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. 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 reducing low-value care in diverse settings, including a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project to develop an action planning framework to facilitate changes that improve the value of health care
She 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 Health Care Systems Cancer Research Network (CRN). Her extensive experience working with these diverse data 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.
Dr. Buist contributes to a variety of other projects at KPWHRI, including:
- a pragmatic clinical trial of home testing for HPV among women overdue for cervical cancer screening,
- optimizing long-term outcomes among women with a personal history of breast cancer,
- evaluating the harms and benefits of different work-up intensities for incidentally detected lung nodules, and
- evaluating the harms and benefits of breast cancer screening in older women.
As KPWHRI’s director of research and strategic partnerships, Dr. Buist focuses on building enduring strategic external partnerships to enhance the Institute’s mission and capitalize on our unique strengths. She is an affiliate professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health and affiliate member at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She has also served as a senior scholar in residence with AcademyHealth. The former co-director of the CRN Scholars Program, Dr. Buist enjoys sharing her expertise by mentoring junior faculty and PhD and MPH candidates and teaching courses in clinical outcomes research internationally through the American Thoracic Society.