Dr. Veenstra is a practicing medical oncologist and health services researcher with a focus in cancer care delivery research. She is an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, at the University of Michigan. She received formal training in health services research at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Masters in Health Policy Research concurrent with medical oncology fellowship training. She received her MD degree from Wayne State University and completed residency in Internal Medicine and served as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Veenstra’ overarching goal is to understand and improve the delivery and quality of cancer care. Her clinical experiences caring for patients with cancer and their families inform the conception, design, and conduct of her research studies. She is the PI of a currently ongoing NCI-funded R37 study partnering with the Georgia and Los Angeles County Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registries to understand population-level patterns and potential disparities in use of targeted and immunotherapies among diverse patients with metastatic cancer. She also recently completed an NCI-funded K07 study to understand the role of spouses and partners in patients’ receipt of guideline-recommended colorectal cancer surveillance. She is currently designing a multilevel intervention to improve receipt of colorectal cancer surveillance. Dr. Veenstra is a member of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation’s Early Career Faculty Advisory Council and is Vice Chair of the Rogel Cancer Center Emerging Leaders Council.