Dr. Yeo's early research was based on surgical education, training and outcomes. As a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar from 2006-2008, she trained in clinical study design and methodology and obtained a Master's degree in health service research. The research Dr. Yeo began as an RWJ scholar included serving as the principal investigator on the first national prospective cohort study of surgical residents (the NEARS study). Based on that study, she has published extensively in many major journals, including the Annals of Surgery, Archives of Surgery, and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). More recently Dr. Yeo's research has focused on surgical outcomes and quality improvement in Colon and Rectal surgery. While a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering, she worked to understand bowel function in rectal cancer patients who have undergone sphincter preserving surgery and studied ways to improve their quality of life. Dr. Yeo's interest is in improving the quality of care and quality of life of patients suffering from Colon and Rectal cancers.
Recently, Dr. Yeo was awarded two years of grant funding through the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) from New York State. The goal of this research is to utilize predictive modeling to help understand which patients are at risk for complications in order to target these patients and intervene early in their hospital stay. Dr. Yeo is dedicated to finding ways to improve both the cost and quality of patient care and the overall treatment of patients suffering from long term illness, such as cancer.