Aruna Kamineni, PhD, MPH

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“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

Biography

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

Aboyans V, Kamineni A, Allison MA, McDermott MM, Crouse JR, Ni H, Szklo M, Criqui MH. The epidemiology of subclavian stenosis and its association with markers of subclinical atherosclerosis: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Atherosclerosis. 2010 Jul;211(1):266-70. Epub 2010 Jan 21. PubMed

Allison MA, Aboyans V, Granston T, McDermott MM, Kamineni A, Ni H, Criqui MH. The relevance of different methods of calculating the ankle-brachial index: the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis. Am J Epidemiol. 2010 Feb 1;171(3):368-76. Epub 2009 Dec 30. PubMed

 

innovating care

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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.

Cancer Research

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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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cancer research

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Using breast MRI after cancer may lead to unneeded biopsies

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