Kelly R. Hume, DVM, DACVIM

Department of Clinical Sciences

Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Associate Professor, Section of Oncology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Department of Clinical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road, Box 31
Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 607. 253-3516
Fax: 607.253.3055

Research/Clinical Interest

I am a veterinary medical oncologist with a special interest in molecular oncology and a long-term career goal of establishing an independent research program in cancer genetics. My research has focused on determining roles for the essential DNA damage checkpoint protein Hus1 in tumor suppression and physiological DNA damage responses. I have also worked collaboratively with the Webb Laboratory in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics to develop multiphoton microscopy as a diagnostic tool for lung cancer.  Ultimately, I want to determine how the genetics of a given tumor can be used to best manipulate therapeutic combinations. I want to evaluate how targeting different signaling pathways within neoplastic cells, including DNA damage response pathways, can be combined with traditional cytotoxic therapies in order to increase the responsiveness of solid tumors. I aim to interact with scientists at all levels of cancer biology, so that clinicians are able to make better use of molecular data as they evaluate treatment strategies and benchtop scientists gain a better understanding of the clinical scenarios driving their questions. In addition to my research goals, I want to continue training undergraduate students, graduate students, and oncology residents in the principles and practice of both clinical and molecular oncology.

Education and Training

  • 2008-2010     Cornell University, Department of Biomedical Sciences Clinical Fellow
  • 2005-2008     North Carolina State University, Residency in Medical Oncology
  • 2004-2005     University of Georgia, Specialty Internship in Oncology
  • 2003-2004     University of Georgia, Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • 1999-2003     Auburn University, DVM Cum Laude
  • 1995-1999     University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS with Highest Distinction, International Agriculture and Natural Resources (major-Animal Sciences)


Dr. Hume received her DVM, Cum Laude, in 2003 from Auburn University and received her Board Certification in Veterinary Internal Medicine, Specialty of Oncology, in 2008. She completed her three-year residency at North Carolina State University prior to receiving one of the first Cornell Clinical Fellows awards made in 2008.

Dr. Hume’s long term goals are to interact with clinician and basic scientists at all levels of cancer biology, recognizing the need to marry the two vital tracks. Mentoring and teaching undergraduate students, graduate students, and oncology residents in both clinical and molecular oncology is one of Dr. Hume’s overarching career goals.


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Awards and Honors

  • 2013     Class of 2003 Young Achiever Award, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2009     Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Selected Participant, Clinician Scientist Training Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2008     Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), Specialty of Oncology

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • Alpha Chapter of Phi Zeta, National Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Cornell University Comparative Cancer Biology Training Program
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • New York State Veterinary Medical Society
  • Veterinary Cancer Society
  • Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group
  • Weill Cornell Medicine, Meyer Cancer Center (Solid tumors group)