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Kara Kelly, MD

Waldemar J. Kaminski Endowed Chair of Pediatrics

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Pediatric Cancer, Hodgkin Lymphoma, pediatric leukemia, Cancer Therapies

Waldemar J. Kaminski Endowed Chair of Pediatrics, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Areas of expertise: pediatric cancers, children’s cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, pediatric leukemia, cancer therapies

Oncologist, Lymphoma (Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma), Blood Disorders, Blood Cancer, Leukemia, Hematology

Dr. Andrew M. Evens is a physician-scientist at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, where he is Associate Director for Clinical Services and Director of the Lymphoma Program. In addition, he is the Medical Director of the Oncology Service Line for the RWJBarnabas Health system. Dr. Evens completed a Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he was also Director of Translational Therapeutics. Prior to his Rutgers Cancer Institute appointment, Dr. Evens served as Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Tufts Medical Center and as Director of the Tufts Cancer Center in Boston, MA.

Dr. Evens is an associate editor for the British Journal of Haematology and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He is a core member of the Hodgkin Lymphoma Working Group for the NIH/NCI Steering Committee and has been a member of several clinical and scientific committees for the NIH, NCI, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the ECOG/ACRIN group.  Dr. Evens is also an elected member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) and he is involved in multiple national and international educational forums and events.

I completed a prior fellowship in hematology/oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chicago, Illinois, where I also remained as a faculty member altogether for 10 years. Most recently, I served as the director of the Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, chief of their division of hematology/oncology, and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

My clinical expertise and research interests are fully dedicated to the field of lymphoma (i.e., Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma). Over the past 15+ years, I have been the principal investigator of more than 80 national and international cancer clinical trials that have included phase I, II, and III studies, many which have been “investigator-initiated” trials studying new and novel targeted agents for the treatment of lymphoid malignancies. In addition to my clinical research, I also manage a translational laboratory studying the biology of lymphoma and to discover new and novel treatments for patients. Collectively, my research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NCI since 2005. This has resulted in 200+ research abstracts at national and international cancer research symposiums, 150+ manuscripts in peer-reviewed publications, and 20+ book chapters all with an emphasis on the biology, prognosis, and treatment of lymphoma.

My involvement in the advancement of cancer research has also included leadership roles in academic journals, symposiums, cancer advocacy groups, and international committees. I was an associate editor for the British Journal of Haematology and on the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and am the inaugural editor in chief for the open access journal, eJHaem. I am a core member of the Hodgkin Lymphoma Working Group for the NIH/NCI Steering Committee and I have been a member of several additional clinical and scientific committees for the NIH, NCI, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the ECOG/ACRIN group. Furthermore, I am Co-Chair of the Lymphoma Committee for the ECOG-ACRIN cancer research group and am honored to be an elected member of the North American Scientific Advisory Board for the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) New Jersey Chapter. Finally, I am involved and help lead a multitude of regional, national, and international educational forums and events.

Positions:
Associate Director for Clinical Services at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Medical Director of the Oncology Service Line, RWJBarnabas Health
Director, Lymphoma Program, Division of Blood Disorders

Clinical Expertise:
Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma (all types), chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and autologous hematopoietic stem cell (or bone marrow) transplantation.

Research Interests:
Lymphoma (Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma)
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other lymphoid malignancies
Clinical trials
Translational studies, including lymphoma biology and drug discovery
Systems biology and biomarker analyses
Lymphoma epidemiology
Health Outcomes, including Pharmacovigilance and Decision Making

I am thrilled to be a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) as the Associate Director for Clinical Services, Medical Director of the Oncology Service Line for RWJBarnabas Health, and Director of the Lymphoma Program. Rutgers Cancer Institute is unique in that it is New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our mission is to deliver integrated cancer care across the health system with access to academic expertise and innovative cancer therapies not available elsewhere in the state.

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