Ilana Graetz, PhD

Assistant Professor

MEMPHIS TN 381632199
Tel: (901) 448-2285


  • Ph.D., UC Berkeley, Health Services and Policy Analysis
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Economics and Political Economies of Industrial Societies

Research Keywords

Patient-provider communication, health information technology,  technology-based interventions, insurance benefit design and out-of-pocket costs, oncology care quality, disparities in care, healthcare policy

Research Description

  • Communication App to Manage Symptoms and Improve Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy Adherence.
    • NIH/NCI R01CA218155, (Graetz)                                                               
    • Sep 2017-Aug 2022
    • Role: Principal Investigator 
  • The Role of Adverse Symptoms and Clinical Response on Racial Disparity Outcomes in Breast Cancer.
    • NIH/NCI R21CA208161, (Graetz)                                                               
    • Aug 2017-Jul 2019
    • Role: Principal Investigator 
  • ACA Tobacco Surcharge: Impact on Affordability and Enrollment among Tobacco Users.
    • American Cancer Society, (Kaplan)                                                              
    • Feb 2018- Jan 2022
    • Role: Co-Investigator
  • Impact of Integrated Patient-Facing Health IT Tools in Quality and Resource Use for Patients with Diabetes.
    • NIH/NIDDK 2R01DK085070-05A1, (Reed)                                                
    • Sep 2016- Aug 2020
    • Role: Co-Investigator, UTHSC site-PI
  • Impact of Medicare Part D Coverage Gap Closure on Health Outcomes.
    • NIH/NIA R01AG054424, (Kaplan)                                                                   
    • Sep 2017- Jun 2020
    • Role: Co-Investigator
  • Diabetes Enhanced Patient Centered Medical Home.
    • Delta Health Alliance/Mississippi Medicaid, (Graetz)                     
    • Aug 2016 – Jul 2018
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Electronic Health Records and Hospital Quality Improvement.
    • The UTHSC Growing Research in Preventive Medicine Award, (Graetz)           
    • Mar 2017 – Mar 2018
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Online vs. in-person lay health advisor training for weight loss.
    • UTHSC/UAMS CORNET Award, (Graetz, Yeary)  
    • Sep 2017- Aug 2018
    • Role: Co-Principal Investigator


