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Karen C. Burns, MD, MS

  • Co-Director, Comprehensive Fertility Care and Preservation Program
  • Co-Clinical Director, Cancer Survivorship Center
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


BA: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1995.

MD: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1999.

Residency: Pediatrics, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, 2002.

MS: Medical College of Wisconsin, 2005.

Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, 2005.

Services and Specialties

Cancer and Blood Diseases, Leukemia, Fertility Preservation, Cardio-Oncology

Research Areas

Oncology, Cancer and Blood Diseases

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Cardiac dysfunction in medulloblastoma survivors treated with photon irradiation. Cacciotti, C; Chordas, C; Valentino, K; Allen, R; Lenzen, A; Burns, K; Nagarajan, R; Manley, P; Pillay-Smiley, N. 2022; 9:338-343.

Fertility preservation in children and young adults with cancer. Brungardt, JG; Burns, KC; Dasgupta, R. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2022; 34:48-52.

Long-term follow-up of surgical outcomes for patients with Wilms tumor and neuroblastoma. Cooke-Barber, J; Scorletti, F; Rymeski, B; Eshelman-Kent, D; Nagarajan, R; Burns, K; Jenkins, T; Dasgupta, R. Cancer. 2021; 127:3232-3238.

Treatment of posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder with poor prognostic features in children and young adults: Short-course EPOCH regimens are safe and effective. Rubinstein, JD; Shah, R; Breese, EH; Burns, KC; Mangino, JL; Norris, RE; Lee, L; Mizukawa, B; O'Brien, MM; Phillips, CL; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2021; 68:e29126.

Long-Term Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Outcomes After Acute Myeloid Leukemia: A Childhood Cancer Survivor Study Report. Stefanski, KJ; Anixt, JS; Goodman, P; Bowers, K; Leisenring, W; Scott Baker, K; Burns, K; Howell, R; Davies, S; Robison, LL; et al. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2021; 113:481-495.

A View from the past into our collective future: the oncofertility consortium vision statement. Woodruff, TK; Ataman-Millhouse, L; Acharya, KS; Almeida-Santos, T; Anazodo, A; Anderson, RA; Appiah, L; Bader, J; Becktell, K; Brannigan, RE; et al. Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. 2021; 38:3-15.

Standardizing Risk Assessment for Treatment-Related Gonadal Insufficiency and Infertility in Childhood Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer: The Pediatric Initiative Network Risk Stratification System. Meacham, LR; Burns, K; Orwig, KE; Levine, J. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. 2020; 9:662-666.

Methylation profiling of hypomethylating agent response and treatment failure in pediatric and young adult MDS/AML. Jones, LM; O'Brien, MM; Breese, EH; Absalon, M; Burns, KC; Grimley, M; Mizukawa, B; Lee, LH; Perentesis, JP; Phillips, CL. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2020; 38:e22502.

EBV-directed viral-specific T-lymphocyte therapy for the treatment of EBV-driven lymphoma in two patients with primary immunodeficiency and DNA repair defects. Rubinstein, JD; Burns, K; Absalon, M; Lutzko, C; Leemhuis, T; Chandra, S; Hanley, PJ; Keller, MD; Davies, SM; Nelson, A; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2020; 67:e28126.

Development of a Pediatric Fertility Preservation Program: A Report From the Pediatric Initiative Network of the Oncofertility Consortium. Moravek, MB; Appiah, LC; Anazodo, A; Burns, KC; Gomez-Lobo, V; Hoefgen, HR; Jaworek Frias, O; Laronda, MM; Levine, J; Meacham, LR; et al. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2019; 64:563-573.

From the Blog

Childhood Cancer Survivors: Questions To Ask When Ready to Start A Family
Blog Cancer and Blood Diseases

Childhood Cancer Survivors: Questions To Ask When Ready to Start A Family

By Karen Burns, MD10/10/2018

3 Facts About Fertility in Kids with Cancer and Blood Diseases
Blog Cancer and Blood Diseases

3 Facts About Fertility in Kids with Cancer and Blood Diseases

By Karen Burns, MD4/6/2016

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