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Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Public Health
Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Attending Surgeon
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Heather Yeo, MD, MHS, is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College and Assistant Attending Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is board-certified in general surgery, colon and rectal surgery and complex general surgical oncology. Dr. Yeo has a Master’s in Health Services Research and is focused on surgical outcomes and quality improvement in Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgery. While a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering, she worked to understand bowel function in rectal cancer patients who have undergone sphincter preserving surgery and studied ways to improve their quality of life.
Dr. Yeo has more recently focused her research on cancer surgery in aging populations, looking at outcomes, predictors of poor outcomes and possible ways to improve them. She is particularly interested in the psychosocial factors that go into surgical decision making and how they influence outcomes in an aging population. In addition she has been working with Cornell Tech to develop mobile apps to track patients in the perioperative period. Dr. Yeo’s clinical research focuses on the whole patient and improving the surgical experience. She has studied patient quality of life and outcome measures and believes incorporating those factors into her treatment decisions is very important.
Dr. Yeo completed her general surgical residency at Yale New Haven Hospital , and her Surgical Oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and her fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has a Masters in Health Service Research from Yale University.
Dr. Yeo is actively involved in many national Surgical and Oncologic Societies, including the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncologists, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Association of Women Surgeons, and Association of Academic Surgery. She is co-chair of the AWS communications committee.
Dr. Yeo became involved with AWS after receiving the 2013 AWS-Ethicon Fellowship Grant. Funding from this grant has helped to move her research forward and opened up many new opportunities.