University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
R. Kate (Katie) Kelley, MD

R. Kate (Katie) Kelley, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics | Cancer Immunology

Research Summary

My research focuses on the early development of new treatments and biomarkers in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and cancers of the biliary tract. I currently am the Study Chair for two multicenter investigator-initiated clinical trials and serve as the site PI for seven industry-sponsored clinical trials of novel therapeutic agents or combinations in advanced hepatobiliary cancer patients. I have leadership roles as a member of the Steering Committee for a large, multinational randomized phase III trial and as a member of Safety Review Team for a multicenter phase I trial. Based upon our clinical expertise and patient population, we have consistently achieved high accrual to these studies and have a robust pipeline of new clinical trials in development.

As a foundation for future translational and epidemiology research in this complex and biologically heterogeneous family of cancers, I initiated the UCSF Hepatobiliary Tissue Bank and Registry (HBTBR, CC#124512) in 2012 with philanthropic funding. This bank and registry collects fresh and archival tumor tissue samples as well as blood samples along with longitudinal clinical data from patients with hepatobiliary cancers who receive cancer care at UCSF. This bank has enrolled over 200 cases since late 2012 and has already contributed samples and/or data to multiple projects, including: the NCI/NHGRI The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) liver and cholangiocarcinoma cohorts; patient-derived xenografting and cell line development in the Bardeesy Lab at Harvard Medical School; a pilot project of next-generation tumor sequencing in advanced HCC archival samples from patients treated with sorafenib; two large consortium genome-wide association studies led by MD Anderson Cancer Center (PI: Hassan, R01CA186566) and the Mayo Clinic (PI: Lewis Roberts); and two multicenter, retrospective analyses of clinical outcomes in cholangiocarcinoma patients according to molecular subtype, in collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center and Sheba University, Israel.

Education

Harvard College, Boston, MA, B.A., 1993-97, Biochemistry
UCLA, M.D., 1998-2002, Medicine
UCLA, Intern, 2002-03, Medicine
UCLA, Resident, 2003-05, Medicine
UCLA, Chief Resident, 2005-06, Medicine
UCSF, Fellow, 2006-09, Hematology/Oncology


Professional Experience

  • 2005-2006
    University of California, Los Angeles, Clinical Instructor, Medicine
  • 2010-2016
    University of California, San Francisco, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
  • 2010-2012
    San Francisco Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Staff Physician
  • 2016-present
    University of California, San Francisco, Health Sciences Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 1993-1997
    Harvard College Scholarship, Harvard College
  • 1993-1997
    Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Merit Award, Harvard College
  • 1997-1998
    Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, Costa Rica
  • 2001
    Alpha Omega Alpha, UCLA School of Medicine
  • 2001
    Merck Book Award, UCLA School of Medicine
  • 2001
    Janet M. Glascow Memorial Achievement Citation, American Medical Women's Association
  • 2004, 2006
    Solomon Scholars Resident Research Day Award, UCLA Department of Medicine
  • 2006
    Medical Student Teaching Award, UCLA Department of Medicine
  • 2009
    ASCO Cancer Foundation Merit Award, Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium
  • 2010
    ASCO Young Investigator Award

