Karen Kelly, M.D.

Karen Kelly, M.D.




Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


  • 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


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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

2279 45th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
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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.


Hematology and Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, 1984

B.S., Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, 1978

Internship: 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)

Honors and Awards

Sacramento Magazine Top Doctors, 2011

Fellow, Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine´┐Ż (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).