Aruna Kamineni, PhD, MPH

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“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, MPH

Assistant Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

Aruna Kamineni, PhD, MPH, came to Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in 2009 with a wealth of experience in chronic disease epidemiology. Dr. Kamineni has expertise in using case-control methods to evaluate screening efficacy, and her research focuses on addressing evidence gaps for clinical guidelines, particularly for cervical and colorectal cancer prevention. A substantial portion of her work has focused on developing infrastructure and methods for research using electronic clinical and administrative health care data.

Since 2011, Dr. Kamineni has participated in the National Cancer Institute’s Population-based Research to Optimize the Screening Process (PROSPR) consortium to evaluate and improve cancer screening in U.S. community settings. As a principal investigator for multisite cervical and colorectal cancer PROSPR Research Centers, Dr. Kamineni is leading and collaborating on work to determine how to optimally use screening tests and consider how to tailor screening for population subgroups.

Dr. Kamineni’s research goals include studying the impact of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing and HPV vaccination on cervical cancer and screening programs. Multidisciplinary collaboration is a valued and important driver of Dr. Kamineni’s research and she embraces a team science approach to optimizing cancer prevention.

Research interests and experience

  • Cancer

    Cervical cancer; colorectal cancer; screening; disparities

  • Methods

    Electronic clinical and administrative data infrastructure development for research; case-control studies; team science

Recent publications

Beaber EF, Kamineni A, Burnett-Hartman AN, Hixon B, Kobrin SC, Li CI, Oliver M, Rendle KA, Skinner CS, Todd K, Zheng Y, Ziebell RA, Breslau ES, Chubak J, Corley DA, Greenlee RT, Haas JS, Halm EA, Honda S, Neslund-Dudas C, Ritzwoller DP, Schottinger JE, Tiro JA, Vachani A, Doria-Rose VP. Evaluating and improving cancer screening process quality in a multilevel context: the PROSPR II consortium design and research agenda. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 Aug 2;31(8):1521-1531. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-22-0100. PubMed

Chubak J, Burnett-Hartman AN, Barlow WE, Corley DA, Croswell JM, Neslund-Dudas C, Vachani A, Silver MI, Tiro JA, Kamineni A. Estimating cancer screening sensitivity and specificity using healthcare utilization data: defining the accuracy assessment interval. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 Aug 2;31(8):1517-1520. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-22-0232. PubMed

Schottinger JE, Jensen CD, Ghai NR, Chubak J, Lee JK, Kamineni A, Halm EA, Sugg-Skinner C, Udaltsova N, Zhao WK, Ziebell RA, Contreras R, Kim EJ, Fireman BH, Quesenberry CP, Corley DA. Association of physician adenoma detection rates with postcolonoscopy colorectal cancer. JAMA. 2022 Jun 7;327(21):2114-2122. doi: 10.1001/jama.2022.6644. PubMed

Feigelson HS, Clarke CL, Van Den Eeden SK, Weinmann S, Burnett-Hartman AN, Rowell S, Scott SG, White LL, Ter-Minassian M, Honda SAA, Young DR, Kamineni A, Chinn T, Lituev A, Bauck A, McGlynn EA. The Kaiser Permanente Research Bank Cancer Cohort: a collaborative resource to improve cancer care and survivorship. BMC Cancer. 2022;22(1):209. doi: 10.1186/s12885-022-09252-6. PubMed

Haas JS, Cheng D, Yu L, Atlas SJ, Clark C, Feldman S, Silver MI, Kamineni A, Chubak J, Pocobelli G, Tiro JA, Kobrin SC. Variation in the receipt of human papilloma virus co-testing for cervical screening: individual, provider, facility and healthcare system characteristics. Prev Med. 2022 Jan;154:106871. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106871. Epub 2021 Nov 8. PubMed

Silver M, Anderson ML, Beaber EF, Haas JS, Kobrin S, Pocobelli G, Skinner CS, Tiro JA, Kamineni A. De-implementation of cervical cancer screening before age 21. Prev Med. 2021 Sep 29:106815. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106815. Online ahead of print. PubMed

Castanon A, Kamineni A, Elfstrøm KM, Lim AW, Sasieni P. Exposure definition in case-control studies of cervical cancer screening: a systematic literature review. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Sep 14:cebp.0376.2021. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-21-0376. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Puricelli Perin DM, Elfström KM, Bulliard JL, Burón A, Campbell C, Flugelman AA, Giordano L, Kamineni A, Ponti A, Rabeneck L, Saraiya M, Smith RA, Broeders MJM; International Cancer Screening Network. Early assessment of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer screening services: the International Cancer Screening Network COVID-19 survey. Prev Med. 2021 Oct;151:106642. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106642. Epub 2021 Jun 30. PubMed

Croswell JM, Corley DA, Lafata JE, Haas JS, Inadomi JM, Kamineni A, Ritzwoller DP, Vachani A, Zheng Y. Cancer screening in the U.S. through the COVID-19 pandemic, recovery, and beyond. Prev Med. 2021 Oct;151:106595. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106595. Epub 2021 Jun 30. PubMed

Puricelli Perin DM, Christensen T, Burón A, Haas JS, Kamineni A, Pashayan N, Rabeneck L, Smith R, Elfström M, Broeders MJM; International Cancer Screening Network ICSN. Interruption of cancer screening services due to the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons from previous disasters. Prev Med Rep. 2021 May 17:101399. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101399. Online ahead of print. PubMed

 

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