Tracy A. Battaglia MD, MPH
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

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

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

My diagnosis of Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the time of my acceptance into Boston University School of Medicine was the first time I recognized my White privilege. As I embarked on my clinical training at Boston Medical Center, the largest safety net medical center in New England, I quickly learned that my experience as a cancer patient was unlike that of the patients I was providing care. It was this early experience that led me to a career that intentionally addressed health inequity through direct clinical care, health services innovations, community-engaged research approaches and capacity-building training programs to support others to advance health equity. For the next twenty years, I focused on using community engaged research approaches to form relationships with community partners to co-create solutions to ensure women from historically marginalized communities had access to timely, quality care. Through this work, I made major contributions to the evidence-base for oncology patient navigation, one of few interventions proven to reduce disparities in cancer care for women, while mentoring dozens of trainees toward independent careers in health equity research. Fast forward twenty years later. My diagnosis of HER2+ Stage 1 Breast Cancer allowed me once again to experience the stark reality of my White, now professional privilege. This experience, followed closely by the start of the COVID pandemic, was a catalyst for my firm commitment to creating an inclusive learning and practice environment. Every aspect of my academic work is built around the belief that addressing root causes of health inequity requires fundamentally changing the way we deliver care, including investing in long term authentic relationships across sectors, sharing power and resources, adapting policies and procedures, and redefining how we measure success. My current activities all align to make small, yet incremental change toward inclusivity, acceptance and impact.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Community Health Sciences

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

Associate Director for Clinical Sciences
Boston University
BU-BMC Cancer Center

Boston University
Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Associate Director
Boston Medical Center
Belkin Breast Center

Boston University
Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Community Engagement Core

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research Center

The Boston University Clinical and Transitional Science Institute
04/15/2020 - 03/31/2025 (Key Person)
PI: Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE
NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Boston University Mentorship and Training in Cancer Health Disparities (MATCH)
08/01/2015 - 07/31/2019 (PI)
Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Boston University Women's Health Unit: Patient Navigation and Clinical Intervention Research to Eliminate Breast Cancer Health Disparities
08/05/2010 - 07/31/2015 (PI)
Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Patient Navigation in the SafetyNet: CONNECTeDD-Community Health Educator
09/08/2011 - 05/31/2013 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NCI

Comparative Effectiveness of Health Insurance Reform on Outcomes After Abnormal Cancer Screening
09/20/2009 - 06/30/2012 (PI)
NIH/National Inst on Minority Health and Health Disparities

MB-CCOP Supplement #2
09/09/2011 - 05/31/2012 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NCI

Effect of Risk Perception on Breast and Colorectal Cancer Screening in Multiethnic Population
07/01/2003 - 06/30/2007 (PI)
American Cancer Society

Women's Health Network at BMC_Yr5
05/10/2018 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health / DPH National Center on B

Translating Research Into Practice: A Regional Collaborat y5
09/01/2017 - 05/31/2022 (PI)
National Center For Advancing Translational Sciences

AVON Breast Health Initiative at Boston Medical Center
07/01/2017 - 12/31/2019 (PI)
Breast Cancer Crusade, LLC

Eliminating Patient Identified Socio-legal Barriers to Cancer Care
10/01/2013 - 09/30/2019 (PI)

Medical Legal Partnership to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
07/01/2013 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
American Cancer Soc

AVON Breast Health Initiative at Boston Medical Center
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
Avon Foundation

Avon Foundation Safety Net Hospital Funding Initiative
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
Avon Foundation

Connecting Community to Research: Building Skills to Partner in Research
06/01/2015 - 05/31/2017 (PI)

The Avon Breast Health Initiative at Boston Medical Center
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2016 (PI)
Avon Foundation

Avon Breast Health Initiative at Boston Medical Center
07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015 (PI)
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  1. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35804359; PMCID: PMC9264587; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-022-08192-y;
  2. 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; PMCID: PMC9201988; DOI: 10.1002/cncr.33908;
  3. Battaglia TA, Fleisher L, Dwyer AJ, Wiatrek DE, Wells KJ, Wightman P, Strusowski T, Calhoun E. Barriers and opportunities to measuring oncology patient navigation impact: Results from the National Navigation Roundtable survey. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2568-2577. PMID: 35699612
  4. Dwyer AJ, Wender RC, Weltzien ES, Dean MS, Sharpe K, Fleisher L, Burhansstipanov L, Johnson W, Martinez L, Wiatrek DE, Calhoun E, Battaglia TA. Collective pursuit for equity in cancer care: The National Navigation Roundtable. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2561-2567. PMID: 35699616
  5. Casanova NL, LeClair AM, Xiao V, Mullikin KR, Lemon SC, Freund KM, Haas JS, Freedman RA, Battaglia TA. Development of a workflow process mapping protocol to inform the implementation of regional patient navigation programs in breast oncology. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2649-2658. PMID: 35699611; PMCID: PMC9201987; DOI: 10.1002/cncr.33944;
  6. Battaglia TA, Zhang X, Dwyer AJ, Rush CH, Paskett ED. Change agents in the oncology workforce: Let's be clear about community health workers and patient navigators. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2664-2668. PMID: 35699614; PMCID: PMC9201990; DOI: 10.1002/cncr.34194;
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35699610
  8. Garfield KM, Franklin EF, Battaglia TA, Dwyer AJ, Freund KM, Wightman PD, Rohan EA. Evaluating the sustainability of patient navigation programs in oncology by length of existence, funding, and payment model participation. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2578-2589. PMID: 35699609
  9. Loo S, Mullikin K, Robbins C, Xiao V, Battaglia TA, Lemon SC, Gunn C. Patient navigator team perceptions on the implementation of a citywide breast cancer patient navigation protocol: a qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 May 21; 22(1):683.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35597947; PMCID: PMC9123866; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-022-08090-3;
  10. Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM. A letter is not enough: Women's preferences for and experiences of receiving breast density information. Patient Educ Couns. 2022 Jul; 105(7):2450-2456.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35534300; PMCID: PMC9250336; DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2022.03.014;
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2018 Boston University Medical Group : Clinical Excellence Award
2018 Boston University Medical Campus : Health Equity Award
2014 Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center: Most Valuable Player Award
2013 National Cancer Institute: Physician Gold Award
2012 Society for General Internal Medicine Annual Conference, Orlando, FL: Best Cancer Research Poster Presentation
2010 Department of Medicine, Boston University Medical Campus: Evans Junior Faculty Merit Award
2010 Boston University Department of Technology: Ignition Award
2009 American Cancer Society, Triumph Magazine: Feature volunteer Summer 09
2008 American Cancer Society, New England Division: Researcher Spotlight
2006 AAMC: Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
2005 Lifetime Television: Champion for Change
1995 Alpha Omega Alpha:
1993 American Cancer Society: Medical Student Fellowship
1992 Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Golden Key National Honor Society:

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