Pancreas Team

Lab PI: Mary Linton B. Peters, MD, MS, FACP Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is a highly lethal malignancy, most often diagnosed at a late stage when it is no longer surgically resectable. There is significant interest in methods of earlier detection or prevention to increase survival, but unfortunately, pancreatic cancer risk factors have been challenging to identify. … Read more

Knudsen received Celebration of Science Recognition Award

Amy Knudsen, PhD, senior scientist at the MGH ITA and Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, received a Celebration of Science Recognition Award from the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for her work that informed colorectal cancer screening recommendations in the U.S. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium and an opportunity … Read more

ITA Modeling Tools

COVID-19 Simulator: A collection of tools to help health policymakers and practitioners make decisions regarding policy, and strategy related to coronavirus disease 2019 Weather, Air Pollution, and COVID-19 Transmission :Estimates and Projections: Analyzing the impact of weather on the transmission of the virus across 3,739 global locations. Hep C Calculator: Global Cost-effectiveness Analysis for Hepatitis C … Read more

Chhatwal Named Director of the ITA

On February 20th, Dr. James Brink, Radiologist-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital announced that Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD, will succeed Pari Pandharipande, MD, MPH, FACR, as Director of the ITA following her transition to the Ohio State University College of Medicine as Chair of Radiology. Jagpreet Chhatwal’s research is centered in decision science, data analytics, outcomes research, … Read more

Job Listings

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Please visit Mass General Career pages for the ITA’s currently open positions

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Chhatwal Lab

Tools COVID-19 modeling consortium: Since April 2020, Dr. Jagpreet Chhatwal has led a multi-institutional COVID-19 modeling consortium ( that aims to inform several time-sensitive policy decisions around management and mitigation of COVID-19 in the U.S. The consortium is funded by research grants from the National Science Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Gorton and Betty Moore Foundation. … Read more

Cunningham Lubitz Lab

Optimization of Treatment of Patients with Papillary Thyroid Cancer Thyroid cancer is common and is increasing in incidence, prevalence and societal cost. Yet, the effects of current clinical practice are unknown. Moreover, most of the increased incidence is in low-risk smaller tumors and in younger patients, making the potential for consequences of overtreatment greater. Our … Read more

Knudsen Lab

Informing USPSTF recommendation for colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Amy Knudsen led a comparative modeling study commissioned by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to help inform its 2021 recommendation for colorectal cancer screening. The study provided estimates of how the benefits, burden, and harms of different colorectal cancer screening tests vary by the ages … Read more

About the ITA

The mission of the Institute for Technology Assessment (ITA) is to conduct health outcomes research to guide the development, evaluation, and utilization of medical technologies that improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of medical care. The Institute was established in 1997 (originally known as the Decision Analysis and Technology Assessment (DATA) Group), in order to support … Read more

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