Founded at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Tara Kaufmann, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Breast Oncology, Livestrong Cancer Institutes, UT Austin

Tara Kaufmann is an Assistant Professor of Breast Oncology at the Livestrong Cancer Institutes and Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on leveraging PROs and novel care delivery models to improve supportive care services and cancer care delivery for patients with advanced cancer. She has expertise in PRO measurement in clinical trials.


Dr. Kaufmann was an Innovation Faculty member with PC3I and Instructor in the Department of Medical Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania from 2019-2020 after previously serving as an Innovation Fellow with PC3I from 2017-2019. Dr. Kaufmann conducted an implementation science project to understand patient perspectives on cancer care delivery surrounding unplanned acute care events (hospitalizations and ED visits). She also completed an analysis of PRO data from a nationally representative palliative care registry to identify “PRO profiles” of oncology patients referred to palliative care in the real-world setting, as a step toward developing a patient-reported tool for screening for palliative care needs.


Dr. Kaufmann earned her BA in Biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania and sub-matriculated to complete a Master of Science in Chemistry. She received her medical degree at the University of California – San Francisco and trained in internal medicine residency at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She then completed a palliative care fellowship at Duke before moving back to UPenn for oncology fellowship. She is completing a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology with a concentration in patient-centered outcomes research. She has research experience with PROs, latent class analysis, mixed methods, and implementation science.

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