I am a medical oncologist focusing on skin cancers and an associate professor of internal medicine. I also serve as chair of the Melanoma Disease Specific Committee. I’m the attending physician for in-patient and outpatient solid tumor services at the OSUCCC – James. I was rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation in 2016 and 2017 for patient satisfaction.
My clinical and research focus is treating patients with melanoma, the deadliest of all skin cancers, and other related skin cancers. Everyone’s cancer is unique so our approach is to look at the individual patient and the mutations within their tumors. We then decide which is the best therapy for the optimal long-term benefit.
We’ve made tremendous strides in treating the disease. Tumors can become resistant to the drugs we have so there are studies on how to prevent the development of this resistance. And we have studies on how to overcome the resistance in a patient who has already had taken the drug successfully but now has become resistant. Patients with Stage 4-melanoma typically had a six- to nine-month survival rate after diagnosis. Now with new drugs and trials, we’ve extended that.
I feel privileged to be part of entire The Ohio State University medical community, and I’m especially proud to contribute to the overall mission of The James: to provide cutting-edge research and superior personalized care to each and every one of our patients.
At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the university requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their university responsibilities. As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Kendra has reported no relationships with companies or entities.
The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the five questions gathered from the Outpatient Oncology survey, developed by Press Ganey Associates for use in oncology clinics across the country. On behalf of The James, Press Ganey administers the survey to patients who see our providers in an outpatient clinic office. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page
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4.8 out of 5
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Patient Comments (7 total comments)
My doctor took all the time I needed to explain CT scan results so that I understood fully what they said & also the lab work was clearly explained.
I love her, she is great!
Dr. Kendra is the best.
Dr. Kendra ALWAYS gives me as much time as needed.
Love Dr. Kendra!
If there was a 10 I would give it to Dr. Kendra and her staff. She never rushes, always answers concerns and question in a gentle realistic fashion. I trust and feel very safe in her care. Mine is a complicated case.