Kira Bona, MD MPHAttending Pediatric Oncologist

Kira Bona, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an Attending Pediatric Oncologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Dr. Bona received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, her Doctor of Medicine from the Yale University School of Medicine, and her Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed her pediatrics residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center and her subspecialty fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Bona is a physician-scientist with a research program focused on poverty-associated disparities in relapse and survival for children with cancer treated on clinical trials in the US. Her work to date has demonstrated associations between poverty and inferior outcomes across the continuum of pediatric cancer care. Her current research leverages the existing national, multi-center clinical trial model of research and care delivery led by large cooperative groups to investigate socio-behavioral and translational mechanisms linking poverty and cancer outcomes. Dr. Bona’s research includes the first pediatric cancer clinical trial-embedded investigations of poverty-exposures and outcomes in both the Dana-Farber ALL Consortium (DFCI 16-001) and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG AALL1731 and ANBL1531). She is concurrently conducting a feasibility study of a novel poverty-targeted intervention, PediCARE, for pediatric cancer. Her work aims to improve childhood cancer outcomes by systematically addressing poverty-associated disparities.

Poverty and Outcome Disparities in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: New Targets for Intervention (VGS)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts