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Lee E. Buenconsejo-Lum, MD

Lee E. Buenconsejo-Lum, MD
  • Associate Member
    Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Prevention in the Pacific)
    University of Hawaii Cancer Center
  • Academic Appointments

  • Professor
    Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    John A. Burns School of Medicine
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Designated Institutional Official and GME Director
    John A. Burns School of Medicine
    University of Hawaii at Manoa

Degrees

  • MD
    John A. Burns School of Medicine
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Family Medicine Residency Program
    Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    John A. Burns School of Medicine
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Faculty Development Fellow
    Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    John A. Burns School of Medicine
    University of Hawaii at Manoa

Research Focus

Since 2002, Dr. Buenconsejo-Lum has worked with health leaders in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island (USAPI) jurisdictions in the areas of health workforce development, comprehensive cancer control, cancer surveillance, policy development and implementation for cervical cancer screening and other cancer risk factors. She has been the Principal Investigator of the Pacific Regional Cancer Registry program since 2009 and works closely with the USAPI regional epidemiologists and others to strengthen surveillance systems, health information and data flow related to cancer and cervical pre-cancers. Her work in the USAPI utilizes community-based, participatory approaches to program development and evaluation. Dr. Buenconsejo-Lum was the PI of a CDC cooperative agreement evaluating cervical cancer prevention and screening programs in the USAPI through the use of focus groups, community stakeholder surveys, Immunization and Cervical Cancer Program assessment surveys and provider surveys. She participated in an Expert Panel on Cervical Cancer Screening in the U.S. Insular Areas to share the current situation, resource challenges and opportunities with cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination programs in the USAPI. She was a co-investigator on an NCI P30 Administrative supplement to conduct a policy, system and environmental scan (which includes an online provider survey) to elucidate barriers and promoters of adolescent HPV vaccination in Hawaii. In the UH Cancer Center's U54 partnership grant, she is a co-investigator for the pilot project utilizing text messaging to improve cervical cancer screening in Marshallese and Chuukese women, as well as leading the HPV vaccination improvement efforts of the Cancer Outreach Core. She was the Project Lead for the UHCC Administrative Supplement to Promote Cancer Prevention and Control Research in Low and Middle Income Countries (P30 Admin Supp). The P30 project, "Comparison of Cytology and Urine HPV DNA Testing for Cervical Cancer Screening in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)," laid the foundation for community-based participatory translational research in Yap State, FSM and was the first randomized clinical trial in the FSM.

Selected Publications

  • Sy AU, Hernandez BY, Tareg A, Reichhardt M, Buenconsejo-Lum LE. (2017). Acceptability and Feasibility of a Community Based Participatory Research Project Comparing Cytology and Urine HPV DNA Testing for Cervical Cancer Screening in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. Cancer Epidemiology special issue: Cancer in Small States. Accepted for publication July 21, 2017.
  • Tom A, Robinett H, Buenconsejo-Lum LE, Soon R, Hamilton M, Francisco-Natauan P, Hernandez BY. (2016). Promoting and providing HPV vaccination in Hawaii: barriers faced by health providers. Journal of Community Health; Apr 2 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27038960
  • Waxman AG, Buenconsejo-Lum LE, Cremer M, Feldman S, Ault KA, Cain JM, Diaz ML for the Expert Panel on Cervical Cancer Screening in the U.S. Territories Pacific Island Jurisdictions. (2015). Cervical Cancer Screening in the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands: Options and Opportunities. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease; Jan; 20(1):97-104. DOI:10.1097/LGT.0000000000000161. PMID: 26704332
  • Obel J, McKenzie J, Buenconsejo-Lum LE, Durand AM, Ekeroma A, Soures Y, et al. (2015). Mapping HPV Vaccination and Cervical Cancer Screening Practice in the Pacific Region – Strengthening National and Regional Cervical Cancer Prevention. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev; 16(8):3435-3442. Doi: http://dx/doi.org/10.7314/APJCP.2015.16.8.3435 PubMed PMID: 25921158 PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4514615
  • Buenconsejo-Lum LE, Saraiya M, Sy AU, Townsend, J. (2014). Cervical Cancer Screening in the USAPI In Proceedings of the 2014 ASCCP Biennial Scientific Meeting Oral and Poster Abstract Presentations. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease; 18(5): S1-S27. NIHMS704618
  • Townsend JS, Stormo AR, Roland KB, Buenconsejo-Lum LE, White S, Saraiya M. (2014). Current Cervical Cancer Screening Knowledge, Awareness, Practices Among United States Affiliated Pacific Island Providers: Opportunities and Challenges. The Oncologist; 19:1-11. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2013-0340. Epub 2014 Mar 25. PubMed PMID: 24668335; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3983819
  • Sy A, Heckert K, Jamison C, Maskarinec GG, Lim A, Buenconsejo-Lum LE. (2013). Pacific CEED Legacy Projects and Local Projects: Culturally Tailored Promising Practices to Prevent Breast and Cervical Cancer in the US Affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions. In Merrick, J (Ed) Public Health Yearbook 2013. New York: Nova Science, 2013.
  • Buenconsejo-Lum LE, Maskarinec GG, Palafox NA. (2007). Pacific Association for Clinical Training (PACT): Lessons Learned and Next Steps in Developing a Sustainable Continuing Health Professional Education System in the United States Affiliated Pacific Island (USAPI) Jurisdictions. Pacific Health Dialog 2007 March. 14(1):224-233. PMID: 19772163
  • Buenconsejo-Lum LE, Jeong Y, Baksa J, Eidsmoe-Torris P, Palafox NA, et al. Cancer in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands 2007-2012. May 2015. Available online www.pacificcancer.org

