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Thelma Hurd, M.D., M.P.H.

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Director of Medical Education, Professor of Public Health Thelma Hurd, M.D., M.P.H.
Title: Director of Medical Education, Professor of Public Health
  • Masters of Public Health, 2019 — George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health, Washington, D.C.
  • Doctor of Medicine, 1983 — University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1978 — Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Associate of Arts, 1976 — Union College Cranford, NY

Medical School - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers Medical School)

Internship and Residency - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers Medical School)

Fellowship - Ohio State University, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Board Certification -  American Board of Surgery

Research Interests:
  • Health Disparities – Building community capacity to effect health equity among diverse, underserved populations.
  • Clinical Oncology – Breast disease in multicultural populations
  • Medical Education
Graduate Groups: Public Health

Publications (selected):

  1. Eisenman DP, Wiley DJ, Pollock BH, Rutherford GW, Rimoin AW, Bibbins-Domingo K, Checkoway H, Hurd T, Waters CM, Dawson-Rose C. Recommendations for Demonstrators, Law Enforcement, and Public Health Agencies for Reducing SARS-CcV-2 Transmission During Civil Protests. Public Health Reports 2021.
  2. Ziegahn, L., Joosten, Y., Nevarez, L., Hurd, T., Evans, J., Dumbauld, J., & Eder, M. M. Collaboration and Context in the Design of Community-Engaged Research Training. Health Promotion Practice.2020
  3. Bolton CD, Sunil TX, Hurd T, Guerra H. Hispanic Men and Women’s Knowledge, Beliefs, Perceived Susceptibility and Barriers to Clinical Breast Examination and Mammography Practices I South Texas Colonias. Journal of Community Health 2019 Dec;44(6):1069-1075. doi: 10.1007/s10900-019-00682- 1.PMID: 31161398
  4. Ziegahn L, Nevarez L, Hurd T, Evans J, Joosten Y, Dumbauld J, Eder MM. An Exploratory Study of Clinical and translational Science Award Community Engaged Research Training Programs. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science 2018 Jun 25;2(2):110-114. Doi: 10.1017/cts.2018.23. eCollection 2018 Apr.PMID: 31660224.
  5. Chilton JA, Rasmus M*, Lytton JS*, Kaplan CD, Jones LA, Hurd TC*. Ambivalence: A Key to Clinical Trial Participation? Frontiers in Oncology 2018.)
  6. Hurd TC, Kaplan CD, Cook ED, Chilton JA, Lytton JS, Hawk ET, Jones LA. Building trust and diversity in patient-centered oncology clinical trials: An integrated model. Clinical Trials. Apr;14(2):170-179, 2017 doi: 10.1177/1740774516688860. Epub 2017 Feb 7. PMID:28166647.)
  7. Mittendorf EA, Ballman KV, McCall LM, Yi M, Sahin AA, Bedrosian I, Hansen N, Lucci L, Gabram S, Hurd T, Giuliano AE, and Hunt KK: Evaluation of the Stage IB Designation of the AJCC Staging System in Breast Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology 33(10), 2014. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2014.57.2958.)
  8. Aguilar-Glaxiola S, Ahmed S, Zeno F, Kissack A, Davera G, Hurd TC, Ziegahn, Bates NJ, Calhoun C, Carter-Edwards L, Corbie-Smith G, Hacker K, Eder M, Ferrans C, Rumala B, Strelnick AH and Wallerstein N: Towards a Unified Taxonomy of Health Indicators: Academic Health Center and Communities Working Together to Improve Population Health. Academic Medicine 89(4):564-72, 2014. doi: 10. 1097.ACM. 0198.
  9. Bensink ME, Ramsey SD, Battaglia T, Fiscella K, Hurd TC, McKoy JM, Patierno SR, Raich PC, Seiber EE, Warren-Mears V, Whitley E, Paskett ED, Mandelblatt S; Patient Navigation Research Program. Costs and Outcomes Evaluation of Patient Navigation Following Abnormal Cancer Screening: Evidence from the Patient Navigation Research Program. Cancer. Feb 15;120(4):570-578. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28438.
  10. Hawk E, Habermann EB, Rogers LM, Ford JG, Wenzel J, Brahmer J, Chen MS, Jones LA, Hurd TC, Nguyen LH, Ahluwalia JS, Fouad M, Vickers SM: Five National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Centers’ Data Collection on Racial/Ethnic Minority Participation in Therapeutic Trials: A Current View and Opportunities for Improvement. Cancer Apr 1;120 Suppl 7: 1113-1121, 2014. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28571.)
