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Diane Harper

Family Medicine/Biomedical Engineering/Women's and Gender Studies

Residency, Kansas University Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine
MD, University of Kansas Medical School (KUMC),
MPH, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Kansas Medical School
MS, Polymerics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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 and the Pan American Health Organization 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 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, and 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.


Fluorescence and reflectance of HPV infected epithelium provides precision detection of transformed oncogenic infection, Genetic testing in primary care population settings, HPV, Microbiome and methylation of HPV and host as a measure of transforming infection

University Affiliation(s)

IHPI | MICHR | Rogel Cancer Center

Research Area(s)

HPV-associated diseases | Health disparities | screening and prevention of cervical cancer