Elena Elkin, PhD

Associate Attending Outcomes Research Scientist

Elena Elkin, Associate Attending Outcomes Research Scientist

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Harvard University

Current Research Interests

Dr. Elkin’s primary research interest is evaluating determinants of cancer screening, treatment and outcomes using population-based observational data analysis, decision analysis and patient surveys. Her current research focuses on the development of patient-centered tools to facilitate decisions about cancer screening. Funded studies include prospective evaluations of a web-based decision aid for women in their 40’s considering screening mammography and a similar tool for current and former smokers considering low-dose chest CT for lung cancer screening. She also conducts cost-effectiveness analyses of health and medical interventions, including a patient-directed program to increase screening mammography in survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma and a multi-faceted intervention to increase skin cancer screening in childhood cancer survivors. Other research interests include studying the economic impact of cancer treatment on patients, their families and the health care system, and understanding and improving clinical decision-making processes from both patient and provider perspectives.


Selected peer-reviewed publications:

  1. Elkin EB, Pocus VH, Mushlin AI, Cigler T, Atoria CL, Polaneczky MM. Facilitating informed decisions about breast cancer screening: development and evaluation of a web-based decision aid for women in their 40s. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak, 2017;17-29.

  2. Elkin EB, Atoria CL, Leoce N, Bach PB, Schrag D. Changes in the availability of screening mammography, 2000-2010. Cancer, 2013;119:3847-3853.

  3. Elkin EB, Marshall DA, Kulin NA, Ferrusi IL, Hassett MJ, Ladabaum U, Phillips KA, Economic evaluation of targeted cancer interventions: Critical review and recommendations. Genet Med, 2011;13:853-860.

  4. Elkin EB, Ishill NM, Snow JG, Panageas KS, Bach PB, Liberman L, Wang F, Schrag D. Geographic access and the use of screening mammography. Med Care, 2010;48:349-356.

  5. Elkin EB, Bach PB. Cancer’s next frontier: addressing high and increasing costs. JAMA, 2010;303:1086-1087.

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