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Jennifer Gander, PhD, MSPH


Dr. Jennifer Gander is an epidemiologist for health outcomes research and committed to a career in clinical and translational research. Dr. Gander’s focus is to improve health outcomes for patients diagnosed with chronic diseases. More specifically, Dr. Gander’s emphasis is to improve health outcomes for patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end state renal disease (ESRD). Dr. Gander’s current work focuses on talking with patients to understand their experiences with managing kidney disease and working with the nephrology team to improve patient education and reduce barriers in their care.

Dr. Jennifer Gander continues her translational research at Kaiser Permanente Georgia. Dr. Gander partners with experts across the country and within Kaiser Permanente Georgia to ensure the best practices are available to our members. Dr. Gander recognizes the importance of involving patients, community members, researchers, and healthcare providers at every stage and continues building partnerships with patients and healthcare providers to ensure improved health outcomes for Kaiser Permanente Georgia members.

Fellowship, Clinical Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2018
PhD, Epidemiology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 2014
MPSH, Epidemiology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 2011
BS, Biological Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2007

Research Interests
Clinical epidemiology, improving access to care, healthcare disparities, healthcare outcomes, dissemination and implementation science, quantitative research, chronic disease, process improvement

Selected Publications:
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McPherson LJ, Walker ER, Yi-Ting HL, Gander JC, Wang Z, Reeves-Daniel AM, Browne T, Ellis MJ, Rossi AP, Pastan SO, Patzer RE. Dialysis facility profit status and early steps in kidney transplantation in the Southeastern United States. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. June 2021. PMID: 34039566.

Melanson TA, Gander JC, Rossi A, Adler JT, Patzer RE. Variation in waitlisting rates at the dialysis facility level in the context of goals for improving kidney health in the United States. Kidney Internation Reports. May 2021. PMID: 34307990.

McPherson LJ, Barry V, Yackley J, Gander JC, Pastan SO, Plantinga LC, Paul S, Patzer RE. Distance to kidney transplant center and access to early steps in the kidney transplantation process in the Southeastern United States. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. April 2020. PMID: 32209583.

Gander JC, Zhang X, Ross K, Wilk AS, McPherson L, Browne T, Pastan SO, Walker E, Wang Z, Patzer RE. Association between dialysis facility ownership and access to kidney transplantation. JAMA. September 2019. PMID: 31503308

Hamoda RE, McPherson L, Lipford K, Arriola KJ, Plantinga L, Gander JC, Hartmann E, Mulloy L, Zayas CF, Lee KN, Pastan SO, Patzer RE. Association of sociocultural factors with initiation of the kidney transplant evaluation process. American Journal of Transplantation. July 2019. PMID: 31278832

Tan VS, Garg AX, McArthur E, Patzer RE, Gander J, Roshanov P, Kim SJ, Knoll GA, Yohanna S, McCallum MK, Naylor KL. Predicting 3-year survival in patient receiving maintenance dialysis: an external validation of iChoose Kidney in Ontario, Canada. Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Diseases. October 2018. PMID: 30302267

Gander JC, Basu M, McPherson L, Garber MD, Pastan SO, Manatunga A, Arriola K, Patzer RE. iChoose Kidney for Treatment Options: Updated Models for Shared Decision Aid. Transplantation. September 2018. PMID 29979349

Gander JC, Zhang X, Plantinga L, Paul S, Basu M, Pastan SO, Gibney E, Hartmann E, Mulloy L, Zayas C, Patzer RE. Racial Disparities in Preemptive Referral for Kidney Transplantation in Georgia. Clinical Transplantation. August 2018. PMID 3009978

Hamoda RE, Gander JC, McPherson LJ, Arriola KJ, Cobb L, Pastan SO, Plantinga L, Browne T, Hartmann E, Mulloy L, Zayas CF, Krisher J, Patzer RE. Process Evaluation of the RaDIANT Community Study: a Dialysis Facility-Level Intervention to Increase Referral for Kidney Transplantation. BMC Nephrology. January 2018. PMID: 29334900

Lipford K, McPherson LJ, Hamoda RE, Browne T, Gander JC, Pastan SO, Patzer RE. Dialysis Facility Staff Perceptions of Racial, Gender, and Age Disparities in Renal Transplantation. BMC Nephrology. January 2018. PMID: 29316901

Gander JC, Gordon EJ, Patzer RE. Decision aids to increase living donor kidney transplantation. Current Transplantation Reports. March 2017. PMID: 29034143

Patzer RE, Smith K, Basu M, Gander J, Mohan S, Escoffery C, Plantinga L, Melanson T, Kalloo S, Green G, Berlin A, Renville G, Browne T, Turgeon N, Caponi S, Zhang R, Pastan S. The ASCENT (Allocation System Changes for Equity in Kidney Transplantation) Study: a Randomized Effectiveness-Implementation Study to Improve Kidney Transplant Waitlisting and Reduce Racial Disparity. Kidney International Reports. May 2017. PMID: 28845470

Patzer RE, Paul S, Plantinga L, Gander J, Sauls L, Krisher J, Mulloy L, Gibney E, Zayas C, McClellan WM, Arriola KJ, Pastan SO. “A randomized trial to reduce disparities in referral for transplant evaluation.” JASN. October 2016. PMID: 27738125

Browne T, Amamoo AM, Patzer RE, Krisher J, Well H, Gander J, Pastan S. Everybody needs a cheerleader to get a kidney transplant: a qualitative study of the patient barriers and facilitators to kidney transplantation in the Southeastern United States. BMC Nephrology. July 2016. PMID: 27476111

Patzer RE, Basu M, Mohan S, Smith KD, Wolf M, Ladner D, Friedewald J, Chiles M, Russell A, McPherson L, Gander J, Pastan SO. A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Mobile Clinical Decision Aid to Improve Access to Kidney Transplantation: iChoose Kidney. Kidney International Reports. April 2016. PMID: 27610423

Browne T, Patzer R, Gander J, Amamoo AM, Krisher J, Sauls L, Pastan S. Kidney Transplant Referral Practices in Southeastern Dialysis Units. Clinical Transplantation. April 2016. PMID: 26782140

Gander J, Browne T, Plantinga L, Pastan SO, Sauls L, Krisher J, Patzer RE. Dialysis Facility Transplant Philosophy and Access to Kidney Transplantation in the Southeast. American Journal of Nephrology. August 6 2015. PMID: 26278585


Gander JC. American Association of Kidney Patients. Tips to get kidney patients going on their physical activity journey. American Association of Kidney Patients. RENALife. July 2021.

Gander JC. Get motivated and get moving for better health. American Association of Kidney Patients. RENALife. Volume 53. Number 3. May 2020.

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