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UPMC Children’s Oncologist Elected to Society for Pediatric Research

December 16, 2021

Kelly M. Bailey, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh was elected to the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR).

The Society for Pediatric Research aims to create a network of multidisciplinary researchers to improve child health across all specialties. Dr. Bailey joins Division Chief Linda M. McAllister-Lucas, MD, PhD, who is a previous electee in the SPR, as well as Craig Byersdorfer, MD, PhD, from the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapies.

Dr. Bailey’s research is primarily focused on Ewing sarcoma, a rare and difficult to treat bone malignancy primarily diagnosed in children and adolescents.

Most recently, in April 2021, she was awarded a National Institute’s of Health K08 grant to continue her Ewing sarcoma studies investigating DNA damage repair and the tumor immune response.

Dr. Bailey has published extensively on Ewing sarcoma, and her specialized research has been featured throughout the Pittsburgh area and across the country.  

About Dr. Bailey

Kelly M. Bailey, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Bailey is a physician-scientist in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She specializes in the study of pediatric bone sarcomas, with a specific emphasis on the immune response in pediatric sarcomas, the tumor microenvironment of Ewing sarcoma, and the role of DNA damage in the immunogenicity of Ewing sarcoma.

Dr. Bailey earned her MD/PhD degrees from West Virginia University, followed by residency and fellowship in pediatric hematology/ oncology at the University of Michigan. Other recent notable accomplishments of Dr. Bailey’s is a 2020-2022 Hyundai Hope on Wheels Young Investigator Award, and an Alex’s Lemonade Stand Young Investigator Grant in 2016 for a project on the micro-environmental regulators of Ewing sarcoma metastasis. Dr. Bailey also is one of 10 investigators that comprise the New Agents for Ewing Sarcoma Task Force of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).

Learn more about Dr. Bailey's research.