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Karen Kelly, M.D. View profile as PDF

Karen  Kelly

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kelly is an internationally recognized lung cancer expert dedicated to providing enhanced cancer care through cutting-edge clinical trials. Dr. Kelly’s lung cancer research spans the spectrum of the disease from prevention to treatment. She has been at the forefront of clinical trials development evaluating drugs to treat lung cancer and novel compounds to prevent lung cancer. She is also involved in developing biomarkers for screening and early detection of lung cancer. Dr. Kelly has authored or co-authored more than 190 publications, including original papers, reviews and book chapters. She frequently lectures on lung cancer topics, nationally and internationally.  Dr. Kelly is a long-standing active member of ASCO, SWOG and the IASLC.


Associate Director for Clinical Research, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jennifer Rene Harmon Tegley and Elizabeth Erica Harmon Endowed Chair in Cancer Clinical Research
Professor of Medicine


Cancer, Hematology/Oncology, Internal Medicine



Hematology and Oncology


UC Davis Cancer Center

Center/Program Affiliation:


UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
2279 45th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-5959
Phone: 800-800--362-5566

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Physician Referrals: 800-362-5566


M.D., University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, 1984
B.S., Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, 1978


University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado, 1985


University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado, 1987


University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado, 1990

Board Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1987
American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, 2013

Professional Memberships:

American Association for Canter Research (AACR)
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)
Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)

Select Honors and Awards:

Sacramento Magazine Top Doctors, 2011

Fellow, Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine? (ELAM) Program for Women, 2012

Fellow, American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO), 2012

Kansas City Business Journal Best Doctors in Kansas City, 2010

Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation for Scholastic Achievement, 1984

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1983

Select Recent Publications:

For a comprehensive list of Dr. Kelly's publications, please click here (opens new window).

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