Diane M. Harper
Diane M. Harper works as a Professor of medicine in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Biomedical and Health Informatics, and Community and Family Medicine at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine. She serves as the Director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group in the Center of Excellence in Women's Health at UMKC, in which work on all aspects of HPV-associated diseases, specifically cervical cancer prevention, is conducted. After graduating in chemical engineering and polymerics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Harper received her medical degree from the University of Kansas in Kansas City, where she also did residencies in OB/GYN and family medicine. For the decades prior to 2010, Professor Harper serves as a Local Director of the CDC’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, serving at the state level both in Missouri in the early 1990s and in New Hampshire, while serving at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center a decade. She has served as a Board Member of the National Home Office Advisory Group on Cervical Cancer at the American Cancer Society. She participated in the three national guideline meetings to discuss the implications of HPV on women’s cervical health; these meetings determined the future nomenclature of cytology, screening conditions, and management of abnormal cytology and histology reports. Her research interests include women’s and men’s health issues with specific emphasis on prevention, screening, immunology, early diagnosis, and treatment of HPV-associated diseases and communicating about these areas.
Biography Updated on 10 November 2011