Dr. Kainthla grew up in Texas and received her initial medical training at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas before completing her residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Her biochemistry background drove her interest in oncology research, and she returned to complete her hematology and medical oncology fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She currently specializes in malignant hematology and gastrointestinal oncology. 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

Adjuvant chemotherapy for ypT0N0M0 rectal cancer following chemoradiotherapy and total mesorectal excision.
Kainthla R, Huerta S Anticancer Drugs 2016 Jul
Dabrafenib for treatment of BRAF-mutant melanoma.
Kainthla R, Kim KB, Falchook GS Pharmgenomics Pers Med 2014 7 21-9
Regulation of telomerase alternative splicing: a target for chemotherapy.
Wong MS, Chen L, Foster C, Kainthla R, Shay JW, Wright WE Cell Rep 2013 Apr 3 4 1028-35


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Honors & Awards

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

Professional Associations/Affiliations

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