The Department of Urology is pleased to welcome Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH to a part time Assistant Professor appointment to further her work in prostate cancer health disparities research. Her work explores racial/ethnic disparities in prostate cancer, specifically examining treatment decision-making, patient-provider communication, quality of care, and health outcomes among minority and low-income patients. This complements her primary appointment in the Division of General Internal Medicine at SFGH. s
Dr. Palmer received her undergraduate training from Morgan State University, where she obtained a degree in health education with honors. She then earned a master’s degree in public health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and subsequently worked for 3 years at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Georgia collaborating with community organizations on cancer education and early detection in minority and underserved communities. Dr. Palmer then earned a doctorate in public health, in behavioral sciences and health promotion from the University of Texas, School of Public Health in Houston. During her doctoral program, she was a pre-doctoral fellow in an NCI-sponsored cancer prevention and control training program. She extended her training in cancer with a focus on cancer survivorship and health disparities as a postdoctoral fellow on an NCI-sponsored training award at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Currently, she also an Assistant Professor, with a primary appointment in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and secondary appointments in Radiation Oncology. Dr. Palmer is also an Associate member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Read more on her biography page