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

Determinants of the racial/ethnic disparity in MGUS risk: An epidemiologic study in 4 cohorts
09/20/2021 - 08/31/2026 (Subcontract PI)
University of California, Irvine NIH NCI

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

Mammographic density and breast cancer risk in African American women
06/16/2017 - 02/28/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute

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


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  1. Gao G, Zhao F, Ahearn TU, Lunetta KL, Troester MA, Du Z, Ogundiran TO, Ojengbede O, Blot W, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM, Nemesure B, Hennis A, Ambs S, McClellan J, Nie M, Bertrand K, Zirpoli G, Yao S, Olshan AF, Bensen JT, Bandera EV, Nyante S, Conti DV, Press MF, Ingles SA, John EM, Bernstein L, Hu JJ, Deming-Halverson SL, Chanock SJ, Ziegler RG, Rodriguez-Gil JL, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Sandler DP, Taylor JA, Kitahara CM, O'Brien KM, Bolla MK, Dennis J, Dunning AM, Easton DF, Michailidou K, Pharoah PDP, Wang Q, Figueroa J, Biritwum R, Adjei E, Wiafe S, Ambrosone CB, Zheng W, Olopade OI, García-Closas M, Palmer JR, Haiman CA, Huo D. Polygenic Risk Scores for Prediction of Breast Cancer Risk in Women of African Ancestry: a Cross-Ancestry Approach. Hum Mol Genet. 2022 May 12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35554533
  2. Bigham Z, Robles Y, Freund KM, Palmer JR, Bertrand KA. Hypertensive diseases of pregnancy and risk of breast cancer in the Black Women's Health Study. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2022 Apr 28.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35478297
  3. Teras LR, Bertrand KA, Deubler EL, Chao CR, Lacey JV, Patel AV, Rosner BA, Shu YH, Wang K, Zhong C, Wang SS, Birmann BM. Body size and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by subtype: A pooled analysis from six prospective cohorts in the United States. Br J Haematol. 2022 Mar 29. PMID: 35348212
  4. Gathirua-Mwangi WG, Palmer JR, Champion V, Castro-Webb N, Stokes AC, Adams-Campbell L, Marley AR, Forman MR, Rosenberg L, Bertrand KA. Maximum and Time-Dependent Body Mass Index and Breast Cancer Incidence Among Postmenopausal Women in the Black Women's Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Mar 24; 191(4):646-654.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35020804; PMCID: PMC9077111; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwac004;
  5. 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. 2022 Jan 06; 50(6):1936-1947.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34999884; PMCID: PMC8743115; DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyab165;
  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. 2022 01 06; 50(6):1936-1947.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34458915; PMCID: PMC8743115; DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyab165;
  7. Kim SE, Bachorik AE, Bertrand KA, Gunn CM. Differences in Breast Cancer Screening Practices by Diabetes Status and Race/Ethnicity in the United States. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2021 Dec 17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34935471
  8. 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
  9. 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 11 22; 23(1):108.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34809694; PMCID: PMC8609879; DOI: 10.1186/s13058-021-01483-y;
  10. 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. 2022 03; 204(Pt D):112386. PMID: 34800530; PMCID: PMC8671236; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.112386;
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Breast Cancer
Health Disparities
Multiple Myeloma

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