Matthew (Mateo) Banegas, PhD, MPH

Investigator - Center for Health Research (KPNW)


Matthew (Mateo) P. Banegas, PhD., MPH is an Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) Center for Health Research. Dr. Banegas’ research focuses on the delivery, costs, and value of medical care. He has conducted extensive research on the economic burden of cancer, having published several papers exploring the financial hardships and employment-related experiences of cancer patients and survivors in the United States. He is currently leading studies that examine issues of financial hardship, employment, access to care, cost-related emotional distress, and health-related quality of life among individuals across disease populations. Dr. Banegas earned an MPH degree from New Mexico State University and completed his doctoral training in health services research with a focus on cancer prevention and control from the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He came to his current role after completing the Cancer Prevention Fellowship in the Health Services and Economics Branch of the National Cancer Institute.

Areas of Focus

  • Social determinants of health
  • Health disparities
  • Health care utilization and costs
  • Cancer care delivery
  • Financial hardship

Current Work

My current work is largely focused within two areas of investigation: (1) social, economic and health outcomes across the cancer care continuum; and (2) identifying and addressing the social determinants of health. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, I am currently leading several studies that examine financial hardship, employment, insurance coverage and access to care among individuals diagnosed with cancer. Additionally, I lead a study to assess the prevalence of social and economic needs among KP members, and the associated patterns of health care use, costs and outcomes. I am part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-site team that is developing a financial navigation intervention to address the medical and non-medical cost-related needs of individuals within a health care system.