Epidemiologist Erin Bowles, MPH, is looking at cancer screening and treatment from many different perspectives. Her research brings new insight into cancer risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, while helping improve cancer care for patients and families.
Erin received an R50 mid-career research award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This award is given to cancer researchers who have demonstrated successes and contributions to cancer research as a non-principal investigator. As a key member of 2 large cancer collaborations — the NCI's Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium and the Health Care Systems Cancer Research Network (CRN) — Erin has developed diverse expertise that includes reading mammograms for breast density and using administrative data to understand patterns of care in cancer treatment.
Her current work includes:
Erin’s experience working with large observational cohorts and collaborations with numerous study teams over the past 20 years has provided her with expertise in data collection and quality control for many subject areas. She is also a manager of the Collaborative Science Division at KPWHRI, providing leadership, supervision, mentorship, and support to junior faculty.
Breast cancer; colorectal cancer; multiple myeloma; thyroid cancer; pancreatic cancer; biostatistics; epidemiology; mammography; mammographic breast density; cancer treatment; cancer screening and surveillance; automated data collection; quality of care; medication use; care coordination; administrative data
Access to care; health disparities; health outcomes research; quality of life; measurement of change in health care systems; practice variation
Menopause; hormone replacement therapy (HRT); breast cancer
Cognitive health and dementia; biostatistics; epidemiology; medication use; cancer
Pharmacoepidemiology; observational study research methods; chemotherapy; radiation exposure
Aiello Bowles EJ, Boudreau DM, Chubak J, Yu O, Fujii M, Chestnut J, Buist DS. Patient reported discontinuation of endocrine therapy and related side effects among women with early stage breast cancer. J Oncol Prac. Nov 1 2012:e149-57. PubMed
Goddard KA, Aiello Bowles EJ, Spencer Feigelson H, Habel LA, Alford SH, McCarty CA, Nekhlyudov L, Onitilo AA, Rahm AK, Webster JA. Utilization of HER2 genetic treating in a multi-institutional observational study. Am J Manag Care. 2012 Nov;18(11):704-12. PubMed
Bowles EJ, Wellman R, Feigelson HS, Onitilo AA, Freedman AN, Delate T, Allen LA, Nekhlyudov L, Goddard KA, Davis RL, Habel LA, Yood MU, Magid D, Wagner EH, for the Pharmacovigilance Study Team. Risk of heart failure in breast cancer patients after anthracycline and trastuzumab treatment: a retrospective cohort study. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012 Sep 5;104(17):1293-305. PubMed
Romaire MA, Bowles EJ, Anderson ML, Buist DS. Comparative effectiveness of mailed reminder letters on mammography screening compliance. Prev Med. 2012 Aug;55(2):127-30. Epub 2012 May 22. PubMed
Lowry SJ, Sprague BL, Aiello Bowles EJ, Hedman CJ, Hemming J, Hampton JM, Burnside ES, Sisney GA, Buist DS, Trentham-Dietz A. Mammographic breast density and serum phytoestrogen levels. Nutr Cancer. 2012 Aug;64(6):783-9. Epub 2012 Aug 3. PubMed
Onitilo A, Engel J, Feigelson HS, Bowles EA, Single R, James T, McCahill L. Patterns of surgical care for ductal carcinoma in-situ. Clin Med Res. 2012;10(3):148. PubMed
The division contributes to research across the institute with methodological and subject matter expertise.
Kaiser Permanente Washington has been part of the national Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium since 1994. Learn about the Kaiser Permanente Washington Breast Cancer Surveillance Registry here.
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