Diana S.M. Buist, PhD, MPH

“My research goal is to gather solid evidence and to use it to improve patient care by increasing benefits and decreasing harms.”

Diana S.M. Buist, PhD, MPH

Senior Investigator and Director of Research and Strategic Partnerships, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

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:

  • conducting a pragmatic clinical trial of home testing for human papilloma virus, or HPV, among women overdue for cervical cancer screening
  • optimizing long-term outcomes among women with a personal history of breast cancer through studying second breast events and second cancers associated with initial breast cancer, and investigating radiation therapy, breast density, tumor biology, and surveillance strategies for these women
  • identifying screening strategies that detect breast cancer early, minimize harms, and reach diverse communities
  • understanding the shared decision-making process for lung cancer screening from the patient and provider perspectives to help inform individuals about the harms and benefits of undergoing screening
  • investigating how artificial intelligence can be used in cancer imaging for risk prediction and/or early detection
  • evaluating the harms and benefits of different work-up intensities for incidentally detected lung nodules
  • training individuals in how to conduct learning health system research.

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.

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Cancer

    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

  • Preventive Medicine

    Cancer prevention and control; quality of care; preventive care; high-value care; consumer engagement in preventive medicine; systematic reviews

  • Women's Health

    Cancer prevention and control

  • Health Services & Economics

     

 

Recent publications

Gao H, Aiello Bowles EJ, Carrell D, Buist DS. Using natural language processing to extract mammographic findings. J Biomed Inform. 2015 Feb 3. pii: S1532-0464(15)00012-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2015.01.010. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Allison KH, Abraham LA, Weaver DL, Tosteson AN, Nelson HD, Onega T, Geller BM, Kerlikowske K, Carney PA, Ichikawa LE, Buist DS, Elmore JG. Trends in breast biopsy pathology diagnoses among women undergoing mammography in the United States: a report from the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. Cancer. 2015 Jan 20. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29199. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Allison KH, Abraham LA, Weaver DL, Tosteson AN, Nelson HD, Onega T, Geller BM, Kerlikowske K, Carney PA, Ichikawa LE, Buist DS, Elmore JG. Trends in breast tissue sampling and pathology diagnoses among women undergoing mammography in the U.S.: a report from the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. Cancer. 2015 Jan 20. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29199. [Epub ahead of print].

Wieneke AE, Bowles EJ, Cronkite D, Wernli KJ, Gao H, Carrell D, Buist DS. Validation of natural language processing to extract breast cancer pathology procedures and results. J Pathol Inform. 2015 Jun 23;6:38. doi: 10.4103/2153-3539.159215. eCollection 2015. PubMed

Owens CL, Buist DS, Peterson D, Kamineni A, Weinmann S, Ross T, Williams AE, Stark A, Adams KF, Doubeni CA, Field TS. Follow-up and clinical significance of unsatisfactory liquid-based Papanicolaou tests. Cancer Cytopathol. 2015 Jan;123(1):59-65. doi: 10.1002/cncy.21490. Epub 2014 Oct 23. PubMed

Beaber EF, Buist DS, Barlow WE, Malone KE, Reed SD, Li CI. Recent oral contraceptive use by formulation and breast cancer risk among women 20 to 49 years of age. Cancer Res. 2014;74(15):4078-89. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-13-3400. PubMed

Andersen MR, Thorpe J, Buist DS, Beatty JD, Watabayashi K, Hanson N, Resta R, Chubak J, Urban N. Cancer risk awareness and concern among women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Behav Med. 2014 Jul 25:0 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Jordan JH, Thwin SS, Lash TL, Buist DS, Field TS, Haque R, Pawloski PA, Petersen HV, Prout MN, Quinn VP, Yood MU, Silliman RA, Geiger AM. Incident comorbidities and all-cause mortality among 5-year survivors of stage I and II breast cancer diagnosed at age 65 or older: a prospective-matched cohort study. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014;146(2):401-9. doi: 10.1007/s10549-014-3021-8. Epub 2014 Jun 18. PubMed

Buist DS, Anderson ML, Smith RA, Carney PA, Miglioretti DL, Monsees BS, Sickles EA, Taplin SH, Geller BM, Yankaskas BC, Onega TL. Effect of radiologists' diagnostic work-up volume on interpretive performance. Radiology. 2014 Nov;273(2):351-64. doi: 10.1148/radiol.14132806. Epub 2014 Jun 24. PubMed

Geller BM, Bogart A, Carney PA, Sickles EA, Smith RA, Monsees B, Bassett LW, Buist DM, Kerlikowske K, Onega T, Yankaskas B, Haneuse S, Hill DA, Wallis M, Miglioretti DL. Educational interventions to improve screening mammography interpretation: a randomized, controlled trial. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Jun;202(6):W586-96. doi: 10.2214/AJR.13.11147.

 

cancer research

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Using breast MRI after cancer may lead to unneeded biopsies

A Kaiser Permanente-led BCSC study is among the largest ever to evaluate adding MRI surveillance for breast cancer survivors.

Researcher profile

Diana Buist and family in the snow

What drives Diana Buist to study breast cancer screening?

Kaiser Permanente Share profiles longtime KPWHRI investigator and director of research and strategic partnerships.

Read it in News and Events.

Breast Cancer Surveillance

Kaiser Permanente Washington Breast Cancer Surveillance Registry

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.

mentorship at kpwhri

Ashley Glass with her mentor Deborah King

Annual mentorship award honors Deborah King and Dr. Diana Buist

Every year the KPWHRI award recognizes two individuals who provide outstanding service in promoting the career development of others.

CATALyST

2018 CATALyST Scholars

Four CATALyST scholars selected to train as learning health system scientists

KP Washington joins forces with UW, WSU, and the VA to train scientists in transforming health care.
 

preventative care

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Cervical cancer screening study explores home-based options

Could at-home kits help save more lives? Drs. Diana Buist and Rachel Winer are on a journey to find out.