Jessica Kassay-McAllister, RN, MSN, is a board-certified adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner who cares for adult cancer patients at UVA Cancer Center. She has a special interest in cellular therapy, stem cell transplant and T-cell research, including the recent use of CAR T-cell therapy, which reprograms the body’s own T-cells to fight cancers.
Born in Smithtown, New York, Kassay-McAllister moved to Virginia as a teen. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg and completed a Master of Science in Nursing at UVA.
Kassay-McAllister is the vice president of Mason’s Toy Box, a local nonprofit she and her sister founded in honor of her nephew, which offsets the burden of those affected by childhood illness and delivers toys to children who are hospitalized during the holidays. Married with four children and two grandchildren, she enjoys spending time with family outdoors, being active and reading on the beach in her free time.
- University of Virginia, 2018