Naomi Y. Ko, MD MPH AM

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Naomi Ko
FGH building, 1st floor, 820 Harrison Avenue


Breast Cancer
Cancer Disparities
Health Equity

Dr. Ko is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and a medical oncologist at Boston Medical Center (BMC) who has a lifelong passion for social justice. After college, Dr. Ko participated in Teach For America followed by volunteer service at the Berkeley Free Clinic in the Bay Area. She went on to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and School of Public Health to complete her MD MPH with a focus on health outcomes research for vulnerable populations. After internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital she arrived for fellowship in hematology/oncology at BUSM/BMC, which allowed Dr. Ko to conduct research in the context of caring for an underserved population within a large safety net institution. She has sought out meaningful projects that are a culmination of her passion for oncology, service to the underserved, and academic research. Her research has a translational focus that has been directed to understanding the disconnect between scientific discoveries in cancer treatment and delivery of evidence-based treatment to vulnerable, racial/ethnic minority women with breast cancer. She is actively investigating how tumor biology, poverty, communication and treatment influence breast cancer outcomes in diverse breast cancer populations.

Other Positions

  • Member, BU-BMC Cancer Center, Boston University
  • Member, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Harvard University, AM
  • Barnard College, BA


  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Lombardi FL, Jafari N, Bertrand KA, Oshry LJ, Cassidy MR, Ko NY, Denis GV. Novel semi-automated algorithm for high-throughput quantification of adipocyte size in breast adipose tissue, with applications for breast cancer microenvironment. Adipocyte. 2020 Dec; 9(1):313-325. PMID: 32633194.

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  • Published on 9/4/2020

    Ko NY, Qureshi MM, Oladeru OT, Cassidy MR, Oshry L, Truong MT, Hirsch AE. Racial differences in genomic testing and receipt of endocrine therapy in early-stage breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2020 Sep 04. PMID: 32888137.

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  • Published on 8/20/2020

    Mukand NH, Zolekar A, Ko NY, Calip GS. Risks of Second Primary Gynecologic Cancers Following Ovarian Cancer Treatment in Asian Ethnic Subgroups in the United States, 2000-2016. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Aug 20. PMID: 32856609.

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  • Published on 6/2/2020

    Ghosh S, Chen ML, Weinberg J, Fikre T, Ko NY. Hepatitis C Virus Infection and Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer: A Retrospective Chart Analysis. Oncologist. 2020 Jun 02. PMID: 32488966.

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  • Published on 6/1/2020

    Festa K, Hirsch AE, Cassidy MR, Oshry L, Quinn K, Sullivan MM, Ko NY. Breast Cancer Treatment Delays at an Urban Safety Net Hospital Among Women Experiencing Homelessness. J Community Health. 2020 Jun; 45(3):452-457. PMID: 31625050.

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  • Published on 4/30/2020

    Nabulsi NA, Alobaidi A, Talon B, Asfaw AA, Zhou J, Sharp LK, Sweiss K, Patel PR, Ko NY, Chiu BC, Calip GS. Self-reported health and survival in older patients diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Cancer Causes Control. 2020 Jul; 31(7):641-650. PMID: 32356139.

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  • Published on 1/14/2020

    Kim KN, Qureshi MM, Huang D, Ko NY, Cassidy M, Oshry L, Hirsch AE. The Impact of Locoregional Treatment on Survival in Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer: A National Cancer Database Analysis. Clin Breast Cancer. 2020 04; 20(2):e200-e213. PMID: 32089454.

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  • Published on 1/9/2020

    Ko NY, Hong S, Winn RA, Calip GS. Association of Insurance Status and Racial Disparities With the Detection of Early-Stage Breast Cancer. JAMA Oncol. 2020 Jan 09. PMID: 31917398.

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  • Published on 12/23/2019

    Alobaidi A, Nabulsi NA, Talon B, Asfaw AA, Zhou J, Sharp LK, Sweiss K, Patel PR, Ko NY, Chiu BC, Calip GS. Depressive symptoms, mental health-related quality of life, and survival among older patients with multiple myeloma. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Sep; 28(9):4097-4106. PMID: 31872292.

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  • Published on 12/4/2019

    Kim NE, Conway-Pearson L, Kavanah M, Mendez J, Sachs TF, Drake FT, Ko NY, McAneny D, Cassidy MR. Standardized Risk Assessment and Risk-Stratified Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis for Patients Undergoing Breast Operation. J Am Coll Surg. 2020 Jun; 230(6):947-955. PMID: 31809861.

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