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Emily M. Ko, MD, MSCR

Emily M. Ko, MD, MSCR Physician

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Pennsylvania Hospital

Languages spoken:

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish

Dr. Ko is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Emily M. Ko

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's May 2019 Top Docs issue

Clinical Specialties


  • Gynecologic Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Gynecologic Oncology, 2015
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cervical Cancer
  • Cervical Dysplasia
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Gynecologic Surgery
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Ovarian Tumors
  • Urethral Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vaginal Cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Massachusetts
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fellowship: University of North Carolina Hospitals


American College of Surgeons: Fellow Member, National American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Fellow Member, National American Society of Clinical Oncology: Full Member, National Gynecologic Oncology Group, National Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation, Local Society of Gynecologic Oncologists: Full Member, National University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center, Local University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Ko is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Ko E, Funk MJ, Clark L, Brewster W: Did GOG99 and Portec1 Change Clinical Practice in the United States? Gynecol Oncol 129 (1): 12-17,2013.

Wright JD, Havrilesky LJ, Cohn DE, Huang Y, Rathbun J, Rice LW, Brown CL, Alvarez RD, Ko EM: Estimating potential for savings for low risk endometrial cancer using the Endometrial Cancer Alternative Payment Model (ECAP): A companion paper to the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Report on the Endometrial Cancer Alternative Payment Model. Gynecol Oncol 149 (2): 241-247,2018.

Ko EM, Havrilesky LJ, Alvarez RD, Zivanovic O, Boyd LR, Jewell EL, Timmins PF 3rd, Gibb RS, Jhingran A, Cohn DE, Dowdy SC, Powell MA, Chalas E, Huang Y, Rathbun J, Wright JD: Society of Gynecologic Oncology Future of Physician Payment Reform Task Force report: The Endometrial Cancer Alternative Payment Model (ECAP) Gynecol Oncol 149(2): 232-240 : 2018.

Haggerty A, Hagemann A, Barnett M, Thornquist M, Neuhouser M, Horowitz N, Colditz G, Sarwer DB, Ko E, Allison KC: A Randomized Controlled, Multi-Center Study of Technology-Based Weight Loss Interventions Among Endometrial Cancer Survivors. Obesity 25 (Suppl 2) : S102-S108,2017.

Cohn DE, Ko E, Meyer LA, Wright JD, Temkin SM, Foote J, Jones NL, Havrilesky LJ: The "value" of value in gynecologic oncology practice in the United States: Society of Gynecologic Oncology evidence-based review and recommendations. Gynecol Oncol 145 (1): 185-191,2017.

Cory L, Latif N, Brensinger C, Zhang X, Giuntoli RL 2nd, Burger RA, Morgan M, Ko E: Readmission After Gynecologic Surgery: A Comparison of Procedures for Benign and Malignant Indications. Obstet Gynecol 130 (2): 285-295,2017.

Graul A, Latif N, Zhang X, Dean LT, Morgan M, Giuntoli R, Burger R, Kim S, Ko E: Incidence of Venous Thromboembolism by Type of Gynecologic Malignancy and Surgical Modality in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Int J Gynecol Cancer 27 (3): 581-587,2017.

Clark LH, Jackson AL, Gehrig PA, Bae-Jump V, Van Le L, Ko EM: Adjuvant treatment and clinical trials in elderly with endometrial cancer: a time for change? Int J Gynecol Cancer 26(2):282-9 : 2016.

Ko EM, Walter P, Clark L, Jackson A, Franasiak J, Bolac C, Havrilesky L, Secord Angeles A, Moore DT, Gehrig PA, Bae-Jump VL: The complex triad of obesity, diabetes and race in Type I and II endometrial cancers: prevalence and prognostic significance. Gynecol Oncol 133 (1): 28-32,2014.

Ko EM, Stürmer T, Hong JL, Castillo WC, Bae-Jump V, Funk MJ: Metformin and the risk of endometrial cancer: A population-based cohort study. Gynecol Oncol 136(2):341-7 : 2015.

Ko EM, Muto MG, Berkowitz RS, Feltmate CM: Robotic versus open radical hysterectomy: a comparative study at a single institution. Gynecol Oncol 111(3):425-30 : 2008.

Semere LG, Ko E, Johnson NR, Vitonis AF, Phang LJ, Cramer DW, Mutter GL: Endometrial intraepithelial neoplasia clinical correlates and outcomes. Obstet Gynecol 118(1):21-8 : 2011.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Ob/Gyn
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Pennsylvania Hospital
800 Walnut Street, 10th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 829-2345
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)