Diana L. Miglioretti, PhD

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“My research is about the risks and benefits of procedures such as cancer screening. I'm working to standardize medical imaging so patients can be confident they're getting the lowest radiation doses necessary for effective imaging.”

Diana L. Miglioretti, PhD

Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Dean’s Professor of Biostatistics, University of California, Davis

(530) 752-7168

Twitter: @dmiglio

Biography

Senior investigator and professor of biostatistics Diana Miglioretti, PhD, is committed to improving health care by building the evidence base for personalized cancer screening. To achieve this goal, Dr. Miglioretti pursues a rigorous combination of applied and methodological research. Her work focuses on the benefits and risks of cancer screening and appropriate use of screening and diagnostic tools including medical imaging.

Dr. Miglioretti co-leads the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC)—a network of breast imaging registries that has the largest and most comprehensive collection of breast cancer screening data in the nation. Established in 1994, the BCSC is currently supported by a $17 million program project grant from the National Cancer Institute. The vast BCSC database includes information on about 12 million film, digital, and 3D mammograms for more than 2.4 million women. The BCSC also has extensive data on newer methods such as digital breast tomosynthesis (also called 3D mammography) and breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

Dr. Miglioretti’s expertise in maximizing the value of the BCSC data includes establishing and evaluating data collection, helping individual sites and outside researchers with analyses, and developing new statistical techniques. In part through her efforts, results from BCSC studies have helped guide national breast cancer screening policy decisions and clinical guidelines. A few examples of Dr. Miglioretti’s BCSC studies are:

Other examples of Dr. Miglioretti’s research include:

In addition to her KPWHRI faculty position, Dr. Miglioretti is the Dean’s Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. She enthusiastically shares her expertise as an instructor at the Radiological Society of North America's (RSNA) annual workshop in clinical trials methodology, which prepares radiologists to develop clinical research protocols and apply for funding.

Among Dr. Miglioretti’s professional memberships are the American Association for Cancer Research, the International Biometrics Society Eastern and Western North America regions, and the American Statistical Association, for which she was elected a fellow.

Research interests and experience

  • Biostatistics

    Clustered and longitudinal data analysis; latent variable modeling; assessment of diagnostic and screening tests

  • Cancer

    Biostatistics; breast cancer screening and  surveillance; mammographic breast density; risk prediction

  • Radiology

    Imaging trends; radiation exposure from medical  imaging; evaluation of imaging tests

  • Screening

 

Recent publications

Rathouz PJ, Kasper JD, Zeger SL, Ferrucci L, Bandeen-Roche K, Miglioretti DL, Fried LP. Short-term consistency in self-reported physical functioning among elderly women: the Women's Health and Aging Study. Am J Epidemiol. 1998;147(8):764-73. PubMed

Codori AM, Slavney PR, Young C, Miglioretti DL, Brandt J. Predictors of psychological adjustment to genetic testing for Huntington's disease. Health Psychol. 1997;16(1):36-50. PubMed

Boatman D, Miglioretti DL, Hart J, Lamberti N, Rothlisberger B, Gordon B. Localization and variability in the cortical representation of auditory syllable discrimination and comprehension. Brain and Language. 1996;55(1):150-152.

Bandeen-Roche K, Miglioretti DL, Zeger SL, Rathouz P. Latent variable regression for multiple discrete outcomes. J Am Stat Assoc. 1996;92(440):1375-1386.

Dietz JM, Baker AJ, Miglioretti DL. Seasonal variation in reproduction, juvenile growth, and adult body mass in golden lion tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia). American Journal of Primatology. 1994;34:115-132.

Buist DSM, Tiro JA, Thayer C, Beatty T, Miglioretti DL, Lin J, Winer RL. Improving the promise of embedded pragmatic trials: surmountable barriers encountered in an evaluation of home-based HPV self-sampling to increase cervical cancer screening in overdue women. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2019 Jul 19;15:100413. doi: 10.1016/j.conctc.2019.100413. eCollection 2019. PubMed

Smith-Bindman R, Miglioretti D. Lack of standardized terminology in ultrasound reports for ovarian cysts-reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Jun 1;179(6):848-849. PubMed

 

cancer screening

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Mailing home HPV test may offer alternative to Pap screen

Dr. Diana Buist and team reflect on HOME trial showing 50 percent screening boost in underscreened women.

birnbaum award

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HOME Trial Team wins 2019 Birnbaum Award

Interdisciplinary group shows that home-based HPV tests can boost cervical cancer screening for women at high risk.

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

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Why does Diana Miglioretti study the biostatistics of cancer screening?

Family history sparks interest for KPWHRI senior investigator, UC Davis professor, and co-leader of the BCSC.

Read it in News and Events.

women's health

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Study shows benefits of 3D mammography

Digital breast tomosynthesis reduced patient recalls with no change in cancer detection, study shows.

KPWHRI In the Media

CT scan use in pregnancy rose in U.S. and Canada over two decades

Pregnant women exposed to more risky CT scans

HealthDay, Jul 24, 2019