Pictured: Karen Autio

Karen A. Autio, MD, MSc

Medical Oncologist

Clinical Expertise

Prostate Cancer; New Investigational Agents, including Immunotherapy

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Memorial Sloan Kettering has locations throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. These locations offers many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.

About Me


MD, Stony Brook University Medical School; MSc, University of Virginia Department of Public Health Sciences


University of Virginia Hospital


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine

I am a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of prostate cancer. I’m fortunate to be a member of both the Immunotherapeutics Service and the Genitourinary Service because advances in one field can often help in another.

On the Immunotherapy Service, I evaluate novel immunotherapies for phase I clinical trials and treat patients throughout MSK with different types of metastatic cancer who are participating in these studies. My research also focuses on immunologic strategies for the treatment of metastatic disease. I’ve seen some of the wonderful successes that immunotherapy has achieved in cancers such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer, and I strive to find the right immunotherapy for prostate cancer patients who may benefit from this approach.

For this reason, we offer men with metastatic prostate cancer and those at high risk for disease recurrence access to trials. Our clinical trials for prostate cancer include those that test new agents, imaging techniques, and therapies that target pathways we believe are important in prostate cancer. Some patients perceive clinical trials as a last resort, but this is often not the case. I want to be certain that my patients know all their options, whether it is standard-of-care treatments or a cutting-edge clinical trial.  

On the Genitourinary Service, I’m part of a dedicated team that includes radiation oncologists and surgeons. My colleagues and I take an individual approach to each person’s care. In my clinical practice, I treat men with recurrent and metastatic prostate cancer as well as provide consultation to men with localized disease who are trying to decide upon the most appropriate treatment option for them — for example, choosing between surgery, active surveillance, and radiation therapy.

I chose to work in oncology because I wanted to care for people at a critical time in their lives. I love working at MSK because I believe we’re all here for the right reasons: We feel privileged to care for patients; we’re committed to science, research, and innovation; and we’re proud to offer patients access to the latest and most effective treatments available.

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Recipient, Clinical Investigator Track (funded master’s in clinical research during medical residency)
  • American Society of Hematology Trainee Award
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award


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Clinical Trials

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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.

Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Autio’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.