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
Rosenberg RD, Yankaskas BC, Abraham LA, Sickles EA, Lehman CD, Geller BM, Carney PA, Kerlikowske K, Buist DS, Weaver DL, Barlow WE, Ballard-Barbash R. Performance benchmarks for screening mammography. Radiology. 2006;241(1):55-66. PubMed
Geller BM, Ichikawa LE, Buist DS, Sickles EA, Carney PA, Yankaskas BC, Dignan M, Kerlikowske K, Yabroff KR, Barlow W, Rosenberg RD. Improving the concordance of mammography assessment and management recommendations. Radiology. 2006;241(1):67-75. PubMed
Enger SM, Thwin SS, Buist DS, Field T, Frost F, Geiger AM, Lash TL, Prout M, Yood MU, Wei F, Silliman RA. Breast cancer treatment of older women in integrated health care settings. J Clin Oncol. 2006;24(27):4377-83. PubMed
Barlow WE, White E, Ballard-Barbash R, Vacek PM, Titus-Ernstoff L, Carney PA, Tice JA, Buist DS, Geller BM, Rosenberg R, Yankaskas BC, Kerlikowske K. Prospective breast cancer risk prediction model for women undergoing screening mammography. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2006;98(17):1204-14. PubMed
Crest AB, Aiello EJ, Anderson ML, Buist DS. Varying levels of family history of breast cancer in relation to mammographic breast density (United States). Cancer Causes Control. 2006;17(6):843-50. PubMed
Buist DS, Kanetsky PA, Studts JL, Li L, Terry MB, Trentham-Dietz A, Chang S. Recruiting and training leadership through professional societies: a report from the American Society of Preventive Oncology Junior Members Interest Group. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2006;15(7):1422-4. PubMed
Boudreau DM, Rutter CM, Buist DS. The influence of statin use on breast density. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2006;15(5):1026-9. PubMed
Haas JS, Geller B, Miglioretti DL, Buist DS, Nelson DE, Kerlikowske K, Carney PA, Breslau ES, Dash S, Canales MK, Ballard-Barbash R. Changes in newspaper coverage about hormone therapy with the release of new medical evidence. J Gen Intern Med. 2006;21(4):304-9. Epub 2006 Feb 22. PubMed
Weaver DL, Rosenberg RD, Barlow WE, Ichikawa L, Carney PA, Kerlikowske K, Buist DS, Geller BM, Key CR, Maygarden SJ, Ballard-Barbash R. Pathologic findings from the breast cancer surveillance consortium. Cancer. 2006;106(4):732-42. PubMed
Boudreau DM, Buist DS, Rutter CM, Fishman PA, Beverly KR, Taplin S. Impact of hormone therapy on false-positive recall and costs among women undergoing screening mammography. Med Care. 2006;44(1):62-9. PubMed
Kaiser Permanente is at the forefront of research looking at using home tests for HPV, a leading cause of cervical cancer.
Findings in JAMA Network Open could help guide decision-making about breast cancer screening for women 75 and older.
Scholars will study in-home oxygen use for COPD and the use of patient portals for adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
New study calculates risk-based approach to detect the most cancers with the fewest exams.
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.
Dr. Diana Buist reflects on the challenges of providing screening during a pandemic — and finds reason for optimism.
Reuters Health, published by Medscape, Nov. 24, 2020