Kimberly Bertrand, ScD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health

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 a co-Investigator with 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.

Boston University
BU-BMC Cancer Center

Boston University School of Medicine
Slone Epidemiology Center

Boston University
Genome Science Institute

A prediction model to simultaneously estimate personal risk of breast cancer and death from other causes in women aged 55 and older
08/01/2020 - 04/30/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc NIH NCI

Mammographic density and breast cancer risk in African American women
06/16/2017 - 05/31/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute

RiRisk factors for molecular subtypes of NHL - a prospective evaluation
08/01/2016 - 07/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
City of Hope NIH NCI


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  1. Coogan PF, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Cozier YC, Lenzy YM, Bertrand KA. Hair product use and breast cancer incidence in the Black Women's Health Study. Carcinogenesis. 2021 May 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34013957
  2. Hu C, Hart SN, Gnanaolivu R, Huang H, Lee KY, Na J, Gao C, Lilyquist J, Yadav S, Boddicker NJ, Samara R, Klebba J, Ambrosone CB, Anton-Culver H, Auer P, Bandera EV, Bernstein L, Bertrand KA, Burnside ES, Carter BD, Eliassen H, Gapstur SM, Gaudet M, Haiman C, Hodge JM, Hunter DJ, Jacobs EJ, John EM, Kooperberg C, Kurian AW, Le Marchand L, Lindstroem S, Lindstrom T, Ma H, Neuhausen S, Newcomb PA, O'Brien KM, Olson JE, Ong IM, Pal T, Palmer JR, Patel AV, Reid S, Rosenberg L, Sandler DP, Scott C, Tamimi R, Taylor JA, Trentham-Dietz A, Vachon CM, Weinberg C, Yao S, Ziogas A, Weitzel JN, Goldgar DE, Domchek SM, Nathanson KL, Kraft P, Polley EC, Couch FJ. A Population-Based Study of Genes Previously Implicated in Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2021 02 04; 384(5):440-451.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33471974; PMCID: PMC8127622; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2005936;
  3. Kleinstern G, Scott CG, Tamimi RM, Jensen MR, Pankratz VS, Bertrand KA, Norman AD, Visscher DW, Couch FJ, Brandt K, Shepherd J, Wu FF, Chen YY, Cummings SR, Winham S, Kerlikowske K, Vachon CM. Association of mammographic density measures and breast cancer "intrinsic" molecular subtypes. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2021 May; 187(1):215-224. PMID: 33392844
  4. White AJ, Gregoire AM, Niehoff NM, Bertrand KA, Palmer JR, Coogan PF, Bethea TN. Air pollution and breast cancer risk in the Black Women's Health Study. Environ Res. 2021 03; 194:110651.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33387538; PMCID: PMC7946730; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110651;
  5. Palmer JR, Polley EC, Hu C, John EM, Haiman C, Hart SN, Gaudet M, Pal T, Anton-Culver H, Trentham-Dietz A, Bernstein L, Ambrosone CB, Bandera EV, Bertrand KA, Bethea TN, Gao C, Gnanaolivu RD, Huang H, Lee KY, LeMarchand L, Na J, Sandler DP, Shah PD, Yadav S, Yang W, Weitzel JN, Domchek SM, Goldgar DE, Nathanson KL, Kraft P, Yao S, Couch FJ. Contribution of Germline Predisposition Gene Mutations to Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 12 14; 112(12):1213-1221.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32427313; PMCID: PMC7735769; DOI: 10.1093/jnci/djaa040;
  6. Ardisson Korat AV, Chiu YH, Bertrand KA, Zhang S, Epstein MM, Rosner BA, Chiuve S, Campos H, Giovannucci EL, Chavarro JE, Birmann BM. Red blood cell membrane trans fatty acid levels and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a prospective nested case-control study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 12 10; 112(6):1576-1583. PMID: 33022699; PMCID: PMC7727472; DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/nqaa251;
  7. 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 12; 9(1):313-325.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32633194; PMCID: PMC7469507; DOI: 10.1080/21623945.2020.1787582;
  8. Bertrand KA, Bethea TN, Gerlovin H, Coogan PF, Barber L, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Aspirin use and risk of breast cancer in African American women. Breast Cancer Res. 2020 09 04; 22(1):96.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32887656; PMCID: PMC7650295; DOI: 10.1186/s13058-020-01335-1;
  9. Bertrand KA, Castro-Webb N, Cozier YC, Li S, O'Brien KM, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Gestational Diabetes and Risk of Breast Cancer in African American Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 07; 29(7):1509-1511.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32317301; PMCID: PMC7334052; DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-20-0034;
  10. VoPham T, Bertrand KA, Jones RR, Deziel NC, DuPré NC, James P, Liu Y, Vieira VM, Tamimi RM, Hart JE, Ward MH, Laden F. Dioxin exposure and breast cancer risk in a prospective cohort study. Environ Res. 2020 07; 186:109516. PMID: 32305677; PMCID: PMC7363533; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109516;
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Breast Cancer
Health Disparities
Multiple Myeloma

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