Weiwei Zhu, MS

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“I have a longstanding interest in using biostatistics to advance medical research. Working at KPWHRI gives me a great opportunity to contribute to challenging projects with rich, relevant data and make a national impact on health care systems.”

Weiwei Zhu, MS

Biostatistician III, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Weiwei.Zhu@kp.org
206-442-5215

Biography

Weiwei Zhu, MS, joined Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute's Biostatistics Unit in 2009. She works closely with Senior Investigator Diana Miglioretti, PhD, to design studies, manage data, and conduct statistical analyses for the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC)—the National Cancer Institute’s seven-site network of mammography researchers. She has been a key member of the BCSC Statistical Coordinating Center for almost 10 years. Her work studying the breast screening benefits and risks played an essential role in an American Cancer Society screening guideline change in 2015.

Ms. Zhu also works with Senior Investigator Denise Boudreau, PhD, to quantify the serious risks of misuse, abuse, and addiction associated with long-term opioid use.  This multi-site study will use electronic health record data and survey interviews to provide estimates of long-term opioid use risks in two cohorts.

After beginning her medical research career as an intern at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2007, Ms. Zhu served as a biostatistician at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Florida.

Research interests and experience

 

Recent publications

Miglioretti DL, Zhu W, Kerlikowske K, Sprague BL, Onega T, Buist DS, Henderson LM, Smith RA. Breast tumor prognostic characteristics and biennial vs annual mammography, age, and menopausal status. JAMA Oncol. 2015 Nov 1;1(8):1069-77. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2015.3084.

Kerlikowske K, Zhu W, Tosteson AN, Sprague BL, Tice JA, Lehman C,Miglioretti DL. Identifying women with dense breasts at high risk of interval cancers. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(10):I-10. doi:10.7326/P15-9018.

Chubak J, Onega T, Zhu W, Buist DS, Hubbard RA. An electronic health record-based algorithm to ascertain the date of second breast cancer events. Med Care. 2017 Dec;55(12):e81-e87. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000352. PubMed

Hubbard RA, Benjamin-Johnson R, Onega T, Smith-Bindman R, Zhu W, Fenton JJ. Classification accuracy of claims-based methods for identifying providers failing to meet performance targets. Stat Med. 2015 Jan 15;34(1):93-105. doi: 10.1002/sim.6318. Epub 2014 Oct 10. PubMed

Fenton JJ, Zhu W, Balch S, Smith-Bindman R, Fishman P, Hubbard RA. Distinguishing screening from diagnostic mammograms using Medicare claims data. Med Care. 2014 Jul;52(7):e44-51. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e318269e0f5. Epub 2012 Aug 23. PubMed

 

Research

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News

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Race, income, education affect access to 3D mammography

The technology’s potential benefits to detect breast cancer earlier are not equally shared among all women, researchers find.