Karen K. Ballen

Karen K. Ballen, MD

Division:
Hematology/Oncology
Department:
Medicine
Call 434.924.9333
Primary Location:
Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center

1240 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Directions
Phone:
434.924.9333
Expertise
ABMS Certification:
Internal Medicine; Hematology; Oncology
Research Interests:

Novel treatment for acute leukemia, stem cell transplantation, cord blood transplantation, haploidentical transplantation, immunotherapy treatment for hematologic malignancies.

Clinical Practice:
Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (Bone Marrow Transplant), Leukemia
Appointment:

Section Chief, Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation
Director, Stem Cell Transplantation Program

About
Title:
Professor
Biography

Dr. Karen Ballen is a professor of medicine at UVA School of Medicine. She also serves as section chief of hematologic malignancies and stem cell transplants. 

Dr. Ballen received her undergraduate degree in history and literature from Harvard College and her doctorate from Dartmouth Medical School. She completed her medical residency at Beth Israel Hospital and a hematology/oncology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both in Boston, MA. Before joining UVA's faculty in 2017, Dr. Ballen was the director of the Leukemia Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Ballen’s research interests are in novel therapeutic strategies for acute leukemia, including immunotherapy and targeted agents. She is an international expert in stem cell transplants, particularly for patients who have a difficult time finding a donor. Dr. Ballen started one of the first cord blood banks in the Unites States, and she has published over 150 articles on transplants and acute leukemia. She is on the advisory committee of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research and the chair of the cord blood advisory committee for the National Marrow Donor Program. 

In her spare time, Dr. Ballen likes to hike. She and her daughter climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016.

Education
Primary:
Dartmouth Medical School
Residency:
Beth Israel Hospital
Fellowships:
Brigham and Women's Hospital