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Rebecca S. Boxer, MD, MS

TitleMedical Director of Clinical Trials
InstitutionKaiser Permanente Colorado
DepartmentInstitute for Health Research
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    DepartmentInstitute for Health Research


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    Dr. Boxer is the Medical Director of Clinical Trials of the Institute for Health Research. She joined the department in November of 2018.

    Dr. Boxer earned her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania and completed residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Subsequently, she completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Connecticut followed by a Fellowship in Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Boxer then obtained a Masters of Clinical Investigation at Case Western Reserve University.

    Prior to coming to Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Boxer was an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Geriatric Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Colorado. She conducted research in heart failure disease management in both the skilled nursing care and home health care settings. Additional areas of research included physical activity, sedentary behavior, bone and muscle health and fraility in older adults with heart failure. Dr. Boxer has published in numerous journals and continues to provide research and career mentorship to many students and trainees. She is an active member of the American Heart Association, the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and the American Geriatrics Society. She continues to be a practicing Geriatrician within the Colorado Permanente Medical Group (CPMG).

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    1. Kohrt WM, Wolfe P, Sherk VD, Wherry SJ, Wellington T, Melanson EL, Swanson CM, Weaver CM, Boxer RS. Dermal Calcium Loss is Not the Primary Determinant of PTH Secretion during Exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2019 Apr 18. PMID: 31009423.
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    2. Drake C, Wald HL, Eber LB, Trojanowski JI, Nearing KA, Boxer RS. Research Priorities in Post-acute and Long-term Care: Results of a Stakeholder Needs Assessment. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 Apr 11. PMID: 30982714.
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    3. Portz JD, Bayliss EA, Bull S, Boxer RS, Bekelman DB, Gleason K, Czaja S. Using the Technology Acceptance Model to Explore User Experience, Intent to Use, and Use Behavior of a Patient Portal Among Older Adults With Multiple Chronic Conditions: Descriptive Qualitative Study. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Apr 08; 21(4):e11604. PMID: 30958272.
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    4. Jones CD, Jones J, Bowles KH, Flynn L, Masoudi FA, Coleman EA, Levy C, Boxer RS. Quality of Hospital Communication and Patient Preparation for Home Health Care: Results From a Statewide Survey of Home Health Care Nurses and Staff. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 Apr; 20(4):487-491. PMID: 30799224.
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    5. Jones CD, Jones J, Bowles KH, Schroeder S, Masoudi FA, Coleman EA, Falvey J, Levy CR, Boxer RS. Patient, Caregiver, and Clinician Perspectives on Expectations for Home Healthcare after Discharge: A Qualitative Case Study. J Hosp Med. 2019 02; 14(2):90-95. PMID: 30785416.
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    6. Kohrt WM, Wherry SJ, Wolfe P, Sherk VD, Wellington T, Swanson CM, Weaver CM, Boxer RS. Maintenance of Serum Ionized Calcium During Exercise Attenuates Parathyroid Hormone and Bone Resorption Responses. J Bone Miner Res. 2018 Jul; 33(7):1326-1334. PMID: 29572961.
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    7. Heckman GA, Shamji AK, Ladha R, Stapleton J, Boscart V, Boxer RS, Martin LB, Crutchlow L, McKelvie RS. Heart Failure Management in Nursing Homes: A Scoping Literature Review. Can J Cardiol. 2018 07; 34(7):871-880. PMID: 29960616.
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    8. Jones CD, Jones J, Richard A, Bowles K, Lahoff D, Boxer RS, Masoudi FA, Coleman EA, Wald HL. "Connecting the Dots": A Qualitative Study of Home Health Nurse Perspectives on Coordinating Care for Recently Discharged Patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Oct; 32(10):1114-1121. PMID: 28707258.
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    9. Portz JD, Vehovec A, Dolansky MA, Levin JB, Bull S, Boxer R. The Development and Acceptability of a Mobile Application for Tracking Symptoms of Heart Failure Among Older Adults. Telemed J E Health. 2018 02; 24(2):161-165. PMID: 28696832.
