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R. Kate Kelley


Gastrointestinal oncologist

Dr. R. Kate Kelley is a gastrointestinal oncologist who treats liver cancers such as hepatocellular carcinoma; bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma); gastric cancer; esophageal cancer; anal, colon and rectal cancer; pancreatic cancer; and gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

Kelley's research interests include developing clinical trials to identify new treatments for gastrointestinal malignancies, particularly hepatocellular carcinoma and bile duct cancer.

Kelley graduated from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed a residency at UCLA, where she was chief resident in internal medicine. She also completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at UCSF.

Kelley received the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium Merit Award in 2009 and the ASCO Young Investigator Award in 2010. She co-authored a chapter on digestive tract cancers in the textbook Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment.

  • Education

    UCLA School of Medicine, 2002

  • Residencies

    UCLA Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2005

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Hematology - Oncology, 2009

  • Board Certifications

    Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Hematology, American Board of Internal Medicine

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  • Languages



"There is value in the hope of achieving more than we expect."

Where I see patients (1)

    My work

    Beating bile duct cancer after a second opinion

    Following a failed surgery for cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer, Michael sought a second opinion at UCSF. He was successfully treated by Dr. Kelley and our surgical team.

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    111 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 15, 2023
    Dr. Kelley is excellent in providing information about my condition and proposed treatment.
    Aug 22, 2023
    Would definitely recommend.
    Jul 13, 2023
    Dr. Kelley is excellent!
    Jun 15, 2023
    Doctor was very thorough friendly and easy to understand. Excellent excelent meeting experience.
    Mar 01, 2023
    Dr. Kelley is a superb doctor.
    Feb 11, 2023
    Dr. Kelley was engaged informative compassionate and friendly! Everything I want in a medical provider.
    Jan 31, 2023
    Dr Katie Kelley is one of the best
    Nov 16, 2022
    Dr Robin Katie Kelley is most exceptional and honored to have her as my oncologist.
    Oct 28, 2022
    Dr. Kelley is a great doctor. Very friendly and thorough.
    Sep 08, 2022
    Dr Robin Kate Kelley is exceptional.
    Aug 16, 2022
    Dr. Kelley is the most knowledgeable and caring physician I ever saw.
    Jul 20, 2022
    Dr. Katie Kelley is the most outstanding medical professional who has provided care for me.
    Jun 06, 2022
    Dr Katie Kelley was / is totally thorough.
    May 03, 2022
    Great doctor
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    Percentage of patients whose Best Overall Response (BOR) is assessed as Complete Response (CR) or Partial Response (PR) as assessed by RECIST 1.1


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