Kira Bona, MD, MPH
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Kira Bona, MD, MPH

Attending Physician Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


Kira Bona, MD, MPH, is a Pediatric Oncologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bona is a physician-scientist who provides cares for children with leukemia and lymphoma and investigates outcome disparities in childhood cancer.


Dr. Bona’s research program is focused on improving childhood cancer outcomes by systematically considering poverty as a risk factor for poor outcomes in the clinical trial setting. Her work to date has demonstrated an association between poverty outcomes across the continuum of care including in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and neuroblastoma treated on upfront clinical trials, as well as in children undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplant for malignancy and those receiving palliative care for malignant disease. Her current research includes the first prospective investigation of poverty and childhood cancer outcomes embedded in a multicenter therapeutic clinical trial for pediatric ALL (DFCI 16-001) funded by a Mentored Career Development Award (NCI K07) from the National Institutes of Health. She is concurrently conducting a pilot feasibility study of a poverty-targeted intervention in pediatric cancer, PediCARE, funded by the Charles H. Hood Foundation and the Family Reach Foundation. Finally, funded by an NCI DF/HCC Cancer Center Support Grant pilot project initiative, she is conducting a collaborative effort to identify candidate poverty-associated epigenetic enhancers in children with B-cell acute leukemia.


Dr. Bona has been the recipient of several past awards and honors including a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a St. Baldrick’s Fellow grant from St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and a Junior Faculty Career Development Award from the National Palliative Care Research 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.