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    10. Lum H, Obafemi O, Dukes J, Nowels M, Samon K, Boxer RS. Use of Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment for Heart Failure Patients During Postacute Care in Skilled Nursing Facilities. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017 Oct 01; 18(10):885-890. PMID: 28688730.
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    11. Scott JF, Das LM, Ahsanuddin S, Qiu Y, Binko AM, Traylor ZP, Debanne SM, Cooper KD, Boxer R, Lu KQ. Oral Vitamin D Rapidly Attenuates Inflammation from Sunburn: An Interventional Study. J Invest Dermatol. 2017 10; 137(10):2078-2086. PMID: 28576736.
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    12. Jones CD, Bowles KH, Richard A, Boxer RS, Masoudi FA. High-Value Home Health Care for Patients With Heart Failure: An Opportunity to Optimize Transitions From Hospital to Home. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2017 05; 10(5). PMID: 28495675.
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    13. Forman DE, Arena R, Boxer R, Dolansky MA, Eng JJ, Fleg JL, Haykowsky M, Jahangir A, Kaminsky LA, Kitzman DW, Lewis EF, Myers J, Reeves GR, Shen WK. Prioritizing Functional Capacity as a Principal End Point for Therapies Oriented to Older Adults With Cardiovascular Disease: A Scientific Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017 Apr 18; 135(16):e894-e918. PMID: 28336790.
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    14. Horney C, Capp R, Boxer R, Burke RE. Factors Associated With Early Readmission Among Patients Discharged to Post-Acute Care Facilities. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jun; 65(6):1199-1205. PMID: 28255991.
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    15. Zhu W, Luo L, Jain T, Boxer RS, Cui L, Zhang GQ. DCDS: A Real-time Data Capture and Personalized Decision Support System for Heart Failure Patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2016; 2016:2100-2109. PMID: 28269970.
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    16. Daddato A, Wald HL, Horney C, Fairclough DL, Leister EC, Coors M, Capell WH, Boxer RS. A randomized trial of heart failure disease management in skilled nursing facilities (SNF Connect): Lessons learned. Clin Trials. 2017 Jun; 14(3):308-313. PMID: 28135830.
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    17. Jones CD, Cumbler E, Honigman B, Burke RE, Boxer RS, Levy C, Coleman EA, Wald HL. Hospital to Post-Acute Care Facility Transfers: Identifying Targets for Information Exchange Quality Improvement. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017 01; 18(1):70-73. PMID: 27815110.
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    18. Orr NM, Boxer RS, Dolansky MA, Allen LA, Forman DE. Skilled Nursing Facility Care for Patients With Heart Failure: Can We Make It "Heart Failure Ready?" J Card Fail. 2016 Dec; 22(12):1004-1014. PMID: 27769909.
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    19. Dolansky MA, Capone L, Leister E, Boxer RS. Targeting heart failure rehospitalizations in a skilled nursing facility: A case report. Heart Lung. 2016 Sep-Oct; 45(5):392-6. PMID: 27340005.
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    20. Jones CD, Wald HL, Boxer RS, Masoudi FA, Burke RE, Capp R, Coleman EA, Ginde AA. Characteristics Associated with Home Health Care Referrals at Hospital Discharge: Results from the 2012 National Inpatient Sample. Health Serv Res. 2017 04; 52(2):879-894. PMID: 27196526.
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    21. Kiggundu DS, Mutebi E, Kibirige D, Boxer R, Kakande B, Kigozi BK, Katabira E. Vitamin D deficiency and its characteristics among patients with acute stroke at a national referral hospital in Kampala Uganda. BMC Endocr Disord. 2015 Oct 05; 15:53. PMID: 26437924.
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    22. Au L, Meisch JP, Das LM, Binko AM, Boxer RS, Wen AM, Steinmetz NF, Lu KQ. Suppression of Hyperactive Immune Responses Protects against Nitrogen Mustard Injury. J Invest Dermatol. 2015 Dec; 135(12):2971-2981. PMID: 26288355.
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    23. Jones CD, Ginde AA, Burke RE, Wald HL, Masoudi FA, Boxer RS. Increasing Home Healthcare Referrals upon Discharge from U.S. Hospitals: 2001-2012. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Jun; 63(6):1265-6. PMID: 26096410.
