Tracy A. Battaglia, MD

Associate Professor, Medicine

Tracy Battaglia
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center

Biography

Dr. Battaglia is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health where she serves as the Director of the Women’s Health Unit, a DHHS designated Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. As a practicing internist and breast health specialist at Boston Medical Center, the largest safety net medical center in New England, her approach to health disparities focuses largely on engaging the community as partners in the research process. She has 17 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating community-engaged Patient Navigation programs to reduce delays across the continuum of cancer care, including co-leading the Boston site of the NCI’s national Patient Navigation Research Program in which we recruited over 3,000 participants from Boston’s low-income populations accounting for nearly 30% of the data to the national database. The American Cancer Society and the Patient Center Outcomes Research Institute support her research to study innovations in the delivery of patient navigation for low income cancer patients. As Director of the Community Engagement Program for the Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Award, she is leading a cooperative study funded by the National Center to Advance Translational Science (NCATS) in partnership with the four Massachusetts Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) hubs (Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University and University of Massachusetts) to support a City-wide dissemination study to reduce breast cancer disparities through a patient navigation network. Dr. Battaglia is also long-time volunteer leader for the American Cancer Society, where she recently served as Chair for the New England Division Board of Directors.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Active Staff Privileges, Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Education

  • Boston University School of Medicine, MD
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Boston University, BA

Classes Taught

  • Breast Station

Publications

  • Published on 3/1/2018

    Gunn CM, Bokhour B, Battaglia TA, Silliman RA, Hanchate A. False-positive mammography and its association with health service use. Am J Manag Care. 2018 Mar; 24(3):131-138. PMID: 29553275.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/6/2018

    Gunn CM, Battaglia TA, Paasche-Orlow MK, West AK, Kressin NR. Women's perceptions of dense breast notifications in a Massachusetts safety net hospital: "So what is that supposed to mean?" Patient Educ Couns. 2018 Feb 06. PMID: 29426765.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/17/2018

    Gunn CM, Kressin NR, Cooper K, Marturano C, Freund KM, Battaglia TA. Primary Care Provider Experience with Breast Density Legislation in Massachusetts. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2018 Jan 17. PMID: 29338539.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/4/2017

    Holmberg C, Bandos H, Fagerlin A, Bevers TB, Battaglia TA, Wickerham DL, McCaskill-Stevens WJ. NRG Oncology/National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project Decision-Making Project-1 Results: Decision Making in Breast Cancer Risk Reduction. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2017 Nov; 10(11):625-634. PMID: 28978566.

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  • Published on 6/27/2017

    Blakeslee SB, McCaskill-Stevens W, Parker PA, Gunn CM, Bandos H, Bevers TB, Battaglia TA, Fagerlin A, Müller-Nordhorn J, Holmberg C. Deciding on breast cancer risk reduction: The role of counseling in individual decision-making - A qualitative study. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Dec; 100(12):2346-2354. PMID: 28734560.

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  • Published on 5/30/2017

    Gunn CM, Parker VA, Bak SM, Ko N, Nelson KP, Battaglia TA. Social Network Structures of Breast Cancer Patients and the Contributing Role of Patient Navigators. Oncologist. 2017 Aug; 22(8):918-924. PMID: 28559408.

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  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Gunn C, Battaglia TA, Parker VA, Clark JA, Paskett ED, Calhoun E, Snyder FR, Bergling E, Freund KM. What Makes Patient Navigation Most Effective: Defining Useful Tasks and Networks. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(2):663-676. PMID: 28529216.

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  • Published on 8/9/2016

    Casas RS, Hallett LD, Rich CA, Gerber MR, Battaglia TA. Program Directors' Perceptions of Resident Education in Women's Health: A National Survey. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2017 Feb; 26(2):133-140. PMID: 27505148.

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  • Published on 7/18/2016

    Battaglia TA, Darnell JS, Ko N, Snyder F, Paskett ED, Wells KJ, Whitley EM, Griggs JJ, Karnad A, Young H, Warren-Mears V, Simon MA, Calhoun E. The impact of patient navigation on the delivery of diagnostic breast cancer care in the National Patient Navigation Research Program: a prospective meta-analysis. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Aug; 158(3):523-34. PMID: 27432417.

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  • Published on 6/14/2016

    Ko NY, Battaglia TA, Gupta-Lawrence R, Schiller J, Gunn C, Festa K, Nelson K, Flacks J, Morton SJ, Rosen JE. Burden of socio-legal concerns among vulnerable patients seeking cancer care services at an urban safety-net hospital: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Jun 14; 16:196. PMID: 27296566.

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