Kara Kelly

Kara M. Kelly

Kara M. Kelly MD

UBMD Pediatrics


Clinical Outcomes; Clinical Research; Health Services Research; Immunotherapy; Nutrition; Obesity; Pediatric Hematology-Oncology; Pediatrics

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

Dr. Kara Kelly is the Waldemar J. Kaminski Endowed Chair of Pediatrics and Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Oishei Children’s Hospital and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo where she also is a Professor of Pediatrics. A pediatric oncologist with expertise in the care of children and adolescents with leukemia and lymphoma, Dr. Kelly chaired the Hodgkin lymphoma committee for the Children’s Oncology Group from 2011-2022. In this role, she oversaw the development and conduct of a large portfolio of clinical trials and correlative studies aimed at improving the care of children and adolescents with Hodgkin lymphoma through the integration of novel therapeutic strategies. Dr. Kelly remains active in this area, co-chairing a large phase 3 clinical trial comparing standard chemotherapy with a novel immunotherapy approach for children and adults with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma. Dr. Kelly is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lymphoma Research Foundation where she has focused on improving outcomes in adolescents and young adults with lymphoma. Dr. Kelly’s research interests also extend to pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia where she has been a long standing member of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute ALL Consortium, and leads studies investigating nutrition related factors contributing to treatment toxicity as well as development of interventions to improve adherence to oral chemotherapy.


Clinical Outcomes, Clinical Research, Health Services Research, Immunotherapy, Nutrition, Obesity, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Pediatrics

Patients Treated:

Children, Adolescents

Physician Gender:



UBMD at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm and Carlton Streets
Ground Floor
Buffalo, New York 14263
Phone: (716) 845-4447
Fax: (716) 845-3588
Accepting new patients

Insurance Accepted:
  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Community Blue (HMO)
  • Community Blue Advantage
  • Coventry
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Independent Health Medisource
  • Lifetime Benefit Solutions / RMSCO
  • MVP Healthcare
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Nofault
  • North American Administrators
  • Nova
  • Preferred Care
  • Railroad Medicare
  • TriCare/Champus
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)
  • Veterans Administration
  • WellCare
  • Workers Comp

Board Certifications:

  • Certification, National Board of Medical Examiners

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Pennsylvania (1996)
  • Fellowship, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Hospital for Sick Children (1993)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania (1992)
  • Internship, Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania (1990)
  • MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo, Summa Cum Laude (1989)
  • BA, Human Biology, Brown University (1985)

Awards and Honors:

  • Distinguished Physician Award (2023)
  • Waldemar J. Kaminski Endowed Chair of Pediatrics (2016)
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: James A. Wolff Professorship of Pediatrics (2015)
  • New York Magazine: Top Doctors (2015)
  • National Cancer Institute: National Institute of Health Merit Award (2010)
  • Schneider Children's Hospital: Lefton Lectureship (2010)
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute: 9th Annual Lenny Zakim Lecture - Invited Lectureship (2008)
  • Cincinnati Children‘s Hospital: Pediatric Grand Rounds and Visiting Professor (2005)
  • Babies & Children's Hospital of New York: Teacher of the Year Award (Runner-Up) (1998)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology: Brigid Leventhal Merit Award (1996)
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: Young Investigator Award in Oncology (1995)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (1989)
  • University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Janet Glasgow Citation for Outstanding Women in Medicine (1989)
  • University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Frederick B. Wilkes Award in Pediatrics (1989)
  • University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Morris and Sadie Stein Neuroanatomy Award (1989)
  • James A. Gibson Anatomical Society (1989)
  • Sigma Xi National Science Honor Society (1986)
  • Best Doctors in America (2007-present)
  • Buffalo Spree Magazine: Top Doctors in Western New York (2019-2023)
  • Columbia Doctors: Board Governance - Elected Representative for Medical Specialties (2015-2016)
  • New York Super Doctors (2008-2016)
  • University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Dean's Letter of Commendation (1985-1988)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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