Kimberly Anne Bertrand, ScD

Associate Professor, Medicine

Kimberly Bertrand
72 E. Concord St Instructional (L)


Dr. Bertrand’s research focuses primarily on the epidemiology of breast cancer, with an emphasis on understanding racial disparities in incidence and outcomes. She is currently Multiple Principal Investigator of the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS), a prospective cohort study of over 59,000 African American women begun in 1995. Dr. Bertrand is also Principal Investigator of a BWHS study to evaluate risk factors for high mammographic density, a strong independent predictor of breast cancer, and the role mammographic density and other risk factors may play in tumor aggressiveness. Other areas of research interest include risk factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Center Faculty Member, Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Member, BU-BMC Cancer Center, Boston University
  • Epidemiologist, Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Member, Genome Science Institute, Boston University


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Brown University, BS


  • Published on 9/14/2023

    Ruiz Lopez JN, McNeil GE, Zirpoli G, Palmer JR, Kataria Y, Bertrand KA. Vitamin D and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) among U.S. Black women. Cancer Causes Control. 2023 Sep 14. PMID: 37707565.

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  • Published on 9/7/2023

    Wolfson EA, Schonberg MA, Eliassen AH, Bertrand KA, Shvetsov YB, Rosner BA, Palmer JR, LaCroix AZ, Chlebowski RT, Nelson RA, Ngo LH. Validating a Model for Predicting Breast Cancer and Non-Breast Cancer Death in Women Aged 55 and Older. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2023 Sep 07. PMID: 37676833.

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  • Published on 8/9/2023

    Barber LE, Bertrand KA, Sheehy S, White LF, Roy HK, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Petrick JL. Aspirin and nonaspirin nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug use and occurrence of colorectal adenoma in Black American women. Int J Cancer. 2023 Aug 09. PMID: 37555819.

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  • Published on 8/2/2023

    Harvey SV, Wentzensen N, Bertrand K, Black A, Brinton LA, Chen C, Costas L, Dal Maso L, De Vivo I, Du M, Garcia-Closas M, Goodman MT, Gorzelitz J, Johnson L, Lacey JV, Liao L, Lipworth L, Lissowska J, Miller AB, O'Connell K, O'Mara TA, Ou X, Palmer JR, Patel AV, Paytubi S, Pelegrina B, Petruzella S, Prizment A, Rohan T, Sandin S, Setiawan VW, Sinha R, Trabert B, Webb PM, Wilkens LR, Xu W, Yang HP, Zheng W, Clarke MA. Associations of life course obesity with endometrial cancer in the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium (E2C2). Int J Epidemiol. 2023 Aug 02; 52(4):1086-1099. PMID: 37029916.

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  • Published on 7/27/2023

    Wang C, Bertrand KA, Trevino-Talbot M, Flynn M, Ruderman M, Cabral HJ, Bowen DJ, Hughes-Halbert C, Palmer JR. Ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) and challenges in the design of a randomized controlled trial to test the online return of cancer genetic research results to U.S. Black women. Contemp Clin Trials. 2023 Sep; 132:107309. PMID: 37516165.

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  • Published on 7/5/2023

    Barber LE, VoPham T, White LF, Roy HK, Palmer JR, Bertrand KA. Circadian Disruption and Colorectal Cancer Incidence in Black Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2023 Jul 05; 32(7):927-935. PMID: 36409509.

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  • Published on 4/5/2023

    Nichols HB, House MG, Yarosh R, Mitra S, Goldberg M, Bertrand KA, Eliassen AH, Giles GG, Jones ME, Milne RL, O'Brien KM, Palmer JR, Sandin S, Willett WC, Yin W, Sandler DP, Swerdlow AJ, Schoemaker MJ. Hypertensive conditions of pregnancy, preterm birth, and premenopausal breast cancer risk: a premenopausal breast cancer collaborative group analysis. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2023 Jun; 199(2):323-334. PMID: 37020102.

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  • Published on 2/10/2023

    Crous-Bou M, Du M, Gunter MJ, Setiawan VW, Schouten LJ, Shu XO, Wentzensen N, Bertrand KA, Cook LS, Friedenreich CM, Gapstur SM, Goodman MT, Ibiebele TI, La Vecchia C, Levi F, Liao LM, Negri E, McCann SE, O'Connell K, Palmer JR, Patel AV, Ponte J, Reynolds P, Sacerdote C, Sinha R, Spurdle AB, Trabert B, van den Brandt PA, Webb PM, Petruzella S, Olson SH, De Vivo I. Coffee consumption and risk of endometrial cancer: a pooled analysis of individual participant data in the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium (E2C2). Am J Clin Nutr. 2022 Nov; 116(5):1219-1228. PMID: 36041172.

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  • Published on 1/24/2023

    Schonberg MA, Wolfson EA, Eliassen AH, Bertrand KA, Shvetsov YB, Rosner BA, Palmer JR, Ngo LH. A model for predicting both breast cancer risk and non-breast cancer death among women?>?55 years old. Breast Cancer Res. 2023 Jan 24; 25(1):8. PMID: 36694222.

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  • Published on 1/6/2023

    Sheehy S, Palmer JR, Cozier Y, Bertrand KA, Rosenberg L. Vitamin D and risk of hypertension among Black women. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2023 Feb; 25(2):168-174. PMID: 36606491.

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