  11. Durant RW, Wenzel JA, Scarinci IC, Paterniti DA, Fouad MN, Hurd TC, Martin MY: Perspectives on Barriers and Facilitators to Minority Recruitment for Clinical Trials Among Cancer Center Leaders, Investigators, Research Staff and Referring Clinicians: Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials (EMPaCT). Cancer Apr 1;120 Suppl 7:1097-1105, 2014. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28574.
  12. Sunil TS, Hurd T, Deem C, Neverez L, Guidry J, Rios R, Guerra H, Ortiz J and Jones LA: Breast Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Among Hispanics in South Texas Colonias. Journal of Community Health Fe;39(1):60-71, 2014. doi: 10.1007/s10900-013-9740-7. PMID:23903907.
  13.  Eder M, Carter-Edwards L, Hurd TC. Rumala BB and Wallerstein N: A Logic Model for Community Engagement within the CTSA Consortium: Can We Measure What We Model? Academic Medicine 88(9):1430-1436, 2013. doi:10.1097/ACM.0b013e31829b54ae.
  14. King DW, Hurd TC, Hajek RA, Jones LA: Using a Biopsychosocial Approach to Address Health Disparities- One Person’s Vision. Journal of Cancer Education 24;Suppl 2:S26-32, 2009.
  15. Harvey S, Kohga S, Sait SNJ, Markus G, Hurd TC, Martinick M, Geradts J, Saxena R, Gibbs JF.       Co- Expression of Urokinase with Haptoglobin in Human Carcinomas. Journal of Surgical Research April 152(2):189-197, 2009.
  16. Ramsey S, Whitley E, Warren-Mears V, McKoy JM, Everhart R, Caswell RJ, Hurd TC, Mandelblatt J. Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Cancer Patient Navigation Programs: Conceptual and Practical Issues. Cancer Dec1;115(23):5394-5403, 2009.
  17. Hurd TC, MD*, Sait S, PhD1, Kohga S, Winston J ,MD , Martinick, M MS4, Saxena R MD3, Markus G, PhD4, Harvey S, PhD4, John Gibbs, MD: Plasminogen Activator System Localization in 60 Cases of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ. Annals of Surgical Oncology. Nov14;14(11):3117-3124, 2007.
  18. Vazquez B*, Rousseau D and Hurd TC: Surgical Management of Breast Cancer. Seminars in Oncology Jun;34(3):234-240, 2007.
  19. Hurd TC, James T*, and Foster JM*. Factors that Affect Breast Cancer Treatment: Underserved and Minority Populations. Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America 14(1):119-130, 2005.
  20. Palesty A*, Foster J*, Hurd T, Watroba N, Rezaishiraz H, Edge SB: Axillary Recurrence in Women with a Negative Sentinel Lymph Node and No Axillary Dissection in Breast Cancer Journal of Surgical Oncology Feb 1; 93(2) 129-132, 2006.
  21. Newman, LA, Hurd T, Leitch M, Kuerer HM, Diehl K, Lucci A, Giuliano A, Hunt KK, Putnam W, Wells SA: A Report on Accrual Rates for Elderly and Minority-Ethnicity Cancer Patients to Clinical Trials of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group. Journal of the American College of Surgeons October 199(4):644- 651, 2004.
  22. Chu QD*, Hurd TC, Harvey S, Martinick M*, Markus G, Tan DF, Gibbs JF, Loree T: Overexpression of the Urinary Plasminogen Activator (uPA) Protein and mRNA in Thyroid Carcinogenesis. Diagnostic Molecular Pathology 13(4):241-246, 2004.
  23. Hinrichs CS*, Watroba NL, Rezaishiraz H, Giese W, Hurd T, Fassl KA: Lymphedema Secondary to Postmastectomy Radiation: Incidence and Risk. Annals of Surgical Oncology 11(6):573-580, 2004.
  24. Harvey SR, Hurd TC, Markus G, Martinick MI, Penetrante RM, Tan D, Venkataraman P, DeSouza N, Sait S, Driscoll D, Gibbs J: Evaluation of Urinary Plasminogen Activator, Its Receptor, Matrix Metalloproteinase- 9, and von Willebrand Factor in Pancreatic Cancer. Clinical Cancer Research 9(13):4935-4943, 2003.)
  25. Erwin DO, Ivory J, Stayton C, Willis M, Jandorf L, Thompson H, Womack S and Hurd TC: Replication and Dissemination of a Cancer Education Model for African American Women. Cancer Control 10(5 suppl):1-10, 2003.)
  26. Hurd TC, Muti P, Erwin D, Womack S: An Evaluation of the Integration of Non-Traditional Learning Tools into a Community Based Breast and Cervical Cancer Education Program: The Witness Project of Buffalo. BMC Cancer May 29; 3(1):18, 2003.
  27. Woo J*, Yu T, >Hurd T: Breast Cancer in Pregnancy: A Literature Review. Archives of Surgery, 138:91-98, 2003.


Discipline: Public Health