Nananda Col

Previous to her involvement at the University of New England, Dr. Col >served as a faculty member at Tufts, Brown, and Harvard Medical Schools.  She has served as the Principal Investigator on numerous federally funded research, training, contracts, and conference grants that develop and test individualized web-based shared decision making interventions. 

he is on the Steering Committee for the International Patient Decision Aid Standards collaboration, which develops standards for decision aids, and the Cochrane Collaboration's Review of Patient Decision Aids, which reviews and updates the scientific evidence. She serves on the FDA's Risk Communication Advisory Committee, the NIH State-of-the-Science Conference on the Role of Active Surveillance in the Management of Men with Localized Prostate Cancer, and AHRQ's Technical Advisory Panel for the Comparative Effectiveness Review on Treatments for Menopausal Symptoms She served on study sections for the AHRQ (Health Care Technology and Decision Sciences) and the Veterans Administration HSR&D (for both General Health Services Research and Methodology), and recently served on the >NIH Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2012/01 ZDE1 JH (23) for the NIH/ National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. She was recently appointed as reviewer for >the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

>In addition to her involvement at the University of New England, Dr. Col is the founder of Shared Decision Making Resources and is the Chief Scientific Officer for Expert Medical Navigator, Inc.



University of Massachusetts


Darthmouth College


Kennedy School of Government

Board Certifications and Licenses

PROFESSIONAL Maine License Registration # 017686, 2007, expiration date 11/30/2012.  DEA ; Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners: # 385402, 1992.  Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine: # 173625, 1996.



Harvard Medical School




Clinical Decision Making, Telemedicine, and Informatics

Tufts University-New Englanmd Medical Center




Preventive Medicine

University of Massashusetts Medical Center





University of Massashusetts





Memorial Hospital, University of Massachusetts




Shared Decision Making

Study design

Internal Medicine

preventive medicine

public health

Clinical Decision Making

mathematical modeling

and medical informatics.


Current Research

Grant Review Study Sections:
AHRQ Bioterrorism Task Force, Rockville, MD. 2000.

National Cancer Institute; Behavioral Research in Cancer Control. 2003.

Veterans Administration HSR&D Study Section (Methodology Group); San Diego, CA. 2004-2005.

Veterans Administration HSR&D Study Section (General Health Services Research); Washington, DC. 2005-2006.

Contract Review Meeting, AHRQ. Rockville, MD, 2005.

AHRQ Ambulatory Safety and Quality: Enabling Patient-Centered Care through Health IT (R18). June 14-15, 2007.

AHRQ Health Care Technology and Decision Sciences (HCTDS) study section; 2005-2009.

NIH Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2012/01 ZDE1 JH (23). NIH/ National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 2011.

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Feb 21, 2012.

Other Grant Review:

Peer Reviewer, DEcIDE Methods Center, Brigham and WomenÕs Hospital (2010-present )

Consensus Conferences:
Medical Harms: Defining a Taxonomy and Proposing a Research Agenda. Organized by the San Antonio Evidence-based Practice Center, sponsored by the AHRQ, San Antonio, TX, 2001.

Technology Assessment of Pharmacologic Interventions for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Including Tamoxifen, Raloxifene, and Aromatase Inhibition. Sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Technology Assessment Working Group; Chicago, Illinois, 2001.

Panelist, Consensus Development Conference on Subclinical Thyroid Disease, The Endocrine Society, Leesburg, VA, 2002.

NIH State-of-the-Science Panel. National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference Statement: Management of Menopause-Related Symptoms.

Cochrane Collaboration: Review of Patient Decision Aids; 2006.

International Patient Decision Aids Standards (IPDAS) Steering Committee, 2006-present.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) breast cancer risk reduction guideline Update Committee, 2007-present.
Panelist: NIH State-of-the-Science Conference: Role of Active Surveillance in the Management of Men With Localized Prostate Cancer; 2010-present.

Research Interests

Decision making for prostate cancer

Selected Publications

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Nananda Col


M.D., M.P.P., M.P.H., FACP

Adjunct Professor in the Center of Excellence in the Neurosciences