Justin M Ko, MD MBA
Dermatologist, Melanoma specialist, Cutaneous oncology specialist, Hair loss specialist, Psoriasis specialist
His passion for melanoma, early cancer detection, and improving care delivery drives his efforts and research around leveraging advances in machine learning and artifical intelligence to increase the breadth of populations that can be reached. He developed and runs a virtual teledermatology care delivery program at SHC, providing virtual visits for patients and remote consultations for providers within the network. He is currently working on collaborations and interventions that layer advances in deep learning on remote care capabilities to enhance access, quality and value of dermatologic care.
Dr. Ko has also been driven to find new treatments for alopecia areata, an immune-mediated condition that can progress to total hair loss through various clinical trials and translational research efforts. He sits on the clinical research advisory board of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. This work in alopecia areata has also led to his role in helping to form a team centered around clinical research efforts for eczema.
He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and worked in investment banking; mergers and acquisitions at JP Morgan before going on to earn a combined medical and business degree at Tufts University. During medical school, he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Ko then performed his residency at the Harvard Dermatology Residency Training Program where he served as chief resident.
- Board Certification: Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology (2012)
- Chief Resident, Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program (2012)
- Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital (2012) MA
- BA, Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude (2002)
- MD, MBA, Tufts University School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha (2008)
- Co-Chair, Clinic Advisory Council, Stanford Health Care (2018 - Present)
- Director and Chief, Medical Dermatology, Stanford Health Care (2012 - Present)
- Director of Outreach and Teledermatology, Stanford Department of Dermatology (2012 - Present)
- Member, Clinic Advisory Council, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2015 - Present)
- Physician Lead and Co-Chair, Clinic Performance Team 4, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2015 - 2018)
- Physician Leader, Safety, Quality and Performance Improvement, Department of Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine (2017 - Present)
- Service Medical Director, Stanford Health Care (2018 - Present)
Prospective assessment of computer-aided detection in interpretation of screening mammography
Ko, J. M., Nicholas, M. J., Mendel, J. B., & Slanetz, P. J. (2006). Prospective assessment of computer-aided detection in interpretation of screening mammography. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 187(6), 1483–1491.
Induction and exacerbation of psoriasis with TNF-blockade therapy: A review and analysis of 127 cases
Ko, J. M., Gottlieb, A. B., & Kerbleski, J. F. (2009). Induction and exacerbation of psoriasis with TNF-blockade therapy: A review and analysis of 127 cases. JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGICAL TREATMENT, 20(2), 100–108.
Skin and bone: the pathogenetic relationship between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
Ko, J. M., & QURESHI, A. W. (2010). Skin and bone: the pathogenetic relationship between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. GIORNALE ITALIANO DI DERMATOLOGIA E VENEREOLOGIA, 145(3), 393–406.
A new era: melanoma genetics and therapeutics
Ko, J. M., & Fisher, D. E. (2011). A new era: melanoma genetics and therapeutics. JOURNAL OF PATHOLOGY, 223(2), 241–250.
Pathways to Melanoma
Ko, J. M., Velez, N. F., & Tsao, H. (2010). Pathways to Melanoma. SEMINARS IN CUTANEOUS MEDICINE AND SURGERY, 29(4), 210–217.
A Randomized, Prospective Trial Evaluating Surgeon Preference in Selection of Absorbable Suture Material
Lu, L. K., Ko, J. M., Lee, J., Krum, D. M., Price, L. L., Finn, D., … Rogers, G. S. (2012). A Randomized, Prospective Trial Evaluating Surgeon Preference in Selection of Absorbable Suture Material. JOURNAL OF DRUGS IN DERMATOLOGY, 11(2), 196–201.
Paying for Enhanced Service Comparing Patients' Experiences in a Concierge and General Medicine Practice
Ko, J. M., Rodriguez, H. P., Fairchild, D. G., Rodday, A. M. C., & Safran, D. G. (2009). Paying for Enhanced Service Comparing Patients' Experiences in a Concierge and General Medicine Practice. PATIENT-PATIENT CENTERED OUTCOMES RESEARCH, 2(2), 95–103.
Randomized Controlled Trial of Cryotherapy With Liquid Nitrogen vs Topical Salicylic Acid vs Wait-and-See for Cutaneous Warts
Ko, J., & Bigby, M. (2012). Randomized Controlled Trial of Cryotherapy With Liquid Nitrogen vs Topical Salicylic Acid vs Wait-and-See for Cutaneous Warts. ARCHIVES OF DERMATOLOGY, 148(7), 840–842.
Validation of a Skin-Lesion Image-Matching Algorithm Based on Computer Vision Technology
Chen, R. H., Snorrason, M., Enger, S. M., Mostafa, E., Ko, J. M., Aoki, V., & Bowling, J. (2016). Validation of a Skin-Lesion Image-Matching Algorithm Based on Computer Vision Technology. TELEMEDICINE AND E-HEALTH, 22(1), 45–50.
Implementation and evaluation of Stanford Health Care direct-care teledermatology program.
Pathipati, A. S., & Ko, J. M. (2016). Implementation and evaluation of Stanford Health Care direct-care teledermatology program. SAGE Open Medicine, 4, 2050312116659089-?
A case and review of congenital leukonychia.
Pathipati, A. S., Ko, J. M., & Yost, J. M. (2016). A case and review of congenital leukonychia. Dermatology Online Journal, 22(10).
Crowdsourcing dermatology: DataDerm, big data analytics, and machine learning technology.
Park, A. J., Ko, J. M., & Swerlick, R. A. (2017). Crowdsourcing dermatology: DataDerm, big data analytics, and machine learning technology. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
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