Yolonda Lorig Colson, MD, PhD
Dr. Yolonda L. Colson is a thoracic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. She is director of the Women’s Lung Cancer Program at BWH and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. Her academic training includes a medical degree from Mayo Medical School and a PhD in immunology from the University of Pittsburgh where she also completed a surgery residency. She completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at BWH and a fellowship in cellular therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh.
The recipient of the first Michelle Kessler Leadership Award in Women’s Health from BWH, Dr. Colson is board certified in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery and is a director on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. She has been listed as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and named a top thoracic surgeon by Boston Magazine.
The author of 90+ peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Colson is co-inventor of two awarded patents and has received over 20 grants, including the AATS Alton Ochsner Research Scholarship and grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Her clinical interests are in general thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, minimally invasive surgery, and gender-based differences in care and treatment. Her research is focused on sentinel lymph node mapping and prevention of cancer recurrence through polymer-mediated drug delivery and nanotechnology.