  1. McKillop, CN, Waters, TM, Kaplan, CM, Kaplan, EK, Thompson, MP, Graetz, I. Three years in - changing plan features in the U.S. health insurance marketplace. BMC Health Serv Res, 18 (1), 450, 2018.
  2. Graetz, I, Anderson, JN, McKillop, CN, Stepanski, EJ, Paladino, AJ, Tillmanns, TD. Use of a web-based app to improve postoperative outcomes for patients receiving gynecological oncology care: A randomized controlled feasibility trial. Gynecol Oncol, 2018.
  3. Surbhi, S, Graetz, I, Wan, JY, Gatwood, J, Bailey, JE. The Effect of Opioid Use and Mental Illness on Chronic Disease Medication Adherence in Superutilizers. J Manag Care Spec Pharm, 24 (3), 198-207, 2018.
  4. Graetz, I, McKillop, CN, Stepanski, E, Vidal, GA, Anderson, JN, Schwartzberg, LS. Use of a web-based app to improve breast cancer symptom management and adherence for aromatase inhibitors: a randomized controlled feasibility trial. J Cancer Surviv, 2018.
  5. Graetz, I, Huang, J, Brand, RJ, Hsu, J, Yamin, CK, Reed, ME. Bridging the digital divide: mobile access to personal health records among patients with diabetes. Am J Manag Care, 24 (1), 43-48, 2018.
  6. Fung, V, Graetz, I, Reed, M, Jaffe, MG. Patient-reported adherence to statin therapy, barriers to adherence, and perceptions of cardiovascular risk. PLoS One, 13 (2), e0191817, 2017.
  7. Graetz, I, McKillop, CN, Kaplan, CM, Waters, TM. Lessons Learned From the Affordable Care Act: The Premium Subsidy Design May Promote Adverse Selection. Med Care Res Rev, 1077558717703165, 2017.
  8. Weems, MF, Graetz, I, Lan, R, DeBaer, LR, Beeman, G. Electronic communication preferences among mothers in the neonatal intensive care unit. J Perinatol, 2016.
  9. Graetz, I, Gordon, N, Fung, V, Hamity, C, Reed, ME. The Digital Divide and Patient Portals: Internet Access Explained Differences in Patient Portal Use for Secure Messaging by Age, Race, and Income. Med Care, 2016.
  10. Reed, M, Graetz, I, Gordon, N, Fung, V. Patient-initiated e-mails to providers: associations with out-of-pocket visit costs, and impact on care-seeking and health. Am J Manag Care, 21 (12), e632-e639, 2016.
  11. Graetz, I, Huang, J, Brand, R, Shortell, SM, Rundall, TG, Bellows, J, Hsu, J, Jaffe, M, Reed, ME. The impact of electronic health records and teamwork on diabetes care quality. Am J Manag Care, 21 (12), 878-884, 2015.
  12. Gatwood, J, Graetz, I, Stepanski, E, Vidal, G, Schwartzberg, L. Prevalence And Reasons For Nonadherence To Aromatase Inhibitors In An Outpatient Oncology Clinic. Value Health, 18 (7), A467, 2015.
  13. Liber, AC, Drope, JM, Graetz, I, Waters, TM, Kaplan, CM. Tobacco Surcharges on 2015 Health Insurance Plans Sold in Federally Facilitated Marketplaces: Variations by Age and Geography and Implications for Health Equity. Am J Public Health, e1-e3, 2015.
  14. Harris, LJ, Graetz, I, Podila, PS, Wan, J, Waters, TM, Bailey, JE. Characteristics of Hospital and Emergency Care Super-utilizers with Multiple Chronic Conditions. J Emerg Med, 2015.
  15. Graetz, I. Capsule Commentary on Richman et al., Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Era of the Affordable Care Act. J Gen Intern Med, 2015.
  16. Waters, TM, Webster, JA, Stevens, LA, Li, T, Kaplan, CM, Graetz, I, McAneny, BL. Community Oncology Medical Homes: Physician-Driven Change to Improve Patient Care and Reduce Costs. J Oncol Pract, 2015.
  17. Graetz, I, Reed, M, Shortell, SM, Rundall, TG, Bellows, J, Hsu, J. The Next Step Towards Making Use Meaningful: Electronic Information Exchange and Care Coordination Across Clinicians and Delivery Sites. Med Care, 2014.
  18. Graetz, I, Kaplan, CM, Kaplan, EK, Bailey, JE, Waters, TM. The U.S. Health Insurance Marketplace: Are Premiums Truly Affordable. Ann Intern Med, 2014.
  19. Kaplan, CM, Graetz, I, Waters, TM. Most exchange plans charge lower tobacco surcharges than allowed, but many tobacco users lack affordable coverage. Health Aff (Millwood), 33 (8), 1466-73, 2014.
  20. Fung, V, Graetz, I, Galbraith, A, Hamity, C, Huang, J, Vollmer, WM, Hsu, J, Wu, AC. Financial Barriers to Care Among Low-Income Children With Asthma: Health Care Reform Implications. JAMA Pediatr, 2014.
  21. Graetz, I, Reed, M, Shortell, SM, Rundall, TG, Belows, J, Hsu, J. The Association between EHRs and Care Coordination Varies by Team Cohesion. Health Serv Res, 2013.
  22. Reed, M, Huang, J, Brand, R, Graetz, I, Neugebauer, R, Fireman, B, Jaffe, M, Ballard, DW, Hsu, J. Implementation of an outpatient electronic health record and emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and office visits among patients with diabetes. JAMA, 310 (10), 1060-5, 2013.
  23. Ballard, DW, Rauchwerger, AS, Reed, ME, Vinson, DR, Mark, DG, Offerman, SR, Chettipally, UK, Graetz, I, Dayan, P, Kuppermann, N, ,. Emergency physicians' knowledge and attitudes of clinical decision support in the electronic health record: a survey-based study. Acad Emerg Med, 20 (4), 352-60, 2013.
  24. Reed, ME, Graetz, I, Fung, V, Newhouse, JP, Hsu, J. In consumer-directed health plans, a majority of patients were unaware of free or low-cost preventive care. Health Aff (Millwood), 31 (12), 2641-8, 2012.
  25. Graetz, I, Reed, M, Fung, V, Dow, WH, Newhouse, JP, Hsu, J. COBRA ARRA subsidies: was the carrot enticing enough. Health Serv Res, 47 (5), 1980-98, 2012.
  26. Reed, M, Huang, J, Graetz, I, Brand, R, Hsu, J, Fireman, B, Jaffe, M. Outpatient electronic health records and the clinical care and outcomes of patients with diabetes mellitus. Ann Intern Med, 157 (7), 482-9, 2012.
  27. Reed, M, Graetz, I, Wang, H, Fung, V, Newhouse, JP, Hsu, J. Consumer-directed health plans with health savings accounts: whose skin is in the game and how do costs affect care seeking. Med Care, 50 (7), 585-90, 2012.
  28. Graetz, I, Reed, M, Rundall, T, Bellows, J, Brand, R, Hsu, J. Care coordination and electronic health records: connecting clinicians. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, 2009, 208-12, 2009.
  29. Strandberg-Larsen, M, Schiøtz, ML, Silver, JD, Frølich, A, Andersen, JS, Graetz, I, Reed, M, Bellows, J, Krasnik, A, Rundall, T, Hsu, J. Is the Kaiser Permanente model superior in terms of clinical integration?: a comparative study of Kaiser Permanente, Northern California and the Danish healthcare system. BMC Health Serv Res, 10, 91, 2009.
  30. Rundall, TG, Martelli, PF, Arroyo, L, McCurdy, R, Graetz, I, Neuwirth, EB, Curtis, P, Schmittdiel, J, Gibson, M, Hsu, J. The informed decisions toolbox: tools for knowledge transfer and performance improvement. J Healthc Manag, 52 (5), 325-41; discussion 341-2, 2007.