Assistant Professor

Dami Ko, PhD, RN



Postdoc, Vanderbilt University, School of Nursing
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing
MS, Seoul National University, School of Nursing, South Korea
BS, Chonnam National University, School of Nursing, Gwangju, South Korea

Board Certifications

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, RN

Research Interests

Quality of life in solid organ transplant recipients; Liver transplant recipients; Physiological and psychosocial variables that influence quality of life (e.g., physical frailty and cognitive function); Self-management; Intervention development.


Ko, D., Dietrick M., Gifford, K., & Ridner, S. (2021). Subjective Cognition Reported by Caregivers Is Correlated with Objective Cognition in Liver Transplant Recipients. Liver Transplantation. doi: 10.1002/lt.26213.

Ko, D., & Bratzke, L. C. (2020). Cognitive Function in Liver Transplant Recipients Who Survived More Than 6 Months. Progress in Transplantation. 30(4), 335-341.

Ko, D., Myung, E., Moon, T., & Shah, D. (2019). Physical Activity in Persons with Diabetes: Its Relationship with Media Use for Health Information, Socioeconomic Status, and Age. Health Education Research, 34(3), 257-267.

Ko, D., Bratzke, L. C., Muehrer, R.J., & Brown, R. (2019). Self-management in liver transplant recipients. Applied Nursing Research, 45, 30-38.

Ko, D., Muehrer, R. J., & Bratzke, L. C. (2018). A Narrative Review of Self-management in Liver Transplant Recipients. Progress in Transplantation, 28(2), 100-115.

Ko, D., Bratzke, L. C., & Roberts, T. (2018). Self-management assessment in multiple chronic conditions: A narrative review of literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, appli83, 83-90.

Ko, D., Lee, I., & Muehrer, R. J. (2016). Informational needs of liver transplant recipients during a two-year post-transplant period. Chronic Illness, 12(1), 29–40.

Martell, J., Rice, E., Crooks, N., Ko, D., & Muehrer, R. J. (2015). What are patients saying about sex after a kidney or simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant? Progress in Transplantation, 25(3), 251–256.


Principal Investigator. Mentored Award: Physical Frailty Complicated with Cognitive Impairment in Liver Transplant Recipients. TIER 1: Seed Grant/Proof of Concept Program. Northeastern University. 2020-2021. Total award $45,650.

Principal Investigator. Telehealth Services to Solid Organ Transplant Recipients in Response to COVID-19. COVID-19 Crisis Seed Funding. Northeastern University. 2020-2021. Total award $15,000.

Principal Investigator. Socioeconomic Inequities in Health among Urban Liver Transplant Recipients. Advancing Health Equity Pilot Project Awards. Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research. Northeastern University. 2020-2021. Total award $4,960.

Principal Investigator. Associations of objective and subjective cognitive function with symptom experience, healthcare utilization, and work productivity in liver transplant recipients. Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Pilot Funding. Vanderbilt University. 2019. Total award: $2,000.

Principal Investigator. Self-management of Liver Transplant Recipients. 2016 Eckburg Fund Research Award. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2016-2017. Total award $2,800.

Principal Investigator. Self-management of Liver Transplant Recipients. 2016 Research Grant. International Transplant Nurses Society. 2016-2017. Total award $2,424.

Principal Investigator. Self-management of Liver Transplant Recipients. Beta Eta Scholarship Award. Sigma Theta Tau Beta Eta-at-Large Chapter. 2016-2017. Total award $1,000.

Honors and Awards

Faculty Nurse Scientist Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research, Massachusetts General Hospital,  2020 to present.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Annual Allocation. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 2017
Cooper Writing Award University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, 2015
Best Abstract Award International Transplant Nurses Society, Summer Symposium, 2015

Professional and Community Service

  • Member, American Society of Transplantation (AST), 2018 to present
  • Member, International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS), 2015 to present
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), 2015 to present

Contact Information


106F Robinson Hall


[email protected]



Curriculum Vitae