Kelly Jeanne Lafaro, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Assistant Professor of Surgery


Bile Duct Cancer, Bile Duct Repair, Biliary Tract Surgery, Cholangiocarcinoma, Colorectal Metastases to the Liver, Distal Pancreatectomy, Gallbladder Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancers, General Surgery, Hepatic Surgery, Hepatobiliary Malignancies, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Klatskin Tumors, Laparoscopic Adrenal Surgery, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic Liver Surgery, Laparoscopic Pancreas Surgery, Liver Cancer, Liver Cysts, Liver Tumors, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Neuroendocrine Tumors, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cysts, Pancreatic Diseases, Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreatic Tumors, Pancreaticoduodenectomy, Retroperitoneal Sarcomas, Robotic Bilary Surgery, Robotic Liver Surgery, Robotic Pancreas Surgery, Small Bowel Cancer, Stomach Tumors, Surgical Oncology, Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL), Whipple Procedure more

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Kelly Lafaro, MD, MPH, is a general surgeon with a specialty in gastrointestinal surgical oncology and hepatobiliary surgery. She is part of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. 

Dr. Lafaro earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her residency at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Her fellowship in complex general surgical oncology was completed at City of Hope National Medical Center. 

Dr. Lafaro’s expertise includes pancreatic adenocarcinoma, neuroendocrine tumors, minimally invasive pancreatic and liver surgeries, and colorectal liver metastases. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Lafaro is published in the field of liver and pancreatic cancer. She is interested in the improvement of surgical and post-surgical outcomes. more


  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology

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  • MD; Tulane University School of Medicine (2010)


  • General Surgery; New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (2017)
  • General Surgery; University of California at Irvine School of Medicine (2013)


  • City of Hope National Medical Center (2019)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (General Surgery) (2017)
  • American Board of Surgery (Surgical Oncology) (2020)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Lafaro KJ and Melstrom LG. The paradoxical web of pancreatic cancer tumor microenvironment. Am J Pathol, 2019 Jan; 189(1):44-57. [RA]

Kotha NV, Baumgartner JM, Veerapong J, Cloyd JM, Ahmed A, Grotz TE, Leiting JL, Fournier K, Lee AJ, Dineen SP, Dessureault S, Clarke C, Mogal H, Zaidi MY, Russell MC, Patel SH, Sussman JJ, Dhar V, Lambert LA, Hendrix RJ, Abbott DE, Pokrzywa C, Lafaro K, Lee B, Greer JB, Fackche N, Lowy AM, Kelly KJ. Primary Tumor Sidedness is Predictive of Survival in Colon Cancer Patient Treated with Cytoreductive Surgery with or without Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy: A US HIPEC Collaborative Study. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 Jul;26(7):2234-2240.

Gamboa AC, Zaidi MY, Lee RM, Speegle S, Switchenko JM, Lipscomb J, Cloyd JM, Ahmed A, Grotz T, Leiting J, Fournier K, Lee AJ, Dineen S, Powers BD, Lowy AM, Kotha NV, Clarke C, Gamblin TC, Patel SH, Lee TC, Lambert L, Hendrix RJ, Abbott DE, Vande Walle K, Lafaro K, Lee B, Johnston FM, Greer J, Russell MC, Staley CA, Maithel SK. Optimal Surveillance Frequency After CRS/HIPEC for Appendiceal and Colorectal Neoplasms: A Multi-institutional Analysis of the US HIPEC Collaborative. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 Jun 26.

Lafaro KJ, Eng O, Raoof M, Ituarte P, Warner S, Sing G, Fong Y, Melstrom L. A Prognostic Nomogram for Patients with Resected Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Accepted. HBSN 2019. [OR] 

Blakely A, Lafaro K, Li D, Kessler J, Chang S, Ituarte P, Lee B, Singh G. Lymphovascular Invasion Predicts Lymph Node Involvement in Small Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors. Neuroendocrinology. 2019 Aug 9

Konstantinidis IT, Raoof M, Zheleva V, Lafaro K, Lau C, Fong Y, Lee B. Multivisceral robotic liver surgery: feasible and safe. J Robot Surg. 2019 Sep 6

Activities & Honors


  • Appendix Cancer/Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Research Foundation (ACPMP) International Travel Scholarship, 2018
  • Chief Administrative Fellow, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery, City of Hope National Medical Center, 2018
  • Surgical Oncology Top Doctor, 2022 Baltimore Top Doctor

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