Tracy Battaglia, MD, MPH


Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Director, Women’s Health Unit


Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency: General Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fellowship Training: General Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Other Education: Masters of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health

General field of work:

Women’s Health, Health Disparities, Cancer Control and Prevention

Affiliations other than medicine:

Boston University School of Public Health

Cancer Center, Cancer Disparities Research Program

Contact information:

Research Office
801 Massachusetts Avenue
Crosstown Building, 1st Flr
Boston, MA 02118

For Dr. Battaglia’s clinical contact information, click here.

Other research websites:

Women’s Health Unit
NCI Patient Navigation Research Project
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH)
Avon Patient Navigation – Local Research Project
Avon Patient Navigation National Research Project
BU SPH Prevention Research Center

Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities

Research group information

Sharon Bak, MPH Research Program Director
Ann Han, BA Research  Manager
Bonnie Sherman, PhD Research Associate
Wanda Turner, BA Research Project Case Coordinator
Jennifer Cedor, MS Research Assistant


Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Patient Navigation, Vulnerable Populations, Community based participatory research, Health Disparities

Summary of research interest:

Dr. Battaglia’s interests include breast and cervical cancer screening in minority and underserved women, reducing errors in follow-up to abnormal mammography; risk perception and screening behaviors in multi-ethnic populations. She is Associate Program Director of the Boston University Preventive Medicine Residency Program and Co-Director of the Avon Breast Health Initiative at Boston Medical Center. She is a former recipient of Career Development Awards from both NIH and the American Cancer Society and now serves as a Principal Investigator on the Patient Navigation Research Program, a community-based cancer control project supported by the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities at the National Cancer Institute. Her research focuses on community-based approaches to reducing health disparities among underserved women.

Recent publications:

Bowen DJ, Battaglia TA, Murrell SS, Bhosrekar SG, Caron SE, Smith E, Thomas G, Rorie J, Maetschke LM, Goodman R.  What Do Public Housing Residents Say About Their Health. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 2013 (In pres).

Clark JA, Parker VA,  Battaglia TA, Freund KM. Patterns of Task and Network Actions Performed by Navigators to Facilitate Cancer Care. Health Care Management Review 2013 (in press).

Kronman AC, Freund KM,  Schoettler CL, Beaver K, Heeren, T, Sherman B, Battaglia TA.  Developing Quality Indicators for a Breast Health Patient Navigation Program.  J Ambul Care Manag 2013 (In press).

Raj A, Ko N, Battaglia TA, Chabner BA, Moy B. Patient Navigation for Underserved Patients Diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The Oncologist 2012 17(8):1027-31. PMCID: PMC3425520.

Battaglia TA, Bak SM, Heeren T, Chen CA, Kalish R, Tringale S, Taylor JO, Lottero B, Egan PA,    Thakrar  N, Freund KM. Boston Patient Navigation Research Program: The Impact of Navigation on Time to Diagnostic Resolution after Abnormal Cancer Screening. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev October 2012 21(10):1645-1654. PMCID: PMC3472624.

Battaglia TA, Murrell SS, Bhosrekar SG, Caron SE, Bowen DJ, Smith E, Kalish R, Thomas G, Rorie J. Connecting Boston’s Public Housing Developments and Community Health Centers: How ready are they? Prog Community Health Partnersh 2012 Fall; 6(3)239-48.PMID: 22982838.

Perkins RB, Jorgensen JR, McCoy ME, Bak SM, Battaglia TA, Freund KM.  Adherence to conservative management recommendations for abnormal pap tests in adolescents. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2012 Jun;119(6):1157-63. PMCID: PMC3413375.

Howard MB, Battaglia TA, Prout MN, Freund KM. The effect of imaging on the clinical management of breast pain. JGIM 2012 January 31 DOI: 10.1007/s11606-011-1982-4. PMCID: PMC3378742.

Battaglia TA, Howard MB, Kavanah M, Prout MN, Chapman C, David M, Kronman A, Dumont T, Freund KM.    The addition of internists to a breast health program. The Breast Journal 2012 Jan;18(1):58-64. PMID: 22098389.

Battaglia TA, McCloskey L, Caron SE, Murrell SS, Jong H, Childs A, Walker K, Bernstein E, Bernstein J. Feasibility of chronic disease patient navigation in an urban primary care practice. J Ambul Care Manage. 2012 Jan;35(1):38-49. PMID: 22156954.

Kronman AC, Freund KM, Heeren T, Beaver KA, Flynn M, Battaglia TA. Depression and anxiety diagnoses are not associated with delayed resolution of abnormal mammograms and pap tests among vulnerable women. J Gen Intern Med. (4):452-7. Epub 2011 Nov 1. PMCID: PMC3304036.

Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Winters PC, Paskett E, Wells K, Battaglia TA. Patient Navigation Research Program Group. Psychometric validation and reliability analysis of a Spanish version of the patient satisfaction with cancer-related care measure: a patient navigation research program study. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Sep;20(9):1949-56. PMCID: PMC3298841.

Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Winters PC, Post D, Wells KJ, McKoy JM, Battaglia TA, Simon MA, Kilbourn K,  and The Patient Navigation Research Program Group. Psychometric development and reliability analysis of a patient satisfaction with interpersonal relationship with navigator measure: A multi site patient navigation research program study. Psycho oncology. 2012 Sep;21(9):986-92. PMID: 21681995/

Emmons KM, Cleghorn D, Tellez T, Greaney ML, Sprunck KM, Bastani R, Battaglia TA, Michaelson JS, Puleo E. Prevalence and implications of multiple cancer screening needs among Hispanic community health center patients.Cancer Causes Control 2011 Sep 22:(9):1343-9. PMID: 21728056.

Battaglia TA, Burhansstipanov L, Murrell SS, Dwyer AJ, Caron SE. Assessing the impact of patient navigation: Prevention and early detection metrics. Cancer 2011 Aug 1; 117 (15): 3551-3562. PMID: 21780090.

Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Winters P, Paskett E, Wells K, Battaglia TA. Cross-cultural validation of a patient satisfaction with interpersonel relationship with navigator measure: A multi-site patient navigation research study. Psychooncology. 2011 Jul 1. doi: 10.1002/pon.2018. PMID: 21464034.

Xu L, Wang SS, Healey MA, Faupel-Badger JM, Wilken JA, Battaglia TA, Szabo E, Mao JT, Bergan RC. The Ninth Annual American Association of cancer research international conference on frontiers in cancer prevention research. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2011 Apr;4(4):616-21. PMID: 21464034.

Phillips CE, Rothstein JD, Beaver K, Sherman BJ, Freund KM, Battaglia TA. Patient navigation to increase  mammography screening among inner city women. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Feb;26(2):123-9.  PMCID:PMC3019333.

Linsky A, Nyambose J, Battaglia TA. Lifestyle behaviors in Massachusetts adult cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2011 Mar; 5(1): 27-34. Epub 2010 Dec 5. PMID: 21132395.

PubMed link to Dr. Battaglia’s publications