Kara is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Stanford University in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. She is the Harriet and Mary Zelencik Endowed Faculty in Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases. Kara received her doctor of osteopathy from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. She completed her clinical training in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology at Thomas Jefferson University and Stanford University. Kara is a physician-scientist, running an NIH-funded translational research laboratory focused on applying single-cell technologies to childhood cancers to identify cell populations predictive of relapse. Kara has been instrumental in leading clinical trials utilizing the immune system to treat relapsed cancer in children. Clinically, Kara cares for children with newly diagnosed and relapsed acute leukemia. Kara lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband Matt, two children—Julian and Lucia, and two large dogs.