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
Wagner EH, Aiello Bowles EJ, Tuzzio L, Wiese CJ, Kirlin B, Greene SM, Clauser SB. The quality of cancer patient experience: perspectives of patients, family members, providers, and experts. Qual Saf Health Care. 2010 Dec;19(6):484-9.
Feigelson H, Bischoff K, Bowles E, Engel J, James T, Onitilo A, Single R, Williams A, Wagner E, McCahill L. PS2-24: improving breast cancer surgery quality through a collaborative surgical database. Clin Med Res. 2010;8(3-4):180.
Horner K, Wagner E, Bowles EA, Kirlin B, Tuzzio L. PS3-29: the benefits of stakeholder involvement in research. Clin Med Res. 2010;8(3-4):201.
Onega T, Aiello Bowles EJ, Miglioretti DL, Carney PA, Geller BM, Yankaskas BC, Kerlikowske K, Sickles EA, Elmore JG. Radiologists' perceptions of computer aided detection versus double reading for mammography interpretation. Acad Radiol. 2010;17(10):1217-26. PubMed
Bowles EJ, Anderson ML, Reed SD, Newton KM, Fitzgibbons ED, Seger D, Buist DS. Mammographic breast density and tolerance for short-term postmenopausal hormone therapy suspension. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Aug;19(8):1467-74. PubMed
De Roos AJ, Deeg HJ, Onstad L, Kopecky KJ, Bowles EJ, Yong M, Fryzek J, Davis S. Incidence of myelodysplastic syndromes within a nonprofit healthcare system in western Washington state, 2005-2006. Am J Hematol. 2010 Oct;85(10):765-70. Epub 2010 Jul 22. 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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