Neeraja B. Peterson, M.D.

Faculty Appointments
Professor of Medicine
M.Sc., Epidemiology, Boston University, Boston, MassachusettsM.D., Medicine , Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeB.S., Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Office Address
6108 MCE, North Tower
Center for Health Services Research
1215 21st Avenue S
Nashville, TN 37232-8300
Research Keywords
preventive health, cancer screening, women's health, epidemiology, health services research
Clinical Research Keywords
preventive health, cancer screening, women's health, epidemiology, health services research
Denny JC, Choma NN, Peterson JF, Miller RA, Bastarache L, Li M, Peterson NB. Natural language processing improves identification of colorectal cancer testing in the electronic medical record. Med Decis Making [print-electronic]. 2012 Jan; 32(1): 188-97. PMID: 21393557, PII: 0272989X11400418, DOI: 10.1177/0272989X11400418, ISSN: 1552-681X.

Denny JC, Peterson JF, Choma NN, Xu H, Miller RA, Bastarache L, Peterson NB. Extracting timing and status descriptors for colonoscopy testing from electronic medical records. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2010 Jul; 17(4): 383-8. PMID: 20595304, PMCID: PMC2995656, PII: 17/4/383, DOI: 10.1136/jamia.2010.004804, ISSN: 1527-974X.

Xu H, Lu Y, Jiang M, Liu M, Denny JC, Dai Q, Peterson NB. Mining Biomedical Literature for Terms related to Epidemiologic Exposures. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010; 2010: 897-901. PMID: 21347108, PMCID: PMC3041399, ISSN: 1942-597X.

Ciampa PJ, Osborn CY, Peterson NB, Rothman RL. Patient numeracy, perceptions of provider communication, and colorectal cancer screening utilization. J Health Commun. 2010; 15 Suppl 3: 157-68. PMID: 21154091, PMCID: PMC3075203, PII: 930956508, DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2010.522699, ISSN: 1087-0415.

Peterson NB, Trentham-Dietz A, Garcia-Closas M, Newcomb PA, Titus-Ernstoff L, Huang Y, Chanock SJ, Haines JL, Egan KM. Association of COMT haplotypes and breast cancer risk in caucasian women. Anticancer Res. 2010 Jan; 30(1): 217-20. PMID: 20150638, PMCID: PMC3086748, PII: 30/1/217, ISSN: 1791-7530.

Denny JC, Spickard A, Johnson KB, Peterson NB, Peterson JF, Miller RA. Evaluation of a method to identify and categorize section headers in clinical documents. J Am Med Inform Assoc [print-electronic]. 2009 Nov; 16(6): 806-15. PMID: 19717800, PMCID: PMC3002123, PII: M3037, DOI: 10.1197/jamia.M3037, ISSN: 1527-974X.

Peterson NB, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Gao YT, Long J, Cai Q, Shu XO, Zheng W. Polymorphisms in tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases-2 and -3 and breast cancer susceptibility and survival. Int. J. Cancer. 2009 Aug 8/15/2009; 125(4): 844-50. PMID: 19431211, PMCID: PMC2745995, DOI: 10.1002/ijc.24405, ISSN: 1097-0215.

Peterson NB, Dwyer KA, Mulvaney SA. Computer and internet use in a community health clinic population. Med Decis Making [print-electronic]. 2009 Mar; 29(2): 202-6. PMID: 18812586, PII: 0272989X08323621, DOI: 10.1177/0272989X08323621, ISSN: 0272-989X.

Denny JC, Peterson JF, Choma NN, Xu H, Miller RA, Bastarache L, Peterson NB. Development of a natural language processing system to identify timing and status of colonoscopy testing in electronic medical records. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2009; 2009: 141. PMID: 20351837, PMCID: PMC2815478, ISSN: 1942-597X.

Peterson NB, Huang Y, Newcomb PA, Titus-Ernstoff L, Trentham-Dietz A, Anic G, Egan KM. Childbearing recency and modifiers of premenopausal breast cancer risk. Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Nov; 17(11): 3284-7. PMID: 18990773, PMCID: PMC2674789, PII: 17/11/3284, DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-08-0577, ISSN: 1055-9965.

Peterson NB, Murff HJ, Cui Y, Hargreaves M, Fowke JH. Papanicolaou testing among women in the southern United States. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2008 Jul; 17(6): 939-46. PMID: 18582173, PMCID: PMC2942751, DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2007.0576, ISSN: 1931-843X.

