Memorial Sloan Kettering medical oncologist Ciara Kelly

Ciara Kelly, MBBCh BAO

Medical Oncologist

Clinical Expertise

Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas; Merkel Cell Carcinoma

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About Me


MBBCh BAO, University College Dublin


Internal medicine – The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland


Medical Oncology – The Royal College of Physicians Ireland; Medical Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine (Ireland); Medical Oncology (Ireland & Europe)

I am a medical oncologist who has expertise in treating and researching bone and soft tissue sarcomas and merkel cell carcinoma. I work very closely with our team of medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, nurses, and patient support advocates. We provide our patients with the best care and treatment options for their unique disease and circumstances.

My research aims to develop new and more personalized therapies to treat sarcomas. I am actively involved in developing and designing clinical trials that will look at novel agents that target molecular changes within tumors. I am also studying innovative combination immunotherapy options that will harness a person’s own immune defenses to fight their cancer.

I have a particular interest in advancing our understanding of gastrointestinal stromal tumors and other sarcomas at the molecular level. I am using liquid biopsies to analyze tumor DNA in the blood and tumor biopsies to uncover a biomarker that will ultimately help us match the best treatment option with each individual person’s tumor.

When someone is diagnosed with a rare cancer like a sarcoma, they may think there are limited treatment options. At MSK, the rare is not uncommon. We have an entire team of experts who are solely focused on diagnosing and treating sarcomas. We are constantly looking for newer and better ways to care for our patients.

Awards and Honors

  • Irish Society of Medical Oncology Scholarship Award (2014)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award (2017)
  • ASCO Young Investigator Award (2017)


Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering work as teams, with specialists from all different areas. This allows us to consider all your needs together, and to give you the best possible care.

Clinical Trials

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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.

Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Kelly’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.