Date:October 24, 2012

Kala Kamdar, MD

Kala Kamdar, M.D.Associate Director, Clinical Division (Outpatient)
Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers

Co-Director, Lymphoma Program
Texas Children’s Cancer Center

Associate Director, Pediatric Lymphoma-Histiocytosis Fellowship Program

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Section of Hematology-Oncology
Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Kala Kamdar
Texas Children’s Cancer Center
6701 Fannin Street, Suite 1510.17
Houston, TX 77030

Fax: 832-825-4732

About Kala Kamdar, MD

Dr. Kamdar is a member of the Leukemia Program, the Lymphoma Program, the Long-Term Survivor Program, and the Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Center.


Dr. Kala Kamdar’s principal research interest is in the prevention of long-term complications of childhood cancer therapies. Due to the need for cancer therapies at a young age, adult survivors of childhood cancer face unique long-term health problems, including neurocognitive impairment and learning difficulties.

Using a molecular epidemiology approach, Dr. Kamdar’s current research is focused on genetic susceptibility to neuropsychological impairment after acute lymphoblastic leukemia therapy.

Specifically, she is investigating the role of genetic polymorphisms in the folate pathway and the xenobiotic detoxification pathway on the development of neurocognitive impairment after exposure to methotrexate chemotherapy, a folate analog. Ultimately, identification of children at risk for long-term toxicities may lead to modification of treatment regimens or other interventions to minimize these long-term toxicities.

Her research interests include: 1) the long-term complications of childhood cancer therapy, 2) molecular epidemiology, 3) genetic susceptibility to neuropsychological impairment, 4) exposure to methotrexate chemotherapy, and 5) the risk for long-term toxicities.


MD, University of Louisville
Residency, University Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Fellowship, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology
American Board of Internal Medicine