Dr. Skolarus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Michigan and a Core Investigator at the VA Ann Arbor HSR&D Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR). He completed a fellowship in urologic oncology and health services research at the University of Michigan after finishing urologic surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He also completed a fellowship in implementation research through the Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC) supported by the National Cancer Institute and VA Health Services Research & Development. His research interests aim to better understand the delivery of prostate cancer survivorship care, support the ongoing needs of prostate cancer survivors and their providers, and identify opportunities to improve care coordination among cancer specialists and primary care providers. He has conducted both observational and intervention-related research in prostate cancer survivorship with particular attention to primary care provider roles in survivorship care. He led the American Cancer Society efforts to develop and publish prostate cancer survivorship guidelines. The goal of Dr. Skolarus’ VA HSR&D Career Development Award is to understand and improve the delivery of prostate cancer survivorship care using state-of-the-art implementation science methods. His mixed methods research program combines analyses of VA national claims data with complementary qualitative data, producing the information needed to design and implement reliable interventions.
Dr. Skolarus is supported by a VA HSR&D Career Development Award - 2 (CDA 12-171) and VA HSR&D Merit Awards (IIR 12-116 and 1 I01 HX002126-01).
Skolarus TA, Metreger T, Hwang S, Kim HM, Grubb RL 3rd, Gingrich JR, Hawley ST: Optimizing veteran-centered prostate cancer survivorship care: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 18(1): 181, 2017. PM28420419/PMC5395886
Selove R, Birken SA, Skolarus TA, Hahn EE, Sales A, Proctor EK: Using Implementation Science to Examine the Impact of Cancer Survivorship Care Plans. J Clin Oncol: 2016. PM27621409
Bernat JK, Wittman DA, Hawley ST, Hamstra DA, Helfand AM, Haggstrom DA, Darwish-Yassine M, Skolarus TA: Symptom burden and information needs in prostate cancer survivors: a case for tailored long-term survivorship care. BJU Int doi: 10.1111/bju.13329: [Epub ahead of print], 2015. PM26389529
Skolarus TA, Wolf AM, Erb NL, Brooks DD, Rivers BM, Underwood W, Salner AL, Zelefsky MJ, Aragon-Ching JB, Slovin SF, Wittmann DA, Hoyt MA, Sinibaldi VJ, Chodak G, Pratt-Chapman ML, Cowens-Alvarado RL: American Cancer Society prostate cancer survivorship care guidelines CA Cancer J Clin 64(4): 225-249, 2014. PM24916760