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

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. Harding JJ, Kelley RK, Tan B, Capanu M, Do GK, Shia J, Chou JF, Ferrer CS, Boussayoud C, Muenkel K, Yarmohammadi H, El Dika I, Khalil DN, Ruiz C, Rodriguez-Lee M, Kuhn P, Wilton J, Iyer R, Abou-Alfa GK. Phase Ib Study of Enzalutamide with or Without Sorafenib in Patients with Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Oncologist. 2020 Jun 16.
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  2. Kelley RK, W Oliver J, Hazra S, Benzaghou F, Yau T, Cheng AL, Rimassa L. Cabozantinib in combination with atezolizumab versus sorafenib in treatment-naive advanced hepatocellular carcinoma: COSMIC-312 Phase III study design. Future Oncol. 2020 Jun 03.
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  3. Kelley RK, Mollon P, Blanc JF, Daniele B, Yau T, Cheng AL, Valcheva V, Marteau F, Guerra I, Abou-Alfa GK. Comparative Efficacy of Cabozantinib and Regorafenib for Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Adv Ther. 2020 Jun; 37(6):2678-2695.
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  4. Kelley RK. Atezolizumab plus Bevacizumab - A Landmark in Liver Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2020 05 14; 382(20):1953-1955.
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  5. Abou-Alfa GK, Macarulla T, Javle MM, Kelley RK, Lubner SJ, Adeva J, Cleary JM, Catenacci DV, Borad MJ, Bridgewater J, Harris WP, Murphy AG, Oh DY, Whisenant J, Lowery MA, Goyal L, Shroff RT, El-Khoueiry AB, Fan B, Wu B, Chamberlain CX, Jiang L, Gliser C, Pandya SS, Valle JW, Zhu AX. Ivosidenib in IDH1-mutant, chemotherapy-refractory cholangiocarcinoma (ClarIDHy): a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 study. Lancet Oncol. 2020 May 13.
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  6. Piha-Paul SA, Oh DY, Ueno M, Malka D, Chung HC, Nagrial A, Kelley RK, Ros W, Italiano A, Nakagawa K, Rugo HS, de Braud F, Varga AI, Hansen A, Wang H, Krishnan S, Norwood KG, Doi T. Efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab for the treatment of advanced biliary cancer: Results from the KEYNOTE-158 and KEYNOTE-028 studies. Int J Cancer. 2020 May 02.
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  7. Huppert LA, Gordan JD, Kelley RK. Checkpoint Inhibitors for the Treatment of Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Clin Liver Dis (Hoboken). 2020 Feb; 15(2):53-58.
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  8. Giannelli G, Santoro A, Kelley RK, Gane E, Paradis V, Cleverly A, Smith C, Estrem ST, Man M, Wang S, Lahn MM, Raymond E, Benhadji KA, Faivre S. Biomarkers and overall survival in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma treated with TGF-ßRI inhibitor galunisertib. PLoS One. 2020; 15(3):e0222259.
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  9. Trosman JR, Douglas MP, Liang SY, Weldon CB, Kurian AW, Kelley RK, Phillips KA. Insights From a Temporal Assessment of Increases in US Private Payer Coverage of Tumor Sequencing From 2015 to 2019. Value Health. 2020 May; 23(5):551-558.
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  10. Kelley RK, Bridgewater J, Gores GJ, Zhu AX. Systemic therapies for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. J Hepatol. 2020 Feb; 72(2):353-363.
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  11. Chen B, Garmire L, Calvisi DF, Chua MS, Kelley RK, Chen X. Harnessing big 'omics' data and AI for drug discovery in hepatocellular carcinoma. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020 04; 17(4):238-251.
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  12. Savoie MB, Paciorek A, Zhang L, Van Blarigan EL, Sommovilla N, Abrams D, Atreya CE, Bergsland EK, Chern H, Kelley RK, Ko A, Laffan A, Sarin A, Varma MG, Venook AP, Van Loon K. Vitamin D Levels in Patients with Colorectal Cancer Before and After Treatment Initiation. J Gastrointest Cancer. 2019 Dec; 50(4):769-779.
