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Tamara Hamlish is a Research Scientist in Cancer Survivorship at the University of Illinois Cancer Center with more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing qualitative and mixed methods community-based research, evaluation, and healthcare interventions. She is a medical anthropologist with research focused on cancer survivorship, with an emphasis on cancer survivor experience, doctor-patient communication, and healthcare system capacity building for survivorship care. Prior to joining the UI Cancer Center in December 2017, she served as co-founder and Executive Director for ECHO-Chicago, where she spearheaded the adoption of the ECHO model in an urban setting with the goal of reducing barriers to access to best practice care in underserved urban communities. As part of this role, she also served as Project Director for the Hepatitis C Community Alliance to Test and Treat (HepCCATT), a CDC-funded multi-site intervention aimed at increasing community-based identification and cure of hepatitis C-infected individuals through capacity building for community-based diagnosis and treatment. Tamara’s research on cancer survivorship focuses on understanding the critical role of survivor and co-survivor experiences for addressing disparities in cancer health outcomes and care across the cancer continuum, from prevention and screening to palliative care and hospice. Her ethnographic research brings patient-centered insights to topics such as medication adherence and clinical trial participation, documenting how patient experiences diverge from clinical and medical models of cancer and identifying opportunities to improve patient experience and health outcomes. Tamara received her M.A. and PhD from the University of Chicago.