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    24. Beveridge LA, Struthers AD, Khan F, Jorde R, Scragg R, Macdonald HM, Alvarez JA, Boxer RS, Dalbeni A, Gepner AD, Isbel NM, Larsen T, Nagpal J, Petchey WG, Stricker H, Strobel F, Tangpricha V, Toxqui L, Vaquero MP, Wamberg L, Zittermann A, Witham MD. Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation on Blood Pressure: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Incorporating Individual Patient Data. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May; 175(5):745-54. PMID: 25775274.
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    25. Jurgens CY, Goodlin S, Dolansky M, Ahmed A, Fonarow GC, Boxer R, Arena R, Blank L, Buck HG, Cranmer K, Fleg JL, Lampert RJ, Lennie TA, Lindenfeld J, Piña IL, Semla TP, Trebbien P, Rich MW. Heart failure management in skilled nursing facilities: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America. Circ Heart Fail. 2015 May; 8(3):655-87. PMID: 25855686.
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    26. Jurgens CY, Goodlin S, Dolansky M, Ahmed A, Fonarow GC, Boxer R, Arena R, Blank L, Buck HG, Cranmer K, Fleg JL, Lampert RJ, Lennie TA, Lindenfeld J, Piña IL, Semla TP, Trebbien P, Rich MW. Heart failure management in skilled nursing facilities: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America. J Card Fail. 2015 Apr; 21(4):263-99. PMID: 25863664.
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    27. Levin JB, Peterson PN, Dolansky MA, Boxer RS. Health literacy and heart failure management in patient-caregiver dyads. J Card Fail. 2014 Oct; 20(10):755-61. PMID: 25072623.
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    28. Boxer RS, Shah KB, Kenny AM. Frailty and prognosis in advanced heart failure. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2014 Mar; 8(1):25-9. PMID: 24346236.
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    29. Boxer RS, Hoit BD, Schmotzer BJ, Stefano GT, Gomes A, Negrea L. The effect of vitamin d on aldosterone and health status in patients with heart failure. J Card Fail. 2014 May; 20(5):334-42. PMID: 24508026.
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    30. Shah KB, Rahim S, Boxer RS. Heart failure readmissions. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2013 Aug; 15(4):437-49. PMID: 23817724.
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    31. Boxer RS, Dolansky MA, Bodnar CA, Singer ME, Albert JM, Gravenstein S. A randomized trial of heart failure disease management in skilled nursing facilities: design and rationale. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2013 Sep; 14(9):710.e5 -11. PMID: 23871475.
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    32. Miura LN, Boxer RS. Women in medicine and the ticking clock. Ann Fam Med. 2013 Jul-Aug; 11(4):381-2. PMID: 23835825.
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    33. Dolansky MA, Hitch JA, Piña IL, Boxer RS. Improving heart failure disease management in skilled nursing facilities: lessons learned. Clin Nurs Res. 2013 Nov; 22(4):432-47. PMID: 23606187.
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    34. Boxer RS, Kenny AM, Schmotzer BJ, Vest M, Fiutem JJ, Piña IL. A randomized controlled trial of high dose vitamin D3 in patients with heart failure. JACC Heart Fail. 2013 Feb; 1(1):84-90. PMID: 24614995.
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    35. Madigan E, Schmotzer BJ, Struk CJ, DiCarlo CM, Kikano G, Piña IL, Boxer RS. Home health care with telemonitoring improves health status for older adults with heart failure. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2013; 32(1):57-74. PMID: 23438509.
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    36. DiCarlo C, Schmotzer B, Vest M, Boxer R. Body mass index and 25 hydroxyvitamin D status in patients with and without heart failure. Congest Heart Fail. 2012 May-Jun; 18(3):133-7. PMID: 22587742.
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    37. Dolansky MA, Zullo MD, Boxer RS, Moore SM. Initial efficacy of a cardiac rehabilitation transition program: Cardiac TRUST. J Gerontol Nurs. 2011 Dec; 37(12):36-44. PMID: 22084960.
