Tracy A. Battaglia, MPH

Professor, Medicine

Tracy Battaglia
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


Dr. Battaglia is a primary care clinician-investigator internationally recognized for her collaborative, innovative approaches to addressing health disparities among women historically marginalized. As director of the Women’s Health Unit and Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research Center, associate chief of research for GIM and co-director of community engagement for the BU Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI), she has led the development of foundational infrastructure to support community-engaged methods in translational science. Her own research focuses on engaging with community to increase access to care for at-risk women, including ground-breaking work on the role of oncology patient navigators. Through her participation on several National Cancer Institute cooperative groups, she contributed to the 2012 Commission on Cancer Accreditation Standard requiring navigation services in cancer centers. As founding chair of the National Navigation Roundtable, she partners across sectors for sustainable navigation workforce. She currently leads a city-wide NIH study connecting multiple hospitals to reduce breast cancer disparities in Boston and contributed to two BU CTSI funding cycle renewals as well as Boston Medical Center’s participation in the HEALing Communities Study, an $89m award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to evaluate community-driven approaches to reduce opioid deaths in Massachusetts communities.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian 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 Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


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


  • Published on 6/26/2023

    Paskett ED, Battaglia T, Calhoun EA, Chappell MC, Dwyer A, Fleisher LG, Greenwald J, Wells KJ. Isn't there enough evidence on the benefits of patient navigation? CA Cancer J Clin. 2023 Jun 26. PMID: 37358050.

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  • Published on 4/20/2023

    Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM. Women's Reactions to Breast Density Information Vary by Sociodemographic Characteristics. Womens Health Issues. 2023; 33(4):435-442. PMID: 37087312.

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  • Published on 2/23/2023

    Murray Horwitz ME, Prifti CA, Battaglia TA, Ajayi AT, Edwards CV, Benjamin EJ, Yarrington CD, Parker SE. Prepregnancy Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in a Safety-Net Hospital. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2023 Apr; 32(4):401-408. PMID: 36827080.

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  • Published on 1/31/2023

    Sprague Martinez L, Chassler D, Lobb R, Hakim D, Pamphile J, Battaglia TA. A discussion among deans on advancing community engaged research. Clin Transl Sci. 2023 Apr; 16(4):557-563. PMID: 36707736.

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  • Published on 1/3/2023

    Beidler LB, Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM. Perceptions of Breast Cancer Risks Among Women Receiving Mammograph Screening. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jan 03; 6(1):e2252209. PMID: 36689223.

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  • Published on 9/19/2022

    Young AM, Brown JL, Hunt T, Sprague Martinez LS, Chandler R, Oga E, Winhusen TJ, Baker T, Battaglia T, Bowers-Sword R, Button A, Fallin-Bennett A, Fanucchi L, Freeman P, Glasgow LM, Gulley J, Kendell C, Lofwall M, Lyons MS, Quinn M, Rapkin BD, Surratt HL, Walsh SL. Protocol for community-driven selection of strategies to implement evidence-based practices to reduce opioid overdoses in the HEALing Communities Study: a trial to evaluate a community-engaged intervention in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio. BMJ Open. 2022 Sep 19; 12(9):e059328. PMID: 36123106.

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  • Published on 8/1/2022

    Gunn CM, Sprague Martinez LS, Battaglia TA, Lobb R, Chassler D, Hakim D, Drainoni ML. Integrating community engagement with implementation science to advance the measurement of translational science. J Clin Transl Sci. 2022; 6(1):e107. PMID: 36285013.

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  • Published on 7/8/2022

    Rajabiun S, Xiao V, Bak S, Robbins C, Casanova N, Cabral HJ, Lemon SC, Haas JS, Freund KM, Battaglia T. Using community-engaged methods to develop a study protocol for a cost analysis of a multi-site patient navigation intervention for breast cancer care. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Jul 08; 22(1):881. PMID: 35804359.

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  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Battaglia TA, Gunn CM, Bak SM, Flacks J, Nelson KP, Wang N, Ko NY, Morton SJ. Patient navigation to address sociolegal barriers for patients with cancer: A comparative-effectiveness study. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2623-2635. PMID: 35699610.

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  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Garcia-Alcaraz C, Roesch SC, Calhoun E, Wightman P, Mohan P, Battaglia TA, Cobian Aguilar R, Valverde PA, Wells KJ. Exploring classes of cancer patient navigators and determinants of navigator role retention. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2590-2600. PMID: 35699613.

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