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Jennifer Yeh, PhD

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital
Phone: (857) 218-5577
Fax: (617) 730-0957

Jennifer Yeh, PhD

Boston Children's Hospital


  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Scientific Researcher, Division of General Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital


Research Abstract

I am a decision scientist whose research focuses on improving cancer outcomes at the population level. I have extensive experience applying decision-analytic modeling and cost-effectiveness analysis methods to evaluate clinical guidelines and health policy. My research spans across the cancer continuum, ranging from gastric cancer prevention to childhood cancer survivorship.

I have developed and applied methods of decision analysis, simulation modeling and economic evaluation to identify opportunities to enhance cancer screening and surveillance programs. In particular, I have developed novel approaches that incorporate the effects of early life exposures on long-term health outcomes. My work on childhood cancers focuses on how treatment-related risks for secondary cancers, cardiac events and other late effects impact long-term survivor health and quality of life. I was recently awarded a grant from the American Cancer Society to evaluate secondary cancer screening guidelines for childhood cancer survivors.


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  • Ward ZJ, Yeh JM, Bhakta N, Frazier AL, Girardi F, Atun R. Global childhood cancer survival estimates and priority-setting: a simulation-based analysis. Lancet Oncol. 2019; 20:972-983. PubMed
  • Ward ZJ, Yeh JM, Bhakta N, Frazier AL, Atun R. Estimating the total incidence of global childhood cancer: a simulation-based analysis. Lancet Oncol. 2019; 20:483-493. PubMed
  • Chow EJ, Antal Z, Constine LS, Gardner R, Wallace WH, Weil BR, Yeh JM, Fox E. New Agents, Emerging Late Effects, and the Development of Precision Survivorship. J Clin Oncol 2018. PubMed
  • Yeh JM, Hanmer J, Ward ZJ, Leisenring WM, Armstrong GT, Hudson MM, Stovall M, Robison LL, Oeffinger KC, Diller L. Chronic Conditions and Utility-Based Health-Related Quality of Life in Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2016. PubMed
  • Yeh JM, Hur C, Ward Z, Schrag D, Goldie SJ. Gastric adenocarcinoma screening and prevention in the era of new biomarker and endoscopic technologies: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Gut 2015. PubMed
  • Yeh JM, Nohria A, Diller L. Routine echocardiography screening for asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors: a model-based estimation of the clinical and economic effects. Ann Intern Med 2014; 160:661-71. PubMed
  • Yeh JM, Hur C, Schrag D, Kuntz KM, Ezzati M, Stout N, Ward Z, Goldie SJ. Contribution of H. pylori and smoking trends to US incidence of intestinal-type noncardia gastric adenocarcinoma: a microsimulation model. PLoS Med. 2013; 10:e1001451. PubMed
  • Yeh JM, Diller L. Pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma: trade-offs between short- and long-term mortality risks. Blood 2012; 120:2195-202. PubMed
  • Yeh JM, Hur C, Kuntz KM, Ezzati M, Goldie SJ. Cost-effectiveness of treatment and endoscopic surveillance of precancerous lesions to prevent gastric cancer. Cancer 2010; 116:2941-53. PubMed
  • Yeh JM, Nekhlyudov L, Goldie SJ, Mertens AC, Diller L. A model-based estimate of cumulative excess mortality in survivors of childhood cancer. Ann Intern Med 2010; 152:409-17, W131-8. PubMed
  • Yeh JM, Goldie SJ, Kuntz KM, Ezzati M. Effects of Helicobacter pylori infection and smoking on gastric cancer incidence in China: a population-level analysis of trends and projections. Cancer Causes Control 2009. PubMed
  • Yeh JM,Kuntz KM,Ezzati M,Goldie SJ. Exploring the cost-effectiveness of Helicobacter pylori screening to prevent gastric cancer in China in anticipation of clinical trial results. Int J Cancer 2008; 124:157-66. PubMed
  • Yeh JM,Kuntz KM,Ezzati M,Hur C,Kong CY,Goldie SJ. Development of an empirically calibrated model of gastric cancer in two high-risk countries. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2008; 17:1179-87. PubMed