Dr. Rhee is a clinical investigator and diabetes epidemiologist with a research focus on improving prevention and management of diabetes mellitus in patients with chronic kidney disease, and addressing racial and ethnic differences in cardiometabolic disease risk factors and outcomes. She conducts research on optimizing diabetes care for patients with chronic kidney disease with a special focus on pharmacoepidemiology.
Dr. Rhee's current research focuses on three primary areas: 1.) comparative effectiveness of diabetes treatments in patients with chronic kidney disease, 2.) interventions that target barriers to glycemic control to improve quality of care of patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease, and 3.) transportability of diabetes clinical trial findings to real-world target population of patients with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Dr. Rhee is also the principal investigator of several Women's Health Initiative studies through which she has examined nutritional, lifestyle, and racial risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Rhee holds dual Doctorate of Science degrees in Epidemiology and Nutrition from Harvard. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical epidemiology at Stanford and is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases F32 (2014) and K01 (2017) grant awards. Dr. Rhee has served as a mentor n Stanford’s Spectrum Intensive Course in Clinical Research (ICCR) program, and currently mentors residents, nephrology fellows, and other new clinical investigators.
Instructor, Medicine - Nephrology
Honors & Awards
NIH Career Development K01 Award, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (2017)
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service F32 Award: Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (2014)
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Real World Evidence Task Force, International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology (2020 - Present)
Associate Member, Stanford Diabetes Research Center (2018 - Present)
Stanford MD Admission Committee, Stanford University School of Medicine (2016 - Present)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Clinical Epidemiology (2016)
ScD, Harvard University, Boston, MA, Nutrition (2013)
ScD, Harvard University, Boston, MA, Epidemiology (2013)
MS, Harvard University, Boston, MA, Epidemiology (2008)
BS, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, Chemistry (2006)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Pharmacoepidemiology of type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications
Diabetes management in patients with chronic kidney disease
Nutritional epidemiology of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Racial and ethnic health disparities in diabetes and diabetes-related outcomes
Implementation science and clinical decision analysis
Qualitative research and mixed methods research