Radhika Kainthla, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Division of Hematology and Oncology. She specializes in malignant hematology and gastrointestinal oncology, practicing at Clements University Hospital and Parkland Memorial Hospital. At Parkland, she is the Medical Director of the Medical Oncology Clinics and the Cancer Liaison Physician for the Commission on Cancer.

A native of Texas, Dr. Kainthla received her undergraduate degree with honors in biochemistry from Southwestern University and her medical degree from UT Southwestern. She completed internal medicine residency training at Baylor College of Medicine. She then completed advanced training through a fellowship in hematology/oncology at UT Southwestern, where she served as Chief Fellow.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in hematology and medical oncology, Dr. Kainthla joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2018.

Dr. Kainthla’s research interests include gastrointestinal oncology, malignant hematology, and quality improvement. Her investigations have resulted in several publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as book chapters.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Kainthla is Co-Director of the Frontiers in Neoplasia program and teaches medical and graduate students and fellows through lectures and clinic rotations. She received the “MVP for Microanatomy” teaching award in 2021.

Dr. Kainthla is a member of the Texas Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Dallas County Medical Society, the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology.

She was named a Rising Star in Texas Monthly’s Texas Super Doctors in 2020 and 2021.

Personal Note

Outside of medicine, Dr. Kainthla enjoys watching movies, spending time with her family, and playing/watching sports.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2012)
Baylor College of Medicine (2015), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2018), Hematology Oncology

Research Interest

  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Malignant Hematology
  • Quality Improvement


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Racial and ethnic disparities in Acute Myeloid Leukemia: 15-year experience at a safety net hospital system.
Dong S, Premnath N, Sadeghi N, Kainthla R, Chung SS, Collins RH, Li HC, Madanat YF, Leuk Res 2024 Apr 141 107503
The phosphatidylserine targeting antibody bavituximab plus pembrolizumab in unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma: a phase 2 trial.
Hsiehchen D, Beg MS, Kainthla R, Lohrey J, Kazmi SM, Khosama L, Maxwell MC, Kline H, Katz C, Hassan A, Kubota N, Siglinsky E, Pillai AK, Youssoufian H, Mockbee C, Culm K, Uhlik M, Benjamin L, Brekken RA, Ahn C, Singal AG, Zhu H, Hoshida Y, Yopp AC, Nat Commun 2024 Mar 15 1 2178
Outcomes in Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus -associated primary effusion lymphoma and multicentric Castleman's disease in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in a safety-net hospital system.
Lopez M, Kainthla R, Lazarte S, Chen W, Nijhawan AE, Knights S, Eur J Haematol 2023 Dec
Sustained long-term remission with tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy in treatment-refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia harboring a RCSD1::ABL2 fusion gene.
Zahid MF, Kainthla R, Leuk Lymphoma 2023 Oct 1-5
Characteristics and clinical outcomes in young-onset cholangiocarcinoma.
Reddy S, Goksu SY, Sanford NN, Kainthla R, Hsiehchen D, Sanjeevaiah A, Jones AL, Karagkounis G, Al Mutar S, Ahn C, Beg MS, Kazmi SM, Cancer Med 2023 Jul 12 13 14094-14103
High Seroprevalence of Kaposi Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus in Men Who Have Sex With Men With HIV in the Southern United States.
Knights SM, Salyards M, Kendall N, Lazarte SM, Kainthla R, Miley W, Marshall V, Labo N, Whitby D, Chiao EY, Nijhawan AE, Open Forum Infect Dis 2023 Apr 10 4 ofad160
Dinner-plate nuclei in hypogranular acute promyelocytic leukemia.
Zahid MF, Kainthla R, Blood 2022 Dec 140 23 2519
Trends in Adjuvant Chemotherapy Use Among Stage III Colon Cancer in Non-Elderly and Low Comorbidity Patients.
El Hajj J, Soleja M, Goksu SY, Ahn C, Sanford NN, Karagkounis G, Pogacnik JS, Ali F, Chilakamarry S, Kainthla R, Hsiehchen D, Jones AL, Al Mutar S, Sanjeevaiah A, Beg MS, Huang EH, Kazmi SM, Clin Colorectal Cancer 2022 Sep
Primary central nervous system lymphoma: a real-world comparison of therapy access and outcomes by hospital setting.
Patel AM, Ali O, Kainthla R, Rizvi SM, Awan FT, Patel T, Pan E, Maher E, Desai NB, Timmerman R, Kumar KA, Ramakrishnan Geethakumari P, Neurooncol Pract 2022 May 9 3 183-192
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Genomic Profiling of Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer.
Hein DM, Deng W, Bleile M, Kazmi SA, Rhead B, De La Vega FM, Jones AL, Kainthla R, Jiang W, Cantarel B, Sanford NN, J Natl Cancer Inst 2022 Feb


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Honors & Awards

  • Hematology/Oncology Chief Fellow Award
    UT Southwestern (2017-2018)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Medical Association (2012)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (2015)
  • American Society of Hematology (2015)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (2015)
  • Texas Medical Association (2008)