Kimberly Bertrand, ScD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Slone Epidemiology Center

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

Socio-environmental context in monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) disparities
06/01/2021 - 05/31/2026 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Comprehensive molecular characterization of endometrial cancer, etiologic heterogeneity, and racial disparities
02/05/2021 - 01/31/2026 (Subcontract PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. NIH NCI

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

RiRisk factors for molecular subtypes of NHL - a prospective evaluation
08/01/2016 - 07/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
City of Hope NIH NCI

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


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  1. Kantor O, Wang ML, Bertrand K, Pierce L, Freedman RA, Chavez-MacGregor M, King TA, Mittendorf EA. ASO Visual Abstract: Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes within the AJCC Pathologic Prognostic Staging System. Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Dec; 28(Suppl 3):585-586.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34368929
  2. Barber LE, Zirpoli GR, Cozier YC, Rosenberg L, Petrick JL, Bertrand KA, Palmer JR. Neighborhood disadvantage and individual-level life stressors in relation to breast cancer incidence in US Black women. Breast Cancer Res. 2021 Nov 22; 23(1):108.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34809694; PMCID: PMC8609879; DOI: 10.1186/s13058-021-01483-y;
  3. VoPham T, Bertrand KA, Fisher JA, Ward MH, Laden F, Jones RR. Emissions of dioxins and dioxin-like compounds and incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States. Environ Res. 2021 Nov 17; 112386. PMID: 34800530
  4. Palmer JR, Zirpoli G, Bertrand KA, Battaglia T, Bernstein L, Ambrosone CB, Bandera EV, Troester MA, Rosenberg L, Pfeiffer RM, Trinquart L. A Validated Risk Prediction Model for Breast Cancer in US Black Women. J Clin Oncol. 2021 Dec 01; 39(34):3866-3877.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34623926
  5. Barber LE, Bertrand KA, Petrick JL, Gerlovin H, White LF, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L, Roy HK, Palmer JR. Predicted Vitamin D Status and Colorectal Cancer Incidence in the Black Women's Health Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Oct 07.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34620630
  6. Bertrand KA, O'Brien KM, Wright LB, Palmer JR, Blot WJ, Eliassen AH, Rosenberg L, Sandin S, Tobias D, Weiderpass E, Zheng W, Swerdlow AJ, Schoemaker MJ, Nichols HB, Sandler DP. Gestational diabetes and risk of breast cancer before age 55 years. Int J Epidemiol. 2021 Aug 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34458915
  7. Kantor O, Wang ML, Bertrand K, Pierce L, Freedman RA, Chavez-MacGregor M, King TA, Mittendorf EA. Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes within the AJCC Pathologic Prognostic Staging System. Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Jul 30.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34331158
  8. Boddicker NJ, Hu C, Weitzel JN, Kraft P, Nathanson KL, Goldgar DE, Na J, Huang H, Gnanaolivu RD, Larson N, Yussuf A, Yao S, Vachon CM, Trentham-Dietz A, Teras L, Taylor JA, Scott CE, Sandler DP, Pesaran T, Patel AV, Palmer JR, Ong IM, Olson JE, O'Brien K, Neuhausen S, Martinez E, Ma H, Lindstrom S, Le Marchand L, Kooperberg C, Karam R, Hunter DJ, Hodge JM, Haiman C, Gaudet MM, Gao C, LaDuca H, Lacey JV, Dolinsky JS, Chao E, Carter BD, Burnside ES, Bertrand KA, Bernstein L, Auer PW, Ambrosone C, Yadav S, Hart SN, Polley EC, Domchek SM, Couch FJ. Risk of Late-Onset Breast Cancer in Genetically Predisposed Women. J Clin Oncol. 2021 Nov 01; 39(31):3430-3440.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34292776; PMCID: PMC8547938; DOI: 10.1200/JCO.21.00531;
  9. Strohsnitter WC, Hyer M, Bertrand KA, Cheville AL, Palmer JR, Hatch EE, Aagaard KM, Titus L, Romero IL, Huo D, Hoover RN, Troisi R. Prenatal Diethylstilbestrol Exposure and Cancer Risk in Males. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Oct; 30(10):1826-1833.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34272263; PMCID: PMC8492497; DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-21-0234;
  10. 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 07 16; 42(7):924-930.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34013957; PMCID: PMC8496025; DOI: 10.1093/carcin/bgab041;
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Breast Cancer
Health Disparities
Multiple Myeloma

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