Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.
Ben A. Reid Sr., M.D. Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery
Dr. McMasters graduated with honors from Colgate University. He completed the M.D./Ph.D.
program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School, with a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Rutgers University.
After completing general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, he performed
a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas-M.D. Anderson Cancer
Center in Houston. In 1996, he joined the faculty of the University of Louisville,
where he now is the Ben A. Reid Sr., M.D. Chairman of the Department of Surgery.
Dr. McMasters is the principal investigator of the Sunbelt Melanoma Trial, a nationwide
study involving over 3500 patients and 79 centers across the United States and Canada.
Dr. McMasters, at the University of Louisville and Norton Hospital, was one of the
first centers in the country to perform radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors.
He is also one of the first in the United States to perform intraoperative MRI (iMRI)-guided
laser and radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors. He has extensive training and
experience with surgical management of all types of liver and biliary tract tumors.
Dr. McMasters directs a multicenter study of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of colorectal
cancer liver metastases with hepatic artery chemotherapy. He also directs a National
Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded laboratory studying gene therapy for cancer, including
Dr. McMasters has served on the American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC) Melanoma
Staging Committee. He also directs the University of Louisville Breast Cancer Sentinel
Lymph Node Study, a 4000+ patient study from centers around the U.S. Dr. McMasters
is first Vice President of the Southeastern Surgical Conference and was recently
named to the UofL Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology,
the Society of University Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Southern
Surgical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Southwestern
Surgical Congress, the American Association for Cancer Research, and numerous other
professional organizations. The Western Surgical Association bestowed upon him the
prestigious J. Bradley Aust Award. He is on the editorial board of Annals of Surgical
Oncology and serves as a reviewer for The Lancet, the American Journal of Surgery,
the Journal of Surgical Research, Cancer, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology,