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    Yolonda L. Colson, MD, PhD

    Yolonda L. Colson, MD, PhD

    Top Doctor

    Director, Women's Lung Cancer Program
    Associate Administrative Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School


    Thoracic Oncology

    Office phone: 617-732-6648
    Appointment phone: 877-332-4294
    Fax: 617-730-2853
    Email: ycolson@partners.org

    Preferred contact method: office phone
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    Surgical Oncology


    Women's lung cancer, Thoracic surgical oncology, Minimally invasive surgery, Immunologic diseases of the chest

    Brigham and Women's Hospital
    75 Francis Street
    Boston, MA 02215


    Dr. Colson is the Associate Administrative Chief and an attending cardiothoracic surgeon within the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Director of the Women’s Lung Cancer Program, and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Her academic training includes a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MD from Mayo Medical School, and a PhD from University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Colson's surgical residency was at University of Pittsburgh before training in cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham and Womens Hospital.


    Board Certification
    Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2002
    Surgery, 1999

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2001
    University of Pittsburgh, Cellular Therapeutics - Research

    University Health Center of Pittsburgh, General Surgery

    Medical School
    Mayo Medical School, 1989

    Recent Awards

    • Above and Beyond Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, US Dept. of Defense, 2009
    • Edward M. Kennedy Award for Healthcare Innovation, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT), 2008
    • First Michelle Kessler Leadership Award in Womens Health, Brigham and Womens Hospital, 2006
    • Maxwell Resident Career-Research Award, 1998-99
    • Special Fellow, Leukemia Society of America, 1997-2000
    • Research Fellowship, American College of Surgeons, 1994-1996