Selected Publications

  1. Golan T, Raitses-Gurevich M, Kelley RK, Bocobo AG, Borgida A, Shroff RT, Holter S, Gallinger S, Ahn DH, Aderka D, Apurva J, Bekaii-Saab T, Friedman E, Javle M. Overall Survival and Clinical Characteristics of BRCA-Associated Cholangiocarcinoma: A Multicenter Retrospective Study. Oncologist. 2017 May 09.
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  2. Benson AB, D'Angelica MI, Abbott DE, Abrams TA, Alberts SR, Saenz DA, Are C, Brown DB, Chang DT, Covey AM, Hawkins W, Iyer R, Jacob R, Karachristos A, Kelley RK, Kim R, Palta M, Park JO, Sahai V, Schefter T, Schmidt C, Sicklick JK, Singh G, Sohal D, Stein S, Tian GG, Vauthey JN, Venook AP, Zhu AX, Hoffmann KG, Darlow S. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Hepatobiliary Cancers, Version 1.2017. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 May; 15(5):563-573.
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  3. Lewin SM, Mehta N, Kelley RK, Roberts JP, Yao FY, Brandman D. Liver Transplant (LT) recipients with Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) Have Lower Risk Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC). Liver Transpl. 2017 Mar 24.
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  4. Kelley RK, Verslype C, Cohn AL, Yang TS, Su WC, Burris H, Braiteh F, Vogelzang N, Spira A, Foster P, Lee Y, Van Cutsem E. Cabozantinib in hepatocellular carcinoma: results of a phase 2 placebo-controlled randomized discontinuation study. Ann Oncol. 2017 Mar 01; 28(3):528-534.
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  5. Trosman JR, Weldon CB, Douglas MP, Kurian AW, Kelley RK, Deverka PA, Phillips KA. Payer Coverage for Hereditary Cancer Panels: Barriers, Opportunities, and Implications for the Precision Medicine Initiative. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Feb; 15(2):219-228.
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  6. Fidelman N, Kerlan RK, Hawkins RA, Pampaloni M, Taylor AG, Kohi MP, Kolli KP, Atreya CE, Bergsland EK, Kelley RK, Ko AH, Korn WM, Van Loon K, McWhirter RM, Luan J, Johanson C, Venook AP. Radioembolization with 90Y glass microspheres for the treatment of unresectable metastatic liver disease from chemotherapy-refractory gastrointestinal cancers: final report of a prospective pilot study. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2016 Dec; 7(6):860-874.
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  7. Abou-Alfa GK, Andersen JB, Chapman W, Choti M, Forbes SJ, Gores GJ, Hong TS, Harding JJ, Vander Heiden MG, Javle M, Kelley RK, Kwong LN, Lowery M, Merrell A, Miyabe K, Rhim A, Saha S, Sia D, Tanasanvimon S, Venook A, Valle JW, Walesky C, Whetstine J, Willenbring H, Zhu AX, Mayer D, Stanger BZ. Advances in cholangiocarcinoma research: report from the third Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Annual Conference. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2016 Dec; 7(6):819-827.
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  8. Javle M, Bekaii-Saab T, Jain A, Wang Y, Kelley RK, Wang K, Kang HC, Catenacci D, Ali S, Krishnan S, Ahn D, Bocobo AG, Zuo M, Kaseb A, Miller V, Stephens PJ, Meric-Bernstam F, Shroff R, Ross J. Biliary cancer: Utility of next-generation sequencing for clinical management. Cancer. 2016 Dec 15; 122(24):3838-3847.
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  9. Strosberg JR, Cives M, Hwang J, Weber T, Nickerson M, Atreya CE, Venook A, Kelley RK, Valone T, Morse B, Coppola D, Bergsland EK. A phase II study of axitinib in advanced neuroendocrine tumors. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2016 May; 23(5):411-8.
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  10. Chien AJ, Cockerill A, Fancourt C, Schmidt E, Moasser MM, Rugo HS, Melisko ME, Ko AH, Kelley RK, Korn WM, Esserman LJ, Van't Veer L, Yau C, Wolf DM, Munster PN. A phase 1b study of the Akt-inhibitor MK-2206 in combination with weekly paclitaxel and trastuzumab in patients with advanced HER2-amplified solid tumor malignancies. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Feb; 155(3):521-30.
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  11. Papadopoulos KP, Kelley RK, Tolcher AW, Razak AR, Van Loon K, Patnaik A, Bedard PL, Alfaro AA, Beeram M, Adriaens L, Brownstein CM, Lowy I, Kostic A, Trail PA, Gao B, DiCioccio AT, Siu LL. A Phase I First-in-Human Study of Nesvacumab (REGN910), a Fully Human Anti-Angiopoietin-2 (Ang2) Monoclonal Antibody, in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors. Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Mar 15; 22(6):1348-55.
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  12. Kelley RK. Adjuvant sorafenib for liver cancer: wrong stage, wrong dose. Lancet Oncol. 2015 Oct; 16(13):1279-81.
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  13. Ko AH, Bekaii-Saab T, Van Ziffle J, Mirzoeva OM, Joseph NM, Talasaz A, Kuhn P, Tempero MA, Collisson EA, Kelley RK, Venook AP, Dito E, Ong A, Ziyeh S, Courtin R, Linetskaya R, Tahiri S, Korn WM. A Multicenter, Open-Label Phase II Clinical Trial of Combined MEK plus EGFR Inhibition for Chemotherapy-Refractory Advanced Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Jan 1; 22(1):61-8.
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  14. Morris GJ, Covey AM, D'Angelica M, Chang DT, Yen Y, Kelley RK, Greenberg H, Tsioulias G. A 46-Year-Old Asian Woman With Liver Mass. Semin Oncol. 2015 Oct; 42(5):e67-76.
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  15. Kelley RK, Bardeesy N. Biliary Tract Cancers: Finding Better Ways to Lump and Split. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Aug 20; 33(24):2588-90.
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  16. Bendell JC, Kelley RK, Shih KC, Grabowsky JA, Bergsland E, Jones S, Martin T, Infante JR, Mischel PS, Matsutani T, Xu S, Wong L, Liu Y, Wu X, Mortensen DS, Chopra R, Hege K, Munster PN. A phase I dose-escalation study to assess safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary efficacy of the dual mTORC1/mTORC2 kinase inhibitor CC-223 in patients with advanced solid tumors or multiple myeloma. Cancer. 2015 Oct 1; 121(19):3481-90.
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  17. Zill OA, Greene C, Sebisanovic D, Siew LM, Leng J, Vu M, Hendifar AE, Wang Z, Atreya CE, Kelley RK, Van Loon K, Ko AH, Tempero MA, Bivona TG, Munster PN, Talasaz A, Collisson EA. Cell-Free DNA Next-Generation Sequencing in Pancreatobiliary Carcinomas. Cancer Discov. 2015 Oct; 5(10):1040-8.
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  18. Parks AL, McWhirter RM, Evason K, Kelley RK. Cases of spontaneous tumor regression in hepatobiliary cancers: implications for immunotherapy? J Gastrointest Cancer. 2015 Jun; 46(2):161-5.
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  19. Kelley RK, Magbanua MJ, Butler TM, Collisson EA, Hwang J, Sidiropoulos N, Evason K, McWhirter RM, Hameed B, Wayne EM, Yao FY, Venook AP, Park JW. Circulating tumor cells in hepatocellular carcinoma: a pilot study of detection, enumeration, and next-generation sequencing in cases and controls. BMC Cancer. 2015; 15:206.
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  20. Trosman JR, Weldon CB, Kelley RK, Phillips KA. Challenges of coverage policy development for next-generation tumor sequencing panels: experts and payers weigh in. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2015 Mar; 13(3):311-8.
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