The University of Kansas Cancer Center has named Karen Kelly as the center's deputy director.
Kelly recently worked as director of the Clinical Thoracic Oncology Program and professor of medical oncology at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
Kelly, an expert in lung cancer, also will hold the title of professor, Frank B. Tyler Chair in Cancer Research.
"We are indeed fortunate to attract an internationally recognized clinical oncologist like Dr. Kelly to help us build our program and achieve NCI designation," Barbara Atkinson, executive vice chancellor of the Medical Center and executive dean of the School of Medicine, said in a prepared statement.
A native of Derby, Kelly received her medical degree from KU and went on to complete her residency and fellowship at CU's Health Sciences Center.
Kelly plans to develop a comprehensive lung cancer program as well as a wide-ranging cancer clinical and research program overall, according to KU. She hopes to expand patient involvement in clinical trials so area residents have access to leading-edge drugs to treat their cancer.
"As a Kansas native, I not only have an inherent understanding of the people the University of Kansas Medical Center serves, I also have a strong desire to contribute to improving the health and quality of life of my fellow Kansans," she said.