Nengliang (Aaron) Yao, Ph.D.

Aaron Yao

Nengliang Aaron Yao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Public Health Sciences

Ph.D., Health Policy and Administration, Penn State, 2013
M.S., Software Engineering, Peking University, 2007
B.S., Marketing, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, 2004

P.O. Box 800765, Charlottesville, VA 22903-0765
Tel: 1-434-243-4874
560 Ray C Hunt Drive (Ivy Translational Research Building). Office 2107

Research Interests:

Health policy and administration issues around homebound cancer patients
Cancer prevention and control in the global context

Teaching Interests:

Global health
Health policy and administration
Research design & methods
Cancer health disparities

Recent Publications:       

  • Brett Lissenden, Nengliang (Aaron) Yao. Affordable Care Act Changes To Medicare Led To Increased Diagnoses Of Early-Stage Colorectal Cancer Among Seniors. Health Affairs. 2017. 36 (1): 101-107.
  • Nengliang (Aaron) Yao, Karen Rose, Virginia LeBaron, Fabian Camacho, Peter Boling. Increasing Role of Nurse Practitioners in House Call Programs. Journal of American Geriatrics Society. 2016. doi:10.1111/jgs.14698
  • Nengliang (Aaron) Yao, Hector Alcalá, Roger Anderson, Rajesh Balkrishnan. Cancer Disparities in Rural Appalachia: Incidence, Early Detection, and Survivorship. Journal of Rural Health. 2016 doi: 10.1111/jrh.12213.
  • Nengliang (Aaron) Yao, Christine Ritchie, Fabian Camacho, Bruce Leff. Geographic Concentration of US Home-Based Medical Care Providers. Health Affairs. 2016: 35(8) 1404-1409
  • Nengliang (Aaron) Yao, Sekwon Jang. Adoption of ipilimumab in the United States: a Medicare study, Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research. 2016 DOI: 10.1080/14737167.2016.1180979.
  • Nengliang (Aaron) Yao, Jialin Wang, Yuanchu Cai, Jing Yuan, Haipeng Wang, Jiyong Gong, Roger Anderson, Xiaojie Sun. Patterns of cancer screening, incidence and treatment disparities in China: protocol for a population-based study. BMJ Open. 2016 Aug 4;6(8):e012028. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012028.
  • Jingting Wang, Nengliang (Aaron) Yao, Yuanyuan Wang, Fen Zhou, Yanyan Liu, Zhaohui Geng, Changrong Yuan. Developing “Care Assistant”: A Smartphone Application to Support Caregivers of Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. 2015. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2015: 22 (3), 163-171.
  • Roger Anderson, Tse‐Chang Yang, Stephen A Matthews, Fabian Camacho, Teresa Kern, Heath B Mackley, Gretchen Kimmick, Christopher Louis, Eugene Lengerich, Nengliang (Aaron) Yao. Breast Cancer Screening Rates, Area Deprivation, and Percentage of Later Stage Breast Cancer in Appalachia: Does Geography Matter? Health Service Research. 2014;49(2):546-67. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12108. PMID: 24117371. PMC3976186
  • Nengliang (Aaron) Yao, Cathy J Bradley, Patricia Y. Miranda. Mammography Use after the 2009 Debate. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2014 Dec 10;32(35):4023-4.
  • Nengliang (Aaron) Yao, Stephen Matthews, Marianne Hillemeier, Roger Anderson. Radiation Therapy Resources and Guideline-Concordant Radiotherapy For Early Stage Breast Cancer Patients in Appalachia. Health Service Research. 2013; 48: 1433–1449. DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.12047.

Selected Media Reports:

Home-based medical care

ACA prevention provisions and cancer early detection

  • NBC News: Obamacare Saved Thousands From Colon Cancer Death, Report Finds
  • Reuters: Researchers credit Obamacare with helping find early-stage cancer
  • Modern Healthcare: Prevention benefits at risk with an Obamacare repeal
  • UPI: Cancer screenings more accessible with Affordable Care Act
  • MedicalResearch: ACA Medicare Changes Increased Diagnosis of Early-Stage Colorectal Cancer Among Seniors
  • UVA Today: Affordable Care Act Made Some Cancer Screenings More Accessible
  • 新浪网:奥氏医保”挽救数万大肠癌患者生命

Cancer disparities in Rural Appalachia

  • UVA Facebook Live: What we can do about the cancer crisis in rural Appalachia?
  • FiveThirtyEight: Cancer Rates Are Dropping — But Not In Rural Appalachia
  • Richmond Times-Dispatch: An ‘unseen cancer crisis’ in Appalachia
  • HealthDay: Rural Appalachia Faces Growing Cancer Crisis, Research Shows
  • CBS19: New research finds disturbing trends in cancer care in rural Appalachia
  • NPR: UVA Researchers Say Appalachia Has Gone From Lowest to Highest Cancer Death Rate in U.S.
  • Adventist Health: Rural Appalachia Faces Growing Cancer Crisis
  • UVA Today: Appalachia’s Unseen Cancer Crisis
  • UVA Today: Cancer Researcher: ‘Call Congress’ to Address Appalachian Disparities