Publication list via PubMed

Active Grants

  • LE Buenconsejo-Lum, Principal Investigator Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry
    1 U58 DP006312 - $2,250,500
    "CDC National Program of Cancer Registries, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion "
    The major goal of this project is to maintain the Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry for the US Affiliated Pacific Island jurisdictions that will support and complement their jurisdiction and regional cancer control and chronic disease efforts. In addition to developing Regional polices and training specific to Cancer Registries, the project includes working with the jurisdictions' health information systems to improve health information management systems, death certification and quality improvement related to medical records. Other key partners include the Hawai'i Tumor Registry/University of Hawaii Cancer Center.
    06/17 - 06/22
  • LE Buenconsejo-Lum, Co-Investigator – Pilot Project 1 and Cancer Outreach Core; N. Palafox, PI
    NCI 2 U54CA143727-06A1 - $1,015,895
    "University of Guam/University of Hawaii Cancer Center Partnership (Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (CPACHE)"
    The goal of the U54 partnership between UOG and UHCC is to develop the cancer research capacity at UOG, develop cancer health disparity research at UHCC and increase the number of biomedical researchers who are of Pacific Islander ancestry. I am a Co-Investigator in both the Cancer Outreach Core and in Pilot Project 1, which will evaluate the effectiveness of community-based short message service (SMS) strategies to increase cervical cancer screening rates in underserved Pacific Islander populations who have migrated to Guam and Hawaii within the last 5 years. The Cancer Outreach Core has a focus on increasing HPV vaccination rates in both Guam and Hawaii, in addition to increasing physician and community knowledge of priority cancer prevention & screening goals.
    09/15 – 08/20
  • LE Buenconsejo-Lum, Project Director, Co-Investigator; N. Palafox, PI
    CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    1 U58 DP005810 - $3,750,000
    "Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH): USAPI Community Health Interventions Project (CHIP)"
    The USAPI CHIP builds on the work of the well-established USAPI cancer control network to support the comprehensive implementation and evaluation of effective evidence-based practices to address the excessive and disparate burden of tobacco- and unhealthy nutrition-related non-communicable diseases in the USAPI. The short-term outcomes of CHIP, which targets 75% of adults in the USAPI, will focus on increasing access to smoke-free or tobacco-free environments (public and private worksites, including health facilities), decreasing youth access to tobacco products and increasing access to environments with health food or beverage options through policy, system and/or environmental policy interventions.
    09/14 – 09/18

Recently Completed Grants

  • LE Buenconsejo-Lum, Principal Investigator of subcontract; Timothy Dye, (University of Rochester CDC Prevention Research Center), PI - $45,000
    CDC 1 U48 DP005026
    "Rochester Prevention Research Center – Dye Supplement USAPI Technology-Assisted Behavior Change Project"
    Subcontract from University of Rochester to plan and implement two technology-assisted behavior change pilot research projects to improve the efficacy of health promotion. Pilot projects in the RMI and Pohnpei State, FSM. We are one of 2 implementing partners of the Global and Territorial Health Research Network (U Rochester is the Coordinating Center)
    09/14 -08/17