Chung Yin (Joey) Kong, PhD

Director of Scientific Computing Chung Yin (Joey) Kong
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
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Location: Institute for Technology Assessment
Massachusetts General Hospital
101 Merrimac St., STE 1010
Boston, MA 02114

Dr. Kong received his bachelor's degree in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his doctorate in engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His background has been in developing analytical, simulation and mathematical models of continuous-time and discrete stochastic processes. Intrigued by the present & prospective applications of computer modeling for technology assessment and health outcomes research, he joined the ITA team in August of 2005. Working with other researchers at the ITA, he has contributed to the development of many simulation models for cost-effectiveness analyses. The overarching theme of Dr. Kong's research focuses on developing advanced computational disease simulation models. Dr. Kong is also a member of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) and is an active participant in multiple comparative modeling projects on CISNET's lung and esophagus groups.

His current research interests include: 1) applying advanced engineering optimization techniques to improve the development, calibration, and validation of simulation models, 2) estimating the risks of ionizing radiation exposure and effectiveness of cancer screening with diagnostic imaging examinations, 3) using computer-based model to analyze the effectiveness of lung cancer screening at the population level, and 4) using "multi-scale" modeling techniques to synthesize the available biological and epidemiologic evidence on esophageal adenocarcinoma into a coherent picture and to develop optimized biopsy protocols.


  • Chu, J. N., Choi, J., Tramontano, A., Morse, C., Forcione, D., Nishioka, N. S., Abrams, J. A., Rubenstein, J. H., Kong, C. Y., Inadomi, J. M. & Hur, C. (2017). Surgical vs Endoscopic Management of T1 Esophageal Adenocarcinoma: a Modeling Decision Analysis. Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, . [Online version]
  • Reddy, K. P., Kong, C. Y., Hyle, E. P., Baggett, T. P., Huang, M., Parker, R. A., Paltiel, A. D., Losina, E., Weinstein, M. C., Freedberg, K. A. & Walensky, R. P. (2017). Lung Cancer Mortality Associated With Smoking and Smoking Cessation Among People Living With HIV in the United States. JAMA internal medicine, . [Online version]
  • Tramontano, A., Sheehan, D., Yeh, J., Kong, C. Y., Dowling, E., Rubenstein, J. H., Abrams, J. A., Inadomi, J. M., Schrag, D. & Hur, C. (2017). The Impact of a Prior Diagnosis of Barrett's Esophagus on Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Survival. The American journal of gastroenterology, 112(8), 1256-1264. [Online version]
  • Han, S. S., Haaf, K. T., Hazelton, W. D., Munshi, V., Jeon, J., Erdogan, S. A., Johanson, C., McMahon, P. M., Meza, R., Kong, C. Y., Feuer, E. J., de Koning, H. J. & Plevritis, S. K. (2017). The impact of overdiagnosis on the selection of efficient lung cancer screening strategies. International journal of cancer, 140(11), 2436-2443. [Online version]
  • Lubitz, C. C., Ali, A., Zhan, T. (., Heberle, C., White, C., Ito, Y., Miyauchi, A., Gazelle, G. S., Kong, C. Y. & Hur, C. (2017). The thyroid cancer policy model: A mathematical simulation model of papillary thyroid carcinoma in The U.S. population. PloS one, 12(5), e0177068. [Online version]