Dr. Shellie Ellis, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Kansas. Dr. Ellis is a health services researcher and implementation scientist focused on improving cancer care delivery. Her research seeks to measure guideline adherence and understand how physician, practice, and policy characteristics influence care to design and implement effective implementation interventions to improve quality of care and cancer outcomes.
Dr. Ellis has graduate training in medical anthropology and health services research and was awarded an NCI-funded Mentored Training in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC) fellowship in 2016. She serves on national study sections as an implementation scientist and the editorial board of the new international journal Implementation Science Communications.
Dr. Ellis has almost 20 years of experience implementing evidence-based research in practice. She has implemented both screening and treatment interventions in a variety of primary and specialty settings, spanning federally qualified health centers, hospital-owned outpatient clinics and private practices in rural, urban and suburban settings. She has designed implementation strategies to promote evidence-based practice in both primary care and specialty care practices and conducted multiple studies to assess determinants of healthcare provider adoption and implementation of evidence-based practice.
Her current work focuses on understanding and guiding the adoption of evidence-based cancer innovations among cancer specialty providers, particularly cancer care providers practicing in urologic, non-academic, and rural settings. She is currently principal investigator of a multi-modal intervention facilitating community urologists’ adherence to treatment guidelines and an R20 sub-project to understand determinants of community oncologists’ use of precision medicine in cancer treatment.