Diana Buist, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with extensive experience conducting comparative effectiveness research. Her work focuses on reducing harms and increasing benefits for patients in the area of cancer screening and outcomes spanning across patient, provider, and system factors.
Dr. Buist has an extensive record of practical research that has led to many efforts to improve care, including the development and refinement of national breast cancer screening guidelines and their implementation within Kaiser Permanente Washington. She has been conducting research within Kaiser Permanente Washington for more than 20 years and is a strong believer in patient-centered care and the important role patients play in improving the value and quality of health care. Dr. Buist is involved in several studies aimed at providing high-value health care that provides patients and their providers with information on the expected benefits and harms of cancer screening and treatment strategies.
Dr. Buist also has a long history collaborating with external researchers, including helping lead two large national research consortia focused on improving cancer screening and outcomes: the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium and the Cancer Research Network of the Health Care Systems Research Network. Her extensive experience working with diverse data from these consortia in longitudinal studies and randomized trials in clinical systems puts Dr. Buist in a unique position to examine screening, care, and outcomes in health systems across the country.
As Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) Director of Research and Strategic Partnerships, Dr. Buist works with other Kaiser Permanente regions, our local academic partners, and other external collaborators to build enduring strategic partnerships to enhance KPWHRI’s mission, align with KPWHRI faculty research priorities, and capitalize on our unique strengths in ways that are consistent with our mission.
Dr. Buist contributes to a variety of other projects at KPWHRI, including:
Dr. Buist is also an affiliate professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health and an affiliate member at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She enjoys sharing her expertise by mentoring junior faculty and PhD and MPH candidates and teaching courses.
Cancer screening and prevention; outreach and primary care prevention; comparative effectiveness; cost transparency; surveillance; secondary prevention; breast cancer treatment; breast cancer screening; outcomes following cancer diagnosis; cancer survivorship; provider variability in care
Cancer prevention and control; quality of care; preventive care; high-value care; consumer engagement in preventive medicine; systematic reviews
Cancer prevention and control
Michels KA, Geczik AM, Bauer DC, Brinton LA, Buist DSM, Cauley JA, Dallal CM, Falk RT, Hue TF, Lacey JV, LaCroix AZ, Tice JA, Xu X, Trabert B. Endogenous progestogens and colorectal cancer risk among postmenopausal women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Apr 7:cebp.1568.2020. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-20-1568. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Feigelson HS, Bodelon C, Powers JD, Curtis RE, Buist DSM, Veiga LHS, Aiello Bowles EJ, Berrington de Gonzalez A, Gierach GL. Body mass index and risk of second cancer among women with breast cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2021 Apr 5:djab053. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djab053. Online ahead of print. PubMed
Kerlikowske K, Bissell MCS, Sprague BL, Buist DSM, Henderson LM, Lee JM, Miglioretti DL. Response to Pisano, Gastonis, Sparano, et al. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2021 Mar 30:djab056. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djab056. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Miglioretti DL, Bissell MCS, Kerlikowske K, Buist DSM, Cummings SR, Henderson LM, Onega T, O'Meara ES, Rauscher GH, Sprague BL, Tosteson ANA, Wernli KJ, Lee JM, Lee CI. Assessment of a risk-based approach for triaging mammography examinations during periods of reduced capacity. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(3):e211974. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.1974. PubMed
Farjah F, Monsell SE, Gould MK, Smith-Bindman R, Banegas MP, Heagerty PJ, Keast EM, Ramaprasan A, Schoen K, Brewer EG, Greenlee RT, Buist DSM. Association of the intensity of diagnostic evaluation with outcomes in incidentally detected lung nodules. JAMA Intern Med. 2021 Jan 19. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.8250. Online ahead of print. PubMed
Malone C, Buist DSM, Tiro J, Barlow W, Gao H, Lin J, Winer RL. Out of reach? correlates of cervical cancer underscreening in women with varying levels of healthcare interactions in a United States integrated delivery system. Prev Med. 2021 Apr;145:106410. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106410. Epub 2020 Dec 31. PubMed
Kerlikowske K, Bissell MCS, Sprague BL, Buist DSM, Henderson LM, Lee JM, Miglioretti DL. Advanced breast cancer definitions by staging system examined in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 Nov 10:djaa176. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djaa176. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Buist DSM. Factors to consider in developing breast cancer risk models to implement into clinical care. Curr Epidemiol Rep. 2020 Jun;7(2):113-116. doi: 10.1007/s40471-020-00230-9. Epub 2020 Apr 29. PubMed
Trabert B, Bauer DC, Buist DSM, Cauley JA, Falk RT, Geczik AM, Gierach GL, Hada M, Hue TF, Lacey JV Jr, LaCroix AZ, Tice JA, Xu X, Dallal CM, Brinton LA. Association of circulating progesterone with breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Apr 1;3(4):e203645. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.3645. PubMed
Schaffter T, Buist DSM, Lee CI, Nikulin Y, Ribli D, Guan Y, Lotter W, Jie Z, Du H, Wang S, Feng J, Feng M, Kim HE, Albiol F, Albiol A, Morrell S, Wojna Z, Ahsen ME, Asif U, Jimeno Yepes A, Yohanandan S, Rabinovici-Cohen S, Yi D, Hoff B, Yu T, Chaibub Neto E, Rubin DL, Lindholm P, Margolies LR, McBride RB, Rothstein JH, Sieh W, Ben-Ari R, Harrer S, Trister A, Friend S, Norman T, Sahiner B, Strand F, Guinney J, Stolovitzky G; and the DM DREAM Consortium, Mackey L, Cahoon J, Shen L, Sohn JH, Trivedi H, Shen Y, Buturovic L, Pereira JC, Cardoso JS, Castro E, Kalleberg KT, Pelka O, Nedjar I, Geras KJ, Nensa F, Goan E, Koitka S, Caballero L, Cox DD, Krishnaswamy P, Pandey G, Friedrich CM, Perrin D, Fookes C, Shi B, Cardoso Negrie G, Kawczynski M, Cho K, Khoo CS, Lo JY, Sorensen AG, Jung H. Evaluation of combined artificial intelligence and radiologist assessment to interpret screening mammograms. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Mar 2;3(3):e200265. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.0265. PubMed
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Reuters Health, published by Medscape, Nov. 24, 2020