Monica Ter-Minassian, ScD

Research Scientist


ScD in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2009
MS in Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2006
MS in Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetic Counseling Program, Brandeis University, 1999

Professional Affiliations:

American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society


Dr. Monica Ter-Minassian is a Research Scientist and cancer epidemiologist who joined Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute (MAPRI) in 2016. Her current research focuses on screening and preventive strategies for women at higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer. She contributes to the development of a longitudinal Tumor registry, a Sickle Cell Disease and Related Hemoglobinopathies registry and the KPMAS Research Bank for future cancer and genetics studies. She also works with the FDA Sentinel project on drug safety surveillance. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, she was a joint Research Fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health where she studied factors related to neuroendocrine tumor risk and survival.

Dr. Ter-Minassian is excited to be a part of the MAPRI team and develop new research to improve surveillance and patient care for cancer, sickle cell disease and drug safety.

Research Interests:

Cancer and oncology epidemiology, genetic and molecular epidemiology, sickle-cell disease, drug safety surveillance

For a full list of publications, please see Dr. Ter-Minassian’s Curriculum Vitae.

  1. Ter-Minassian M, Schaeffer ML, Jefferson CR, Shapiro SC, Suwannarat P, Visvanathan K. Screening and Preventative Strategies for Patients at High Risk for Breast Cancer. JCO Oncol Pract. 2021 Apr;17(4):e575-e581.
  2. Burnett-Hartman AN, Udaltsova N, Kushi LH, Neslund-Dudas C, Rahm AK, Pawloski PA, Corley DA, Knerr S, Feigelson HS, Hunter JE, Tabano DC, Epstein MM, Honda SA, Ter-Minassian M, Lynch JA, Lu CY. Clinical Molecular Marker Testing Data Capture to Promote Precision Medicine Research Within the Cancer Research Network. JCO Clin Cancer Inform. 2019 Sep;3:1-10.
  3. Ter-Minassian M, Lanzkron S, Derus A, Brown E, Horberg MA. Quality Metrics and Health Care Utilization for Adult Patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2018 Jun 22 [Epub]. 2019 Feb;111(1):54-61.
  4. Ter-Minassian M, Zhang S, Brooks NV, Brais LK, Chan JA, Christiani DC, Lin X, Gabriel S, Dinet J, Kulke MH. Association Between Tumor Progression Endpoints and Overall Survival in Patients with Advanced Neuroendocrine Tumors. Oncologist. 2017 Feb;22(2):165-172. PMC5330705.
  5. Qian ZR, Li T, Ter-Minassian M, Yang J, Chan JA, Brais LK, Masugi Y, Thiaglingam A, Brooks N, Nishihara R, Bonnemarie M, Masuda A, Inamura K, Kim SA, Mima K, Sukawa Y, Dou R, Lin X, Christiani DC, Schmidlin F, Fuchs CS, Mahmood U, Ogino S, Kulke MH. Association Between Somatostatin Receptor Expression and Clinical Outcomes in Neuroendocrine Tumors. Pancreas. 2016 Nov;45(10):1386-1393. PMCID: PMC5067972.
  6. Du Y, Ter-Minassian M, Brais L, Brooks N, Waldron A, Chan JA, Lin X, Kraft P,Christiani DC, Kulke MH. Genetic associations with neuroendocrine tumor risk: results from a genome-wide association study. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2016 Aug;23(8):587-94.
  7. Qian ZR, Ter-Minassian M, Chan JA, Imamura Y, Hooshmand SM, Kuchiba A, Morikawa T, Brais LK, Daskalova A, Heafield R, Lin X, Christiani DC, Fuchs CS, Ogino S, Kulke MH. Prognostic significance of MTOR pathway component expression in neuroendocrine tumors. J Clin Oncol. 2013 Sep 20;31(27):3418-25.
  8. Ter-Minassian M, Chan JA, Hooshmand SM, Brais LK, Daskalova A, Heafield R, Buchanan L, Qian ZR, Fuchs CS, Lin X, Liu G, Christiani DC, Kulke MH. Clinical presentation, recurrence, and survival in patients with neuroendocrine tumors: results from a prospective institutional database. Endocrine Related Cancer. 2013. 22;20(2):187-96.
  9. Zhao Y, Yu H, Zhu Y, Ter-Minassian M, Peng Z, Shen H, Diao N, Chen F. Genetic association analysis using sibship data: a multilevel model approach. PLoS One. 2012;7(2):e31134.
  10. Zhai R, Zhao Y, Liu G, Ter-Minassian M, Wu IC, Wang Z, Su L, Asomaning K, Chen F, Kulke MH, Lin X, Heist RS, Wain JC, Christiani DC. Interactions between environmental factors and polymorphisms in angiogenesis pathway genes in esophageal adenocarcinoma risk: a case-only study. Cancer. 2012 Feb1;118(3):804-11.
  11. Ter-Minassian M, Wang Z, Asomaning K, Wu MC, Liu CY, Paulus JK, Liu G, Bradbury PA, Zhai R, Su L, Frauenhoffer CS, Hooshmand SM, De Vivo I, Lin X, Christiani DC, Kulke MH. Genetic associations with sporadic neuroendocrine tumor risk. Carcinogenesis. 2011 Aug;32(8):1216-22.
  12. Ter-Minassian M, Asomaning K, Zhao Y, Chen F, Su L, Carmella SG, Lin X, Hecht SS, Christiani DC. Genetic variability in the metabolism of the tobacco-specific nitrosamine 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK) to 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanol (NNAL). Int J Cancer. 2011 Mar 15;130(6):1338-46.
  13. Wu IC, Zhao Y, Zhai R, Liu G, Ter-Minassian M, Asomaning K, Su L, Liu CY, Chen F, Kulke MH, Heist RS, Christiani DC. Association between polymorphisms in cancer-related genes and early onset of esophageal adenocarcinoma. Neoplasia. 2011 Apr;13(4):386-92.
  1. Oncology Epidemiology
    Goal: The goal of this project is to work with the KPMAS cancer registry to monitor cancer incidence, treatment and
    survival of all patients diagnosed with cancer at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States.
    Funder: Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. Sickle Cell Disease Registry
    The goal of this project is to monitor Sickle Cell Disease incidence, treatment and vaccinations of patients
    diagnosed at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States.
    Funder: Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. Kaiser Permanente Biobank (Mid-Atlantic region)
    The goal of this project is to recruit eligible members (including those recently diagnosed with cancer) to
    participate in a multisite Biobank, located at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland CA.
    Funder: Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente
  4. Sentinel Data Partner Infrastructure
    Contract to provide drug safety surveillance data for the multisite Federal Drug Administration Sentinel project.
    Funder: Federal Drug Administration
    Role: Principal Investigator
  5. COVID19 Low Dose Thoracic Imaging Pilot Study
    The goal is to identify post COVID-19 infection thoracic imaging results and patient self-reported respiratory
    health over time.
    Funder: Garfield Memorial Fund, Kaiser Permanente