Aruna Kamineni, PhD, MPH


“I'm working on reducing cancer through better screening. I collaborate with researchers nationwide on studies that will make screening more effective, patient-friendly, and personalized.”

Aruna Kamineni, PhD, MPH

Assistant Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute


Aruna Kamineni, PhD, MPH, came to Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in 2009 with a wealth of experience in chronic disease epidemiology. Dr. Kamineni has expertise in using case-control methods to evaluate screening efficacy, and her research focuses on addressing evidence gaps for clinical guidelines, particularly for cervical and colorectal cancer prevention. A substantial portion of her work has focused on developing infrastructure and methods for research using electronic clinical and administrative health care data.

Since 2011, Dr. Kamineni has participated in the National Cancer Institute’s Population-based Research to Optimize the Screening Process (PROSPR) consortium to evaluate and improve cancer screening in U.S. community settings. As a principal investigator for multisite cervical and colorectal cancer PROSPR Research Centers, Dr. Kamineni is leading and collaborating on work to determine how to optimally use screening tests and consider how to tailor screening for population subgroups.

Dr. Kamineni’s research goals include studying the impact of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing and HPV vaccination on cervical cancer and screening programs. Multidisciplinary collaboration is a valued and important driver of Dr. Kamineni’s research and she embraces a team science approach to optimizing cancer prevention.

Research interests and experience

  • Cancer

    Cervical cancer; colorectal cancer; screening; disparities

  • Methods

    Electronic clinical and administrative data infrastructure development for research; case-control studies; team science

Recent publications

Kamineni A, Halgrim S, Gundersen G, Fuller S, Hart G, Carrell D, Rutter C. PS2-26: Coordinating heterogeneous data and mixed collection methods to support population-based cancer screening research. Clin Med Res. 2013;11(3):154.

Zieman SJ, Kamineni A, Ix JH, Barzilay J, Djousse L, Kizer JR, Biggs ML, de Boer IH, Chonchol M, Gottdiener JS, Selvin E, Newman AB, Kuller LH, Siscovick DS, Mukamal KJ. Hemoglobin A1c and arterial and ventricular stiffness in older adults. PLoS One. 2012;7(10):e47941. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047941. Epub 2012 Oct 30. PubMed

Buist D, Tuzzio L, Greenlee R, Field T, Williams A, Weinmann S, Stout N, Kamineni A, Doubeni C. Cancer screening guideline development, implementation and dissemination: connection points for researchers and health care delivery systems for comparative effectiveness research. Clin Med Res. 2012;10(3):157. PubMed

Haque R, Yood MU, Geiger AM, Kamineni A, Avila CC, Shi J, Silliman RA, Quinn VP. Long-term safety of radiotherapy and breast cancer laterality in older survivors. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011 Oct;20(10):2120-6. Epub 2011 Aug 30. PubMed

Strotmeyer ES, Kamineni A, Cauley JA, Robbins JA, Fried LF, Siscovick DS, Harris TB, Newman AB. Potential explanatory factors for higher incident hip fracture risk in older diabetic adults. Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2011;2011:979270. Epub 2011 Aug 7. PubMed

Kamineni A, Weinmann S, Shy K, Mandelson M, Glass A, Weiss N. Cervical cancer screening efficacy in older women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011;20(4):718-9.

Criqui MH, Kamineni A, Allison MA, Ix JH, Carr JJ, Cushman M, Detrano R, Post W, Wong ND. Risk factor differences for aortic versus coronary calcified atherosclerosis. the multiethnic study of atherosclerosis. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2010 Nov;30(11):2289-96. Epub 2010 Sep 2. PubMed

Nelson TL, Kamineni A, Psaty B, Cushman M, Jenny NS, Hokanson J, Furberg C, Mukamal KJ. Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A(2) and future risk of subclinical disease and cardiovascular events in individuals with type 2 diabetes: the Cardiovascular Health Study. Diabetologia. 2011 Feb;54(2):329-33. Epub 2010 Nov 20. PubMed

Djouss√© L, Kamineni A, Nelson TL, Carnethon M, Mozaffarian D, Siscovick D, Mukamal KJ. Egg consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes in older adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Aug;92(2):422-7. Epub 2010 Jun 9. PubMed

Fowler-Brown AG, de Boer IH, Catov JM, Carnethon MR, Kamineni A, Kuller LH, Siscovick DS, Mukamal KJ. Parity and the association with diabetes in older women. Diabetes Care. 2010 Aug;33(8):1778-82. Epub 2010 Apr 27. PubMed


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How to maximize screening for colon cancer

Research informs care as Kaiser Permanente Washington, exceeding 80 percent screening rate, launches home-based 'FIT First' pilot.

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Research funded to improve cancer screening

Drs. Kamineni and Chubak are among leaders of 2 new large PROSPR awards from NCI for cervical and colorectal cancer screening research.

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