"I feel very passionate about teaching not only patients but also their family members; cancer affects everyone in the family."
At a very young age, Katharine Schulz-Costello, D.O., knew she wanted to be a surgeon, just like her father.
Then, when she was 15 her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“These events together created a lifelong passion and drive to pursue a career in helping women affected by breast cancer,” she says.
A Southern California native, Dr. Schulz-Costello earned her degree at Western University of Health Sciences: College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, followed by a rigorous five-year general surgery residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton where she served as administrative chief resident.
But it was her comprehensive breast cancer surgery fellowship at City of Hope that sealed the deal. “My time at City of Hope was the best year of my entire career.”
Dr. Schulz-Costello is especially interested in helping high-risk patients, such as those with the BRCA1, BRCA2 and other genetic mutations.
2018, American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, General Surgery
2012, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
2008, Bachelor of Science, Biology, California State University San Marcos San Marcos, CA
2017-2018, Breast Surgical Oncology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2016-2017, Chief Resident, General Surgery, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA
2012-2016, General Surgery, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA
2018-present, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Breast Surgery, Department of Surgery, City of Hope, Arcadia and South Pasadena, CA
Awards & Memberships
American Society of Breast Surgeons
Society of Surgical Oncology
American College of Surgeons
American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
Ratings & Reviews
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I have been doing my treatments at CoH for almost a year. I have always felt safe, and protected by all the staff and doctors. There's never been a question which wasn't answered or dealt with quickly. I feel privileged to be in the "arms of love" at City of Hope. - Verified patient
Very knowledgeable and caring doctor!! - Verified patient
All good thanks, very good job - Verified patient
She's a good doctor [...] - Verified patient
I was very impressed with Dr. Schulz-Costello. She was so knowledgeable, warm and friendly. Listened intently and answered questions I had even before I asked them. Very impressed and felt that I was in very good hands with Dr. Costello and her team. Everyone I met helpful and polite and courteous. - Verified patient