Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Yvonne Kew, M.D., Ph.D.

Yvonne Kew, M.D., Ph.D.


Yvonne Kew, M.D., Ph.D.

Yvonne Kew, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Member
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute

Neuro-oncologist, Department of Neurosurgery
The Methodist Hospital
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

Phone: 713-534-1300
Fax: 713-790-2906


B.S.   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL (Physiology)
M.D. / Ph.D.   Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Postdoctoral Training

Internal Medicine Internship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Neurology Residency, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX



Dr. Kew is a neuro-oncologist focusing on care of patients with malignant tumors of the central nervous system. Dr. Kew is the recipient of an American Brain Tumor Association Fellowship award.

Description of Research

Dr. Kew’s research interests include treatment of metastatic and primary brain tumors. Her research focuses specifically on the immune system’s recognition of and interaction with cancer cells. One of Dr. Kew’s current studies applies a combination of chemical agents to target the heterogeneous tumor cell population and their neovascular blood supply, and possibly enhance the patient’s immunity. Dr. Kew also collaborates with investigators that have expertise in gene therapy (Helen Heslop, M.D.) and imaging (Stephen Wong, Ph.D., P.E.) on several of her studies.

Major Areas of Research

Metastatic brain tumors, primary brain tumors, immune response

Recent Publications

Kew Y, Levin VA. Advances in gene therapy and immunotherapy for brain tumors. Curr Opin Neurol. 2003 Dec;16(6):665-70. Review.

Rezende LF, Kew Y, Prasad VR. The effect of increased processivity on overall fidelity of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 reverse transcriptase. J Biomed Sci. 2001 Mar-Apr;8(2):197-205.

Kew Y, Olsen LR, Japour AJ, Prasad VR. Insertions into the beta3-beta4 hairpin loop of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase reveal a role for fingers subdomain in processive polymerization. J Biol Chem. 1998 Mar 27;273(13):7529-37.