By Erica Chester
Dr. Yvette Ho, an orthopaedic oncologist, has joined the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group as a member of the fully integrated cancer team. Dr. Ho brings an abundance of expertise to this specialty, and is the first orthopaedic oncologist to join Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States.
Orthopaedic oncology deals with tumors that originate in or spread to the bones or other parts of the musculoskeletal system (muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissue). Dr. Ho will work with both adult and pediatric members. She will provide musculoskeletal oncology surgical services for the entire Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic region.
The growth we have achieved as a region means we take care of enough members to justify hiring our own subspecialized physicians to treat less common conditions. Dr. Ho is a perfect example of this, as was the recent addition of our first thoracic surgeon, Dr. Nyen Chong, and the creation or expansion of several other subspecialties in the past few years. With Dr. Ho on board, Kaiser Permanente can provide better, more coordinated care to our members instead of having to refer them out to see disconnected providers in the community.
The training required to become an oncologist — and later to become a subspecialist in orthopaedic oncology — is extensive. We are pleased that physicians of Dr. Ho’s caliber want to join Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group and that our members needing orthopaedic oncology services will be afforded access to such expertise and integration of care.
Dr. Ho will focus on orthopaedic oncology but will also practice general aspects of orthopaedics. Her main outpatient clinical office will be at the Kaiser Permanente Largo Medical Center, and she will perform most surgeries at Suburban Hospital (adult cases) and Children’s National (pediatric cases).
Dr. Ho received a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University; her master’s degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, and her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed post-graduate training at Maimonides Medical Center in New York, and her specialized oncology fellowship training at the University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.