatment on patients, their families, and the health care system, as well as understanding and improving clinical decision-making processes from both patient and provider perspectives. She conducts cost-effectiveness analyses of clinical and behavioral interventions and advises numerous trainees in studies of cancer treatment patterns, complications, survival, and cost using the population-based Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare dataset. Elkin received a BS from Cornell University, an MPA from New York University, and a PhD in health policy from Harvard University.

Key Information

2017 Call for Applications Now Open until Nov. 15

The 2017-2018 Call for Applications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is open until 3:00pm ET on November 15. Apply now!

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