Kelly Bolton, MD, PhD

Kelly Bolton, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Division of Oncology
Mail Stop 8007-29-10200
Washington University
660 South Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

Room 10705, 10th Floor Mid Campus Center (office)

Research Interests
  • Cancer genetics
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic susceptibility to cancer
  • Clonal hematopoiesis

Dr. Bolton a physician-scientist with a background in medical oncology and genetic epidemiology. The focus of her research is regarding the interplay between inherited genetic variation, environmental factors, and acquired mutations in shaping the earliest stages of carcinogenesis.



  • 2013-2004: MD, Medical Science Training Program, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011-2008: PhD, Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • 2008-2007: MPhil, Epidemiology, First class honors, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • 2004-2000: BA, Biology and Society, Summa cum laude, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Post-Graduate Training

  • 2018-2015: Medical Oncology Fellow, Internal Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 2015-2013: Internship, Residency, Internal Medicine, Weil Cornell Medical College-NYP, New York, New York

Academic Positions & Employment

  • present-2020: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, MO
  • 2020-2018: Instructor, Leukemia Division, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • 2009-2008: Teaching Assistant, Department of Public Health, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

Honors & Awards

  • 2019: Evans MDS Young Investigator Award
  • 2019: Leukemia, Lymphoma Society Fellows Award
  • 2017: ASH Research Training Program Fellowship
  • 2013: Marilyn Bersch Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship
  • 2011: American Society of Human Genetics Trainee Research Semifinalist
  • 2010: AACR-GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Clinical Scholar Award
  • 2008: Nick Day Prize for Best MPhil Student in Epidemiology
  • 2006: Research Scholars Award, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • 2005: Claude Lardinois Award, Western Student Medical Research Forum

Professional Societies & Organizations

  • 2008: President, Cambridge University Public Health and Epidemiology Society
  • 2007: Vice President, Cambridge University Public Health and Epidemiology Society