Dr. Ko is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Chobanian and Avedisian 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.
- 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 9/1/2023
Chung SH, de Geus SWL, Shewmaker G, Romatoski KS, Drake FT, Ko NY, Merrill AL, Hirsch AE, Tseng JF, Sachs TE, Cassidy MR. ASO Visual Abstract: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection is Associated with Improved Survival for Men with Invasive Breast Cancer and Sentinel Node Metastasis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2023 Sep; 30(9):5621-5622. PMID: 37202569.
- Published on 9/1/2023
Ko NY, Fikre TG, Buck AK, Restrepo E, Warner ET. Breast cancer survivorship experiences among Black women. Cancer. 2023 Sep; 129(S19):3087-3101. PMID: 37691522.
- Published on 7/28/2023
Fefferman A, Beaulieu-Jones BR, Shewmaker G, Zhang T, Sachs T, Merrill A, Ko NY, Cassidy MR. Association of Race, Ethnicity, Insurance, and Language and Rate of Breast-Conserving Therapy Among Women With Nonmetastatic Breast Cancer at an Urban, Safety-Net Hospital. J Surg Res. 2023 Nov; 291:403-413. PMID: 37517348.
- Published on 5/19/2023
Chung SH, de Geus SWL, Shewmaker G, Romatoski KS, Drake FT, Ko NY, Merrill AL, Hirsch AE, Tseng JF, Sachs TE, Cassidy MR. Axillary Lymph Node Dissection is Associated with Improved Survival Among Men with Invasive Breast Cancer and Sentinel Node Metastasis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2023 Sep; 30(9):5610-5618. PMID: 37204557.
- Published on 5/13/2023
Odai-Afotey A, Lederman RI, Ko NY, Gagnon H, Fikre T, Gundersen DA, Revette AC, Hershman DL, Crew KD, Keating NL, Freedman RA. Breast cancer treatment receipt and the role of financial stress, health literacy, and numeracy among diverse breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2023 Jul; 200(1):127-137. PMID: 37178432.
- Published on 2/24/2023
Beaulieu-Jones BR, Shewmaker G, Fefferman A, Kenzik K, Zhang T, Drake FT, Sachs TE, Hirsch AE, Merrill A, Ko NY, Cassidy MR. Mitigating disparities in breast cancer treatment at an academic safety-net hospital. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2023 Apr; 198(3):597-606. PMID: 36826701.
- Published on 12/16/2022
Beaulieu-Jones BR, Fefferman A, Woods AP, Shewmaker G, Zhang T, Roh DS, Sachs TE, Merrill A, Ko NY, Cassidy MR. Impact of Race, Ethnicity, Primary Language, and Insurance on Reconstruction after Mastectomy for Patients with Breast Cancer at an Urban, Academic Safety-Net Hospital. J Am Coll Surg. 2023 Jun 01; 236(6):1071-1082. PMID: 36524735.
- Published on 12/8/2022
Patel JV, Hughes DM, Ko NY. OPTIMAL Breast Cancer Care: Effect of an Outpatient Pharmacy Team to Improve Management and Adherence to Oral Cancer Treatment. JCO Oncol Pract. 2023 Mar; 19(3):e306-e314. PMID: 36480784.
- Published on 10/11/2022
Freedman RA, Ko NY, Lederman RI, Gagnon H, Fikre T, Gundersen DA, Revette AC, Odai-Afotey A, Kantor O, Hershman DL, Crew KD, Keating NL. Breast cancer knowledge and understanding treatment rationales among diverse breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2022 Dec; 196(3):623-633. PMID: 36220997.
- Published on 10/1/2022
Choi JJ, Fikre T, Fischman A, Buck AK, Ko NY. The Role of Race and Insurance Status in Access to Genetic Counseling and Testing Among High-Risk Breast Cancer Patients. Oncologist. 2022 Oct 01; 27(10):832-838. PMID: 36124631.
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