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Diane Harper

Professor of Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Women's and Gender Studies; Senior Associate Director, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research

Women's and Gender Studies

Dr. Diane M. Harper is an internationally recognized clinical research expert in HPV associated diseases, their prevention, early detection, and treatment for the prevention of cancer.  She has been a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to advise on global guidelines and to set up screening and prevention operations in low and middle income countries to prevent cervical cancer.  She received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the European Research Organization on Genital Infection and Neoplasia for her scientific work as well as the Femmes de l'Année Prix Monte Carlo which honors one local and one international woman a year for her influence in bettering women's lives around the world.  Dr. Harper has been listed among the top 40,000 scientists in the world over the past 20 years.

Dr. Harper has a strong interest in public health, epidemiology, and health behaviors, all fields in which she is widely published.  She has over 200 publications and tens of thousands citations, has contributed to multiple textbooks, and has participated in US and Global cervical cancer screening guidelines recommendation publications.  She has been a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

Dr. Harper is also renowned for her educational commitment in medicine receiving the Excellence in Education award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) for her lifetime dedication to education.  In addition, she was honored with the Curtis G Hames Research award from the three Family Medicine organizations: STFM, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the North American Primary Care Research Group.  Dr. Harper has completed the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine fellowship and has served as the Chair of the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville with the Rowntree Endowment. 

Dr. Harper joined the instructional track faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School in early 2018.

Research Interests: Prevention, screening, early detection and treatment of HPV associated cancers including cervix, anus, oropharynx; evidence-based guidelines development; women's health