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    38. Dolansky MA, Zullo MD, Hassanein S, Schaefer JT, Murray P, Boxer R. Cardiac rehabilitation in skilled nursing facilities: a missed opportunity. Heart Lung. 2012 Mar-Apr; 41(2):115-24. PMID: 22054718.
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    39. Piña IL, Oghlakian G, Boxer R. Behavioral intervention, nutrition, and exercise trials in heart failure. Heart Fail Clin. 2011 Oct; 7(4):467-79. PMID: 21925430.
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    40. Boxer RS, Dolansky MA, Frantz MA, Prosser R, Hitch JA, Piña IL. The Bridge Project: improving heart failure care in skilled nursing facilities. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2012 Jan; 13(1):83.e1-7. PMID: 21450244.
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    41. Ky B, French B, McCloskey K, Rame JE, McIntosh E, Shahi P, Dries DL, Tang WH, Wu AH, Fang JC, Boxer R, Sweitzer NK, Levy WC, Goldberg LR, Jessup M, Cappola TP. High-sensitivity ST2 for prediction of adverse outcomes in chronic heart failure. Circ Heart Fail. 2011 Mar; 4(2):180-7. PMID: 21178018.
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    42. Boxer RS, Kenny AM, Cheruvu VK, Vest M, Fiutem JJ, Piña II. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration is associated with functional capacity in older adults with heart failure. Am Heart J. 2010 Nov; 160(5):893-9. PMID: 21095277.
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    43. Kenny AM, Boxer RS, Kleppinger A, Brindisi J, Feinn R, Burleson JA. Dehydroepiandrosterone combined with exercise improves muscle strength and physical function in frail older women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Sep; 58(9):1707-14. PMID: 20863330.
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    44. Boxer R, Kleppinger A, Ahmad A, Annis K, Hager D, Kenny A. The 6-minute walk is associated with frailty and predicts mortality in older adults with heart failure. Congest Heart Fail. 2010 Sep-Oct; 16(5):208-13. PMID: 20887617.
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    45. Boxer RS, Kleppinger A, Brindisi J, Feinn R, Burleson JA, Kenny AM. Effects of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) on cardiovascular risk factors in older women with frailty characteristics. Age Ageing. 2010 Jul; 39(4):451-8. PMID: 20484057.
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    46. Boxer RS, Dauser DA, Walsh SJ, Hager WD, Kenny AM. The association between vitamin D and inflammation with the 6-minute walk and frailty in patients with heart failure. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Mar; 56(3):454-61. PMID: 18194227.
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    47. Boxer RS, Wang Z, Walsh SJ, Hager D, Kenny AM. The utility of the 6-minute walk test as a measure of frailty in older adults with heart failure. Am J Geriatr Cardiol. 2008 Jan-Feb; 17(1):7-12. PMID: 18174754.
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    48. Kenny AM, Boxer R, Walsh S, Hager WD, Raisz LG. Femoral bone mineral density in patients with heart failure. Osteoporos Int. 2006; 17(9):1420-7. PMID: 16770521.
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    49. Boxer RS, Dunlap ME. Aldosterone antagonists in the treatment and prevention of heart failure. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2005 Dec; 7(6):431-6. PMID: 16283969.
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    50. Boxer RS, Kenny AM, Dowsett R, Taxel P. The effect of 6 months of androgen deprivation therapy on muscle and fat mass in older men with localized prostate cancer. Aging Male. 2005 Sep-Dec; 8(3-4):207-12. PMID: 16390748.
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    51. Boxer R, Yang SX, Hager WD. Congestive heart failure and the elderly. Conn Med. 2003 Sep; 67(8):497-503. PMID: 14587131.
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    52. Santucci JJ, Katz S, Pogo GJ, Boxer R. Peripartum acute myocardial infarction in Marfan's syndrome. Am Heart J. 1994 May; 127(5):1404-7. PMID: 8172072.
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    53. Shapiro J, Boxer R, Krongrad E. Abnormal septal motion in patients with postoperative right bundle branch block pattern. Am Heart J. 1979 Feb; 97(2):147-54. PMID: 760445.
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