Wilson Ko, M.D.
Dr. Ko graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in Biochemistry, followed by a medical degree from Chicago Medical School. He completed five years postgraduate training in general surgery at New York Hospital - Cornell University Medical College.
He published 32 peer reviewed scientific papers. Dr. Ko joined Cornell faculty of the department of cardiothoracic surgery at New York Hospital - Cornell University Medical Center. He founded a new Cornell satellite heart surgery program at New York Hospital of Queens where he served as the director (1999-06).
He specializes in caring for Chinese Americans in New York and brought down cultural barriers by bringing non- English speaking Chinese patients to NY Hospital. His colleague quoted: "It is wonderful that you have opened up this world class service at Cornell to all those who would not have had the opportunity to receive it."
In 2006, he was professor and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the State University of New York - Downstate University Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he is currently forming a multidisciplinary team with aims for a center of excellence. Dr. Ko was a visiting professor in the First Municipal Hospital of Guangzhou, China where he gave lectures and performed surgeries.
He is the president of the Chinese American Medical Society (CAMS) with over one thousand physician members and has served on CAMS board of directors for eight years in varied roles (treasurer, vice-president and president). Dr. Ko works with Charles B. Wang Chinatown Health Clinic and Chinese American Independent Physician Association to formulate community based research projects on data on ethnic differences in common medical illnesses among Chinese Americans.
Dr. Ko has been consistently listed in the Castle Connolly Guide to New York Metro Area Top Doctors, and New York Magazine Best Doctors list and was awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2008.