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Dicken Ko - Consulate General of Canada (CTA Boston). Boston, MA, US

Dicken Ko

Chief Medical Officer, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center | Professor of Urology, Tufts Univ. School of Medicine| Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School | Consulate General of Canada (CTA Boston)


Chief Medical Officer on the front line of the hospital preparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic.



Dr. Ko is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School for 22 years. He was Director of Regional Urology for MGH, overseeing affiliates sites, integrating clinical practices, sharing academic and community practices, developing lean practice programs and exploring regional growth opportunities. Before joining the Department of Urology full-time, Dr. Ko worked at MGH as a multi-organ transplant surgeon in the Departments of Surgery and Pediatric Surgery where he was Surgical Director of the Renal Transplant Program. In 2015, Dr. Ko was awarded the inaugural W. Scott McDougal Prize for Teaching and Mentoring in the Department of Urology.

Dr. Ko was instrumental in identifying, coordinating, and facilitating new developments for areas of unmet needs in urology. He co-led the team that performed the first successful genitourinary vascularized composite allograft (penile) transplant in the USA. His groundbreaking innovation has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, CNN, and over many media outlets worldwide.

Dr. Ko has served on national committees and boards including the UNOS kidney and pancreas committee and on Harvard Medical School committees as well as the American Board of Urology where he is an examiner. His scholarly activities focus on tolerance models of transplantation, urologic outcomes research, and economics of transplantation. Dr. Ko has over 75 publications in peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Urology, Transplantation, and American Journal of Transplantation. He was the 28th President of the Urological Society for Transplantation and Renal Surgery.

Industry Expertise (1)


Areas of Expertise (5)

Public Health




Transplant Surgery

Education (5)

Harvard Medical School: Fellowship, Transplant Surgery 1997

University of British Columbia: Residency, Urology Residency Program 1995

University of Toronto: Internship, General Surgery Residency Program 1991

Queen's University: M.D., Medicine 1990

Professor's Prize in Surgery

University of British Columbia: B.Sc., Physiology and Biology 1986





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Doctors Perform First Penile Transplant In US | NBC News The Quint: Man Gets A Penis From The First Organ Transplant in US MGH surgeons perform 1st penis transplant in U.S.


Accomplishments (1)

First Penile Transplantation in the USA

Doctors Dicken Ko and Curtis Cetrulo announce that they have performed the nation's first penile transplant.

Selected Media Appearances (5)

Surgeons Transplant a Testicle From One Brother to His Twin

New York Times  online


The surgery was intended to give the recipient more stable levels of the male hormone testosterone than injections could provide, to make his genitals more natural and more comfortable, and to enable him to father children, said Dr. Dicken Ko, a transplant surgeon and urology professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, who flew to Belgrade to help with the procedure.

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Men place too much importance on their manhood and not enough on health, experts say

Global News  online


It’s this belief in physical infallibility and focus on the sexual organ that has led to a 30-year lapse in the progression of men’s health awareness versus that of women’s health, says Dr. Dicken Ko, director of regional urology at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

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Doctors Perform First Penile Transplant in US

NBC  online


Doctors Dicken Ko and Curtis Cetrulo announce that they have performed the nation's first penile transplant.

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7 Things To Know About The Nation's First Penis Transplant

90.9 wbur  online


The goals of this operation, according to Dr. Dicken Ko, who co-led the surgical team, were threefold: to reconstruct natural-appearing genitalia, to allow the patient to urinate normally and, hopefully, to help him regain sexual functioning.

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Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US

Business Insider  online


Dr. Dicken Ko, who directs the hospital's urology program, said Manning has been shown post-operation photos but hasn't actually seen his new penis, since it is still bandaged. A big test, Ko said, will be when reconnected nerves start to take hold, bringing feeling back to the organ.

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