School of Public Health

Buist, Diana

Diana Buist

Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology
Affiliate Professor, Health Services

Director of Research and Strategic Partnerships and Senior Investigator - Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute


PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1999
MPH Epidemiology, Yale University, 1995

Contact Info

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
1730 Minor Avenue, Suite 1600
Seattle, WA 98101
Tel: 206-287-2931


Research Interests

Dr. Buist is an epidemiologist and health services researcher whose work focuses primarily on increasing the benefits of cancer screening and other health care services. She is especially interested in translational research–meaning, increasing the relevance of findings into health care practice. She has been at Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) since 1996 and has participated in a number of large, multi-site projects including: the Group Health Breast Cancer Surveillance Project, one of seven sites participating in the National Cancer Institute's Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium and the HMO Cancer Research Network.

Her extensive experience working with these diverse data in longitudinal studies and randomized trials puts Dr. Buist in a unique position to examine cancer screening, care, and outcomes in health systems across the country.

Dr. Buist is an affiliate investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and an affiliate professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health. She enjoys sharing her expertise by mentoring junior faculty and PhD and MPH candidates, co-directing the CRN Scholars Program, and teaching courses in clinical outcomes research internationally through the American Thoracic Society.

In The News

High-tech mammogram tool doesn’t boost cancer detection, study shows
Seattle Times, 09/28/2015