Kara Kelly, MD

Professor of Oncology
Chair, Department of Pediatric Oncology
Waldemar J. Kaminski Endowed Chair of Pediatrics
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor of Pediatrics
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
Program Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Service Line
John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

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Areas of Expertise: 
Hodgkin lymphoma in children and adolescents
Pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Langerhans cell histiocytosis

Biography

My name is Dr. Kara Kelly, and I’m a pediatric oncologist and the Chair of Pediatric Oncology at Roswell Park Oishei Children’s Hospital. I specialize in leukemia and lymphoma in children and adolescents, with a specific focus on acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and Hodgkin lymphoma.

As a recognized national and international leader in the field of pediatric cancer, my skills as a clinician, professor and clinical investigator have helped solidify the joint pediatric hematology/oncology program at Roswell Park Oishei Children’s. Under my leadership, the Children’s Hospital has expanded and now includes:

  • A pediatric experimental therapeutics program
  • Next-generation cancer mutation sequencing
  • Integrative medicine for patients and their families

I have chaired the NCI-supported Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Hodgkin lymphoma committee since 2011 and led two national clinical trials for high-risk Hodgkin lymphoma through the COG. I currently serve as a member of both the Scientific Advisory Board and the Adolescent and Young Adult Initiative Committee of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. For fifteen years, I was the Columbia University Medical Center site principal investigator for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Consortium, where I oversaw 9 trials for the management of ALL and its complications.

Along with my roles as an active clinician and dedicated researcher, I also hold the following professional roles:

  • Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Waldemar J. Kaminski Endowed Chair of Pediatrics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at UBMD Pediatrics
  • Division Chief of Department of Pediatrics in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
  • Professor of Pediatrics at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
     

I earned my medical degree from Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. I completed my residency in pediatrics at University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA, and completed dual fellowships in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, United Kingdom.

I am board certified in both general pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology by the American Board of Pediatrics. Along with Elena J. Ladas, MS, RD, I co-authored Integrative Strategies for Cancer Patients: A Practical Resource for Managing the Side Effects of Cancer Therapy, which is a reference book on integrative therapies during cancer treatment. I’m also a member of the American Society of Hematology and the Children’s Oncology Group.

A few of my recent honors and awards include:

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: James A. Wolff Professorship of Pediatrics
  • New York Magazine: Top Doctor
  • National Cancer Institute: National Institute of Health Merit Award
  • Schneider Children’s Hospital: Lefton Lectureship
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute: 9th Annual Lenny Zakim Lecture – Invited Lectureship

Prior to joining Roswell Park in 2016, I was on the faculty of the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York, NY. I’ve been in practice as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist for 21 years. In addition to providing ongoing care to my pediatric leukemia and lymphoma patients, I am also available for second opinions. 

Background

Education and Training: 
1989 - MD - State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY
Residency: 
1992 - Department of Pediatrics – The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship: 
1996 - Pediatric Hematology/Oncology - The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1993 - Pediatric Hematology/Oncology – Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, UK
Board Certification: 
2015, 1998 - American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
2000, 1993 - American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
Professional Memberships: 
2015-present - Lymphoma Research Foundation, Scientific Advisory Board
2009-present - American Society of Hematology
1997-present - Children's Oncology Group
Honors and Awards: 
2015 - James A. Wolff Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
2015 - New York Magazine Top Doctors
2010 - National Institute of Health Merit Award, National Cancer Institute, For Service to the PDQ Complementary and Alternative Medicine Editorial Board
2008-2015 - New York Super Doctors
2007-2015 - Best Doctors in America® Database
Professional Experience: 
1996-2016 - Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York, NY