Meet Dermatologist Dr. William T. Ko
My name is Dr. William T. Ko. I'm from Columbus, Ohio, originally. I've been in Arizona for 16 years. Initially, I had my education through a six-year BSME program. I went to college at the University of Akron, completed my college education in two years, and went on to the Northeastern Ohio University's College of Medicine, where I completed my MD degree.
I fell in love with dermatology, as a specialty. I love the skin. It was an organ that had a myriad of features, and I fell in love with the people and the pathology involved with it. I love skin care. It enables us to take care of the very young infants all the way to the very elderly. I wanted to make sure that I received the best training possible. I went to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, one of the most renowned hospitals and institutions in the world, where I completed my four years of dermatology training.
The Cleveland Clinic really caught my attention because it's always been rated among the top five hospitals or institutions basically in the entire world. The Cleveland Clinic provides us with a top notch education, exposing us to the greatest amount of pathology, quite frankly, that you really won't see in a very small institution or center. We train with the best of the best. The professors, the doctors that take care of some of the rarest skin conditions in the world are our teachers. We get exposed to the rarest skin conditions. It's a wonderful blessing, particularly in clinical practice today, where we have the ability to take care of those rare diseases, and we very seldom refer out to specialty centers, because of our expertise.
After my residency training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, I started to look at various portions of the country to apply my skills in dermatology. Arizona Dermatology really stuck out because of their family atmosphere. I really fell in love with the people involved with the practice, and I decided that this is the type of place that I want to work in. I want to work in an environment not only where I can apply my expertise, but where the environment is of a family nature, where we're a team, and not as individuals.
Dr. Ko is a graduate of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine where he completed an eminent six year BS/MD program with honors. Dr. Ko graduated college in two years before completing his allopathic medical school training. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha society his junior year in medical school, marking him among the top ten percent of medical students in the United States. Moreover, Dr. Ko received an exclusive honor by being voted in as Vice-President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Zeta chapter of Ohio. He served a 2 year term.
Dr. Ko completed his residency at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation, one of the top hospitals and research facilities in the world. While at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dr. Ko served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. In addition, he has worked and trained among recognized leading experts of dermatological disorders.
Dr. Ko is among the most experienced and well-versed clinical researchers of dermatological disorders in the state of Arizona and is well published in medical literature. He acts as a consultant to numerous pharmaceutical companies and remains on the cutting edge of dermatologic advances. Dr. Ko has participated in clinical trials pertaining to the areas of psoriasis, acne, eczema, infectious disease, skin cancer, and skin aging. William Ko M.D. is considered a key opinion leader in dermatology and has lectured around the country educating his peers in the areas of psoriasis, cutaneous oncology, immunology, and infectious diseases in dermatology.
His training and expertise are comprehensive and include Mohs surgery, cutaneous oncology, medical dermatology, oral medicine, hair transplantation, and skin aging. Dr. Ko was honored by his local peers by being elected President of the Phoenix Dermatological Society from 2008-2010. He serves as the official dermatologist for the Phoenix Sun’s and Phoenix Mercury organizations and is a multiple recipient of Phoenix Magazine’s TOP DOCTOR honor (2004-2014).
Dr. Ko was raised in Columbus, Ohio and maintains the humble and genuine traits instilled during his midwest upbringing. He enjoys sports, reading, personal fitness and time with his family. He joined Arizona Dermatology in 1998 upon the completion of his residency.
Dr. Ko is a member in good standing at Scottsdale North Hospital Healthcare, John C. Lincoln Hospitals, Arrowhead Hospital, Mesa Lutheran Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital, and Maryvale Hospital.
Dr. Ko works at the following locations, specializes in the following services and is active and involved at the local, regional and national level with the following organizations.
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Academy of Dermatology – Board Certified
- Phoenix Dermatological Society – Past President
- American Society for Mohs Surgery – Fellow
- Arizona Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
- American Medical Association
- Clinical Instructor and Preceptor: Midwestern University
- Clinical Instructor and Preceptor: A.T. Still University