Murff HJ, Peterson NB, Fowke JH, Hargreaves M, Signorello LB, Dittus RS, Zheng W, Blot WJ. Colonoscopy screening in African Americans and Whites with affected first-degree relatives. Arch. Intern. Med. 2008 Mar 3/24/2008; 168(6): 625-31. PMID: 18362255, PMCID: PMC3557834, PII: 168/6/625, DOI: 10.1001/archinte.168.6.625, ISSN: 0003-9926.

Peterson NB, Murff HJ, Fowke JH, Cui Y, Hargreaves M, Signorello LB, Blot WJ. Use of colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy among African Americans and whites in a low-income population [letter]. Prev Chronic Dis [print-electronic]. 2008 Jan; 5(1): A28. PMID: 18082017, PMCID: PMC2248779, PII: A28, ISSN: 1545-1151.

Cui Y, Peterson NB, Hargreaves M, Wen W, Patel K, Drake J, Munro HM, Signorello LB, Blot WJ. Mammography use in the Southern Community Cohort Study (United States). J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2007 Nov; 18(4 Suppl): 102-17. PMID: 18065854, PII: S1548686907401024, DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2007.0115, ISSN: 1049-2089.

Peterson NB, Dwyer KA, Mulvaney SA, Dietrich MS, Rothman RL. The influence of health literacy on colorectal cancer screening knowledge, beliefs and behavior. J Natl Med Assoc. 2007 Oct; 99(10): 1105-12. PMID: 17987913, PMCID: PMC2574401, ISSN: 1943-4693.

Murff HJ, Peterson NB, Greevy RA, Shrubsole MJ, Zheng W. Early initiation of colorectal cancer screening in individuals with affected first-degree relatives. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Jan; 22(1): 121-6. PMID: 17351851, PMCID: PMC1824778, DOI: 10.1007/s11606-007-0115-6, ISSN: 1525-1497.

Peterson NB, Murff HJ, Ness RM, Dittus RS. Colorectal cancer screening among men and women in the United States. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2007 Jan; 16(1): 57-65. PMID: 17324097, DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2006.0131, ISSN: 1540-9996.

Peterson NB, Trentham-Dietz A, Newcomb PA, Chen Z, Hampton JM, Willett WC, Egan KM. Alcohol consumption and ovarian cancer risk in a population-based case-control study. Int. J. Cancer. 2006 Nov 11/15/2006; 119(10): 2423-7. PMID: 16921486, DOI: 10.1002/ijc.22137, ISSN: 0020-7136.

Murff HJ, Peterson NB, Greevy R, Zheng W. Impact of patient age on family cancer history. Genet. Med. 2006 Jul; 8(7): 438-42. PMID: 16845276, PII: 00125817-200607000-00006, DOI: 10.109701.gim.0000223553.69529.84, ISSN: 1098-3600.

Peterson NB, Trentham-Dietz A, Newcomb PA, Chen Z, Gebretsadik T, Hampton JM, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Egan KM. Relation of anthropometric measurements to ovarian cancer risk in a population-based case-control study (United States). Cancer Causes Control. 2006 May; 17(4): 459-67. PMID: 16596298, DOI: 10.1007/s10552-005-0416-1, ISSN: 0957-5243.

Peterson NB, Friedman RH, Ash AS, Franco S, Carr PL. Faculty self-reported experience with racial and ethnic discrimination in academic medicine. J Gen Intern Med. 2004 Mar; 19(3): 259-65. PMID: 15009781, PMCID: PMC1492150, PII: 20409, ISSN: 0884-8734.

Peterson NB, Han J, Freund KM. Inadequate follow-up for abnormal Pap smears in an urban population. J Natl Med Assoc. 2003 Sep; 95(9): 825-32. PMID: 14527050, PMCID: PMC2594474, ISSN: 1943-4693.

Friedman ND, Peterson NB, Sumner WT, Alexander BD. Spontaneous dermal abscesses and ulcers as a result of Serratia marcescens. J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 2003 Aug; 49(2 Suppl Case Reports): S193-4. PMID: 12894121, PII: S0190962203004092, DOI: 10.1067/mjd.2003.312, ISSN: 0190-9622.