Kathryn Ko, M.D., MFA

Medical School:  University of Hawaii, class of 1983

Specialty:  Neurosurgery

Career Highlights:

  • Neurosurgeon and Artist (See NY Times article http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/12/nyregion/a-surgeon-as-comfortable-with-a-paintbrush-as-she-is-with-a-scalpel.html?_r=0)
  • Chief of Neurosurgery at numerous Level One trauma centers in NYC
  • Author of "The Survival Bible for Women in Medicine"
  • Movie producer, "Back Walking Forward"

Service with AMWA:  Curator, StudioAMWA

Quote:  My medium is Neurosurgery.


Dr. Ko, a self taught ambidexter, completed neurosurgery training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City and earned a MFA from the Academy of Art University. During residency she also launched her complementary career in art by using the pulsed ruby laser to create medical holograms of the human brain in collaboration with Holographics, Inc. Ko regards art as a necessary continuation of her surgical practice. The operating theater is her studio; the treatment of the subject begins with the scalpel and ends with the brush.

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