Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.


B.A., Biology, Colgate University, 1983
Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology, Rutgers University, 1988
M.D., UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson (formerly Rutgers) Medical School, 1989
Residency, Surgery, University of Louisville, 1989-1994
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery, 1995-present
Fellowship, Surgical Oncology, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1994-1996
American College of Surgeons, 1999

Curriculum Vitae

Current Positions

Ben A. Reid, Sr., M.D. Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, University of Louisville
Director, Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic
Associate Director, J. Graham Brown Cancer Center

Clinical Focus and Research:

Dr. McMasters’ clinical areas of interest are melanoma, breast cancer, sarcoma, hepatobiliary tumors, and pancreatic and gastric cancers.  In his role as the Director of the Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic, he works with Drs. Miller, Chesney and Silverman to identify the most effective combination of therapeutic modalities including surgery, immunotherapies, targeted therapies and radiation for stage 1-4 melanoma patients.

For the past 16 years, Dr. McMasters has directed a basic and translational science laboratory studying adenovirus-mediated cancer gene therapy and melanoma biomarkers, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the Melanoma Research Foundation, and other agencies. He is the author and Principal Investigator (PI) of the Sunbelt Melanoma Trial, a multi-institutional study involving 3500 patients from 79 institutions across North America.   He has also been principal investigator of or co-investigator in over 30 clinical trials. Dr. McMasters has presented his research to numerous national and international organizations and is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Surgical Association, the Southern Surgical Association, the Western Surgical Association, the International Surgical Group, the Halsted Society, and the Surgical Biology Club.  He is the Melanoma Section Editor of Annals of Surgical Oncology.  He has authored nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications and recently published a book entitled Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Targeted Therapy.

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