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Douglas J. Robertson, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine
Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

The Dartmouth Institute

Georgetown University, BS 1988
U. Connecticut School of Medicine, MD 1992
University of North Carolina, MPH 2000

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice


Contact Information:

VA Medical Center
215 N Main St
Mail Code 111E
White River Junction VT 05009

Office: 802 295 9363
Phone: x5590

Professional Interests:

Colorectal Cancer Epidemiology and Outcomes
Pharmacoepidemiology of GI disease

Grant Information:

1.Prospective Evaluation of Risk Factors for Large (≥ 1cm) Colonic Adenomas in Asymptomatic Subjects. A large multicenter trial funded by the VA Cooperative Studies Program. Principal Investigator: David Lieberman. (Role: Site PI)
2.Translation of Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines to Practice-A System Intervention. A multicenter trial funded by the VA Colorectal Cancer Queri. Principal Investigator: Linda Humphrey. (Role Site PI)
3.Colorectal Chemoprevention with Calcium and Vitamin D. A large randomized placebo controlled trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. Principal Investigator: John Baron (Role Clinical Director)
4.Developing Sensible Screening Strategies Following Colonoscopy. VA Health Services Research & Development Career Development Award (Principal Investigator)

Courses Taught:

Scientific Basis of Medicine-GI Section

Selected Publications:


Optimizing the Quality of Colorectal Cancer Screening Worldwide.
Kaminski MF, Robertson DJ, Senore C, Rex DK
Gastroenterology. 2020 Jan;158(2):404-417. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2019.11.026. Epub 2019 Nov 20.
PMID: 31759062

Yield and Practice Patterns of Surveillance Colonoscopy Among Older Adults: An Analysis of the GI Quality Improvement Consortium.
Calderwood AH, Holub JL, Greenwald DA, Robertson DJ
Am J Gastroenterol. 2019 Nov;114(11):1811-1819. doi: 10.14309/ajg.0000000000000430.
PMID: 31658125

When Results From Multitarget DNA Tests Are Positive and Colonoscopy Is Negative, Should We Be Concerned About Cancer Outside the Colon?
Robertson DJ, Dominitz JA
Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Oct 15; pii: S1542-3565(19)31115-2. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2019.10.016. Epub 2019 Oct 15.
PMID: 31626977

Baseline Colonoscopy Findings Associated with 10-Year Outcomes in a Screening Cohort Undergoing Colonoscopy Surveillance.
Lieberman D, Sullivan BA, Hauser ER, Qin X, Musselwhite LW, O'Leary MC, Redding TS 4th, Madison AN, Bullard AJ, Thomas R, Sims KJ, Williams CD, Hyslop T, Weiss D, Gupta S, Gellad ZF, Robertson DJ, Provenzale D
Gastroenterology. 2019 Jul 31; pii: S0016-5085(19)41149-9. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2019.07.052. Epub 2019 Jul 31.
PMID: 31376388

Overuse of Cystoscopic Surveillance Among Patients With Low-risk Non-Muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer - A National Study of Patient, Provider, and Facility Factors.
Han DS, Lynch KE, Chang JW, Sirovich B, Robertson DJ, Swanton AR, Seigne JD, Goodney PP, Schroeck FR
Urology. 2019 Sep;131:112-119. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2019.04.036. Epub 2019 May 28.
PMID: 31145947

The impact of frequent cystoscopy on surgical care and cancer outcomes among patients with low-risk, non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer.
Schroeck FR, Lynch KE, Li Z, MacKenzie TA, Han DS, Seigne JD, Robertson DJ, Sirovich B, Goodney PP
Cancer. 2019 Sep 15;125(18):3147-3154. doi: 10.1002/cncr.32185. Epub 2019 May 23.
PMID: 31120559

No Evidence for Posttreatment Effects of Vitamin D and Calcium Supplementation on Risk of Colorectal Adenomas in a Randomized Trial.
Calderwood AH, Baron JA, Mott LA, Ahnen DJ, Bostick RM, Figueiredo JC, Passarelli MN, Rees JR, Robertson DJ, Barry EL
Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2019 May;12(5):295-304. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-19-0023. Epub 2019 Mar 4.
PMID: 30833381

Metachronous Neoplasias Arise in a Higher Proportion of Colon Segments From Which Large Polyps Were Previously Removed, and Can be Used to Estimate Incomplete Resection of 10-20 mm Colorectal Polyps.
Adler J, Toy D, Anderson JC, Robertson DJ, Pohl H
Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Oct;17(11):2277-2284. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2019.01.047. Epub 2019 Feb 12.
PMID: 30768963

Opportunities and Challenges in Moving From Current Guidelines to Personalized Colorectal Cancer Screening.
Robertson DJ, Ladabaum U
Gastroenterology. 2019 Mar;156(4):904-917. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2018.12.012. Epub 2018 Dec 26.
PMID: 30593801

Extent of Risk-Aligned Surveillance for Cancer Recurrence Among Patients With Early-Stage Bladder Cancer.
Schroeck FR, Lynch KE, Chang JW, MacKenzie TA, Seigne JD, Robertson DJ, Goodney PP, Sirovich B
JAMA Netw Open. 2018 Sep;1(5) pii: e183442. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.3442. Epub 2018 Sep 28.
PMID: 30465041

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