Aruna Kamineni, PhD

“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

Assistant Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute


Aruna Kamineni, PhD, came to Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in 2009 with a wealth of experience in cardiovascular and cancer epidemiology. After 9 successful years as a research associate, she was promoted to assistant investigator in 2018. She is currently working with Senior Investigator Diana Buist, PhD, and others to compare the effectiveness of  various screening strategies for cervical and colorectal cancers. Dr. Kamineni’s future research goals include studying the impact of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing and HPV vaccination on cervical cancer and  screening programs.

Research interests and experience

Recent publications

Selby K, Jensen CD, Lee JK, Doubeni CA, Schottinger JE, Zhao WK, Chubak J, Halm E, Ghai NR, Contreras R, Skinner C, Kamineni A, Levin TR, Corley DA. Influence of varying quantitative fecal immunochemical test positivity thresholds on colorectal cancer detection: a community-based cohort study. Ann Intern Med. doi: 10.7326/M18-0244. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Mazor KM, Kamineni A, Roblin DW, Anau J, Robinson BE, Dunlap B, Firneno C, Gallagher TH. Encouraging patients to speak up about problems in cancer care. J Patient Saf. 2018 Jun 27. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000510. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Singal AG, Corley DA, Kamineni A, Garcia M, Zheng Y, Doria-Rose PV, Quinn VP, Jensen CD, Chubak J, Tiro J, Doubeni CA, Ghai NR, Skinner CS, Wernli K, Halm EA. Patterns and predictors or repeat fecal immunochemical and occult blood test screening in four large health care systems in the United States. Am J Gastroenterol. 2018 Feb 27. pii: 10.1038/s41395-018-0023-x. doi: 10.1038/s41395-018-0023-x. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Balasubramanian BA, Garcia MP, Corley DA, Doubeni CA, Haas JS, Kamineni A, Quinn VP, Wernli K, Zheng Y, Skinner CS. Racial/ethnic differences in obesity and comorbidities between safety-net- and non safety-net integrated health systems. Medicine (Baltimore). 2017;96(11):e6326. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000006326. PubMed


Cancer Research

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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News release

Colon cancer screening doubles with new e-health record use

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