Kari Kendra

Kari Kendra, MD, PhD


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Overall Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.9 out of 5




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.

Education and Background


Rush Presbyterian Hospital

Chicago, IL


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Madison, WI


Medical Oncology

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Madison, United States

Medical Oncology

University of Rochester School of Medicine

Rochester, NY

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Medicine Oncology)

Academic Department

Department of Internal Medicine

Division of Medical Oncology

Consulting and Related Relationships

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 11/21/2019, Dr. Kendra has reported no relationships with companies or entities.


Patient Satisfaction Review

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

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of The James.

Overall Ratings (out of 378 reviews)
4.9 out of 5
Kept you informed about your condition and treatment

4.9/ 5

Amount of time spent with you

4.7/ 5

Concern for your questions and issues

4.9/ 5

Skill and knowledge

4.9/ 5

Overall quality of care

4.9/ 5

Patient Comments (32 total comments)

Reviewed: 11/5/2019

So appreciated the amount of time, spent with me. I did not feel like just another patient to check off a list.

Reviewed: 11/4/2019

Dr. Kendra is the best! She has been my doctor for the last 10-12 years. And has been wonderful. Her treatments have been spot on.

Reviewed: 10/28/2019

I couldn't ask for a better oncologist. Dr. Kendra has been by my side for 15 years!

Reviewed: 10/24/2019

I love Dr. Kendra! she always spends as much time with me as I need, and answers all my questions, even though I know she is very busy, and has many new patients

Reviewed: 10/17/2019

My wife and I are continually thankful for Dr. Kendra's exceptional level of training, experience & education, as well as for her friendly, attentive & caring focus on the concerns & questions we might have. She stays present with us every minute. I appreciate her SO much.

Reviewed: 10/14/2019

Best dr. ever.

Reviewed: 9/30/2019

Dr. Kendra is outstanding! She is so very knowledgeable and caring.

Reviewed: 9/10/2019

Dr. Kendra & staff are wonderful!!

Reviewed: 8/31/2019

Dr. Kendra does not rush through our visit and makes sure she answers all my questions and concerns.

Reviewed: 8/27/2019

excellent information and explanation for concerns.

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