Tara Rick, PhD, PA-C

Research Associate in Cancer Survivorship Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation University of Minnesota Member Screening, Prevention, Etiology and Cancer Survivorship Program, Masonic Cancer Center

Dr. Tara Rick is a Research Associate in Cancer Survivorship at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Screening, Prevention, Etiology and Cancer Survivorship Program within the Masonic Cancer Center and member of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer.  She is a long-term Physician Assistant in Hematology/Oncology at M Health Fairview with a special focus on the effect of cancer and its treatment on the sexual health of cancer survivors and received a PhD in Radiotherapy at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. She sits on the board for the Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania, teaches at the University of Minnesota and Saint Catherine University, and contributes to Cure Magazine.

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Research Summary

Dr. Rick has a special interest in cancer survivorship, sexual health in cancer survivors, physician assistant education and global workforce, and global oncology. She works with Dr. Anne Blaes, the Director of Cancer Survivorship Services and Translational Research and Co-Director of the Screening, Prevention, Etiology and Cancer Survivorship Program in cancer survivorship research activities, patient- and provider-facing education, and programmatic work.


  • Educational Award for Allied Health Professionals. Minnesota Society of Clinical Oncology 2022.

  • Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst Foundation. 2017 and 2019

  • NCCPA Health Foundation Be the Change Grant. 2017

  • PAs for Global Health Fellow Scholarship 2016

  • PA Foundation IMPACT Grant 2015

  • PA Foundation Global Outreach Grant 2015


Rick TJ, Lee J, Skendzel S, Verich K, Schempp A, Napurski C, Kreuser H, Turcotte L, Holtan S, Sadak K, Blaes A. The Development and Flux of the University of Minnesota Survivorship Program: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Accepted October 2023.

Mehnaz P, Barnes L, Gonzalez R, Prestegaard K, Rick, TJ. Healthcare students’ perceptions of bias during their clinical training and insights on mitigating it. Journal of Physician Assistant Education. Accepted June 2023.

Burger H, Rick TJ, Spies P, Cassell A, Vanderpuye V, Incrocci L. Testicular Germ Cell Cancer in Africa: A Survey on Patterns of Practice.  South African Journal of Oncology. September 2022; 6; 2518-8704.

Fekadu A*, Rick TJ*, Tigeneh W, Kantelhardt E, Incrocci L*, Jemal A* Clinicopathology and Treatment Patterns of Head and Neck Cancers in Ethiopia. JCO Global Oncology. August 2022; 8:e2200073.

Rick TJ, Aagard A, Leintz C, Erwin E, Danik E, Serventi F, Erwin E, Henke O, Yeates K. Barriers to Cancer Care in Northern Tanzania: Patient-and health system- predictors for delayed presentation. JCO Global Oncology. October 2021; 7:1500-1508.

Martei Y*, Rick TJ*, Fadelo T, Quadri N, Grover S, Incrocci L, Vanderpuye V. Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Care Delivery in Africa: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Oncology Providers in Africa.  JCO Global Oncology. March 2021; 7: 368-377.  

Rick TJ, Habtamu B, Tigeneh W, Abreha A, Grover S, Assefa M, Heemsbergen W, Incrocci L. Radiotherapy Practice for Treatment of Bone Metastasis in Ethiopia. JCO Global Oncology. September 2020; 6:1422-1427. 

Rick TJ*, Habtamu B*, Abreha A, Bogale S, Tigeneh W, Assefa M, Incrocci L. Ethiopia: How the care of 100 million people pivots on a single cobalt teletherapy machine. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. January 2020;106(2):230-235.

Rick TJ, Habtamu B, Tigeneh W, Abreha A, van Norden Y, Grover S, Assefa M, Incrocci L. Patterns of care of cancer and radiotherapy in Ethiopia. Journal of Global Oncology. November 2019; 5: 1-8.

Rick, TJ. Full practice authority for Dutch PAs and NPs. Citations commentary. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2019; 32 (6): 52-53.

Rick TJ, Deming C, Helland J, Hartwig K. Cancer Training for Frontline Healthcare Providers in Tanzania. Journal of Cancer Education. February 2019; 34:111.

Rick TJ, Moshi DD. The Tanzanian assistant medical officer. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. April 2018; 31(4):43-47.

Rick, TJ. Task shifting and healthcare system efficiency. Citations commentary. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  December 2017; 30(12): 54.

Rick TJ, Merinyo JJ.  A Call for Breast Cancer Risk Factor Education in Countries with Limited Health Care Resources. Journal of Global Oncology. August 2017; 3(4): 427-428.

Rick TJ, Ballweg R. (2017) Physician Assistants and the Expanding Global Healthcare Workforce. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. July 2017; 97(3): 643-644.

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