Tracy A. Battaglia, MD

Associate Professor, Epidemiology

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. A graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, Public Health and the GIM Fellowship program (2001), she has been a faculty at BUSM since 2001. 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 20 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. She is serves as the Director of Community Engagement for the MA Healing Communities study, a state wide implementation study designed to reduce opioid overdose death through community driven process.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Associate Director for Clinical Sciences, BU-BMC Cancer Center, Boston University
  • Director, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Associate Director, Belkin Breast Center, Boston Medical Center
  • Director, Community Engagement Core, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Boston University
  • Director, Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research Center, Boston University School of Medicine

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 5/11/2020

    Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Gunn CM. Differences in Breast Density Awareness, Knowledge, and Plans. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 May 11. PMID: 32394138.

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  • Published on 4/17/2020

    Battaglia TA, Freund KM, Haas JS, Casanova N, Bak S, Cabral H, Freedman RA, White KB, Lemon SC. Translating research into practice: Protocol for a community-engaged, stepped wedge randomized trial to reduce disparities in breast cancer treatment through a regional patient navigation collaborative. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 Jun; 93:106007. PMID: 32305457.

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  • Published on 3/27/2020

    Gunn CM, Paasche-Orlow MK, Bak S, Wang N, Pamphile J, Nelson K, Morton S, Battaglia TA. Health Literacy, Language, and Cancer-Related Needs in the First 6 Months After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 Mar 27; JOP1900526. PMID: 32216715.

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  • Published on 12/16/2019

    Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Gunn CM. Differences in Breast Density Awareness, Knowledge, and Plans Based on State Legislation Status and Sociodemographic Characteristics. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Jun; 35(6):1923-1925. PMID: 31845108.

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  • Published on 8/26/2019

    Freund KM, Haas JS, Lemon SC, Burns White K, Casanova N, Dominici LS, Erban JK, Freedman RA, James TA, Ko NY, LeClair AM, Moy B, Parsons SK, Battaglia TA. Standardized activities for lay patient navigators in breast cancer care: Recommendations from a citywide implementation study. Cancer. 2019 12 15; 125(24):4532-4540. PMID: 31449680.

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  • Published on 2/25/2019

    Gunn CM, Bokhour BG, Parker VA, Battaglia TA, Parker PA, Fagerlin A, McCaskill-Stevens W, Bandos H, Blakeslee SB, Holmberg C. Understanding Decision Making about Breast Cancer Prevention in Action: The Intersection of Perceived Risk, Perceived Control, and Social Context: NRG Oncology/NSABP DMP-1. Med Decis Making. 2019 04; 39(3):217-227. PMID: 30803311.

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  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Battaglia TA, Pamphile J, Bak S, Spencer N, Gunn C. Connecting Community to Research: A Training Program to Increase Community Engagement in Research. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2019; 13(2):209-217. PMID: 31178456.

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  • Published on 11/29/2018

    Barber LE, Bertrand KA, Rosenberg L, Battaglia TA, Palmer JR. Pre- and perinatal factors and incidence of breast cancer in the Black Women's Health Study. Cancer Causes Control. 2019 Jan; 30(1):87-95. PMID: 30498869.

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  • Published on 10/22/2018

    Gunn CM, Fitzpatrick A, Waugh S, Carrera M, Kressin NR, Paasche-Orlow MK, Battaglia TA. A Qualitative Study of Spanish-Speakers' Experience with Dense Breast Notifications in a Massachusetts Safety-Net Hospital. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 02; 34(2):198-205. PMID: 30350031.

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  • 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 03; 24(3):131-138. PMID: 29553275.

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