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. Her work utilizes pharmacoepidemiology and health services research to optimize diabetes care for patients with chronic kidney disease.
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 address disparities in access to optimal care, 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 dietary and racial risk factors for chronic disease endpoints.
Dr. Rhee holds dual doctorate 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 is a faculty member of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center and has served as a mentor in Stanford’s Spectrum Intensive Course in Clinical Research (ICCR) program. She currently mentors residents, nephrology fellows, and other new clinical investigators.
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
COVID-19 Task Force, CA ISPE (2020 - Present)
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
Health equity and disparities
Nutritional epidemiology of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Implementation science and clinical decision analysis
Qualitative research and mixed methods research