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Sanja Percac-Lima, MD, DMD, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital

Sanja Percac-Lima, MD, DMD, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Physician, Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

The primary focus of Dr. Percac-Lima’s research is cancer prevention in ethnic and racial minorities. In 2006 she designed a patient navigation program for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Chelsea that eliminated disparities in CRC screening at the health center. The National Cancer Institute selected it as one of only ten evidence based program to improve CRC screening in United States. For this program Dr. Percac-Lima also received the Prevent Cancer Prevention Foundation Laurel for Innovative Programs.

In her role as the Physician Leader for Cancer Outreach Programs at MGH Center for Community Health Improvement she is actively involved in efforts to expand navigator programs across cancer centers affiliated with Harvard Medical School and the Partners Healthcare System. With support from Susan G. Komen MA Affiliate, she designed a breast cancer screening patient navigation program for women refugees. To be able to reach out to all underserved patients within MGH primary care network, she embedded patient navigation into the Partners TopCare population management system for comprehensive cancer screening. In collaboration with MGH Cancer Center, in 2014 she received a grant from Lazarex Cancer Foundation to expand patient navigation and further improve equity in cancer care. Most recently, she received the Cancer Control Career Development Award for Primary Care Physicians from American Cancer Society to develop patient navigation to improve prevention and early detection of lung cancer.

Publications

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  • Berkowitz SA, Percac-Lima S, Ashburner JM, Chang Y, Zai AH, He W, Grant RW, Atlas SJ. Building Equity Improvement into Quality Improvement: Reducing Socioeconomic Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening as Part of Population Health Management. J Gen Intern Med 2015. PubMed
  • Percac-Lima S, Ashburner JM, McCarthy AM, Piawah S, Atlas SJ. Patient navigation to improve follow-up of abnormal mammograms among disadvantaged women. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2015; 24:138-43. PubMed
  • Percac-Lima S, Cronin PR, Ryan DP, Chabner BA, Daly EA, Kimball AB. Patient navigation based on predictive modeling decreases no-show rates in cancer care. Cancer 2015. PubMed
  • Percac-Lima S, López L, Ashburner JM, Green AR, Atlas SJ. The longitudinal impact of patient navigation on equity in colorectal cancer screening in a large primary care network. Cancer 2014. PubMed
  • Percac-Lima S, Ashburner JM, Bond B, Oo SA, Atlas SJ. Decreasing disparities in breast cancer screening in refugee women using culturally tailored patient navigation. J Gen Intern Med 2013; 28:1463-8. PubMed
  • Percac-Lima S, Benner CS, Lui R, Aldrich LS, Oo SA, Regan N, Chabner BA. The impact of a culturally tailored patient navigator program on cervical cancer prevention in latina women. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2013; 22:426-31. PubMed
  • Holt NE, Percac-Lima S, Kurlinski LA, Thomas JC, Landry PM, Campbell B, Latham N, Ni P, Jette A, Leveille SG, Bean JF. The Boston Rehabilitative Impairment Study of the Elderly: A description of methods. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012. PubMed
  • Percac-Lima S, Milosavljevic B, Oo SA, Marable D, Bond B. Patient Navigation to Improve Breast Cancer Screening in Bosnian Refugees and Immigrants. J Immigr Minor Health 2011. PubMed
  • Saadi A, Bond B, Percac-Lima S. Perspectives on Preventive Health Care and Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening Among Iraqi Women Refugees. J Immigr Minor Health 2011. PubMed
  • Percac-Lima S, Aldrich LS, Gamba GB, Bearse AM, Atlas SJ. Barriers to follow-up of an abnormal Pap smear in Latina women referred for colposcopy. J Gen Intern Med 2010; 25:1198-204. PubMed
  • Donelan K, Mailhot JR, Dutwin D, Barnicle K, Oo SA, Hobrecker K, Percac-Lima S, Chabner BA. Patient Perspectives of Clinical Care and Patient Navigation in Follow-up of Abnormal Mammography. J Gen Intern Med 2010. PubMed
  • Percac-Lima S,Grant RW,Green AR,Ashburner JM,Gamba G,Oo S,Richter JM,Atlas SJ. A culturally tailored navigator program for colorectal cancer screening in a community health center: a randomized, controlled trial. J Gen Intern Med 2008; 24:211-7. PubMed
  • Green AR, Peters-Lewis A, Percac-Lima S, Betancourt JR, Richter JM, Janairo MP, Gamba GB, Atlas SJ. Barriers to Screening Colonoscopy for Low-income Latino and White Patients in an Urban Community Health Center. J Gen Intern Med 2008; 23:834-40. PubMed
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