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  13. Keenan BP, Fong L, Kelley RK. Immunotherapy in hepatocellular carcinoma: the complex interface between inflammation, fibrosis, and the immune response. J Immunother Cancer. 2019 10 18; 7(1):267.
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  14. Abou-Alfa GK, Shi Q, Knox JJ, Kaubisch A, Niedzwiecki D, Posey J, Tan BR, Kavan P, Goel R, Lammers PE, Bekaii-Saab TS, Tam VC, Rajdev L, Kelley RK, El Dika I, Zemla T, Potaracke RI, Balletti J, El-Khoueiry AB, Harding JH, Suga JM, Schwartz LH, Goldberg RM, Bertagnolli MM, Meyerhardt J, O'Reilly EM, Venook AP. Assessment of Treatment With Sorafenib Plus Doxorubicin vs Sorafenib Alone in Patients With Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Phase 3 CALGB 80802 Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Oncol. 2019 Sep 05.
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  15. Lowery MA, Goff LW, Keenan BP, Jordan E, Wang R, Bocobo AG, Chou JF, O'Reilly EM, Harding JJ, Kemeny N, Capanu M, Griffin AC, McGuire J, Venook AP, Abou-Alfa GK, Kelley RK. Second-line chemotherapy in advanced biliary cancers: A retrospective, multicenter analysis of outcomes. Cancer. 2019 Dec 15; 125(24):4426-4434.
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  16. Boscoe AN, Rolland C, Kelley RK. Frequency and prognostic significance of isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 mutations in cholangiocarcinoma: a systematic literature review. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2019 Aug; 10(4):751-765.
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  17. Kaseb AO, Sánchez NS, Sen S, Kelley RK, Tan B, Bocobo AG, Lim KH, Abdel-Wahab R, Uemura M, Pestana RC, Qiao W, Xiao L, Morris J, Amin HM, Hassan MM, Rashid A, Banks KC, Lanman RB, Talasaz A, Mills-Shaw KR, George B, Haque A, Raghav KPS, Wolff RA, Yao JC, Meric-Bernstam F, Ikeda S, Kurzrock R. Molecular Profiling of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Using Circulating Cell-Free DNA. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 10 15; 25(20):6107-6118.
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  18. Faivre S, Santoro A, Kelley RK, Gane E, Costentin CE, Gueorguieva I, Smith C, Cleverly A, Lahn MM, Raymond E, Benhadji KA, Giannelli G. Novel transforming growth factor beta receptor I kinase inhibitor galunisertib (LY2157299) in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Int. 2019 08; 39(8):1468-1477.
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  19. Kambhampati S, Bauer KE, Bracci PM, Keenan BP, Behr SC, Gordan JD, Kelley RK. Nivolumab in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma and Child-Pugh class B cirrhosis: Safety and clinical outcomes in a retrospective case series. Cancer. 2019 09 15; 125(18):3234-3241.
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  20. Goyal L, Shi L, Liu LY, Fece de la Cruz F, Lennerz JK, Raghavan S, Leschiner I, Elagina L, Siravegna G, Ng RWS, Vu P, Patra KC, Saha SK, Uppot RN, Arellano R, Reyes S, Sagara T, Otsuki S, Nadres B, Shahzade HA, Dey-Guha I, Fetter IJ, Baiev I, Van Seventer EE, Murphy JE, Ferrone CR, Tanabe KK, Deshpande V, Harding JJ, Yaeger R, Kelley RK, Bardelli A, Iafrate AJ, Hahn WC, Benes CH, Ting DT, Hirai H, Getz G, Juric D, Zhu AX, Corcoran RB, Bardeesy N. TAS-120 Overcomes Resistance to ATP-Competitive FGFR Inhibitors in Patients with FGFR2 Fusion-Positive Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma. Cancer Discov. 2019 08; 9(8):1064-1079.
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