Kathleen Anne Kemmer M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Medicine School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (304 Ratings, 90 Comments)


  • Cancer

Special focus on

  • Breast Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Solid Tumor Oncology
  • Residency:

    • University of Texas Southwestern, 1996-1999
  • Fellowship:

    • Oregon Health & Science University, 2003
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Internal Medicine (internal medicine), 1999


Dr. Kemmer specializes in caring for patients with breast cancer and head and neck cancer. She particularly enjoys taking care of patients over months or even years and getting to know patients and their families. She also maintains a strong interest and knowledge in general oncology (cancer care) through working with and teaching residents and fellows.

In her spare time, Dr. Kemmer enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, who is also an oncologist, and her two children. When she does get time to herself, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and running.


  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (304 Ratings, 90 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • May 03, 2019

    Dr. Kemmer is a gem and I will miss her when she leaves this summer.

  • May 03, 2019

    Dr Kemmer is a great doctor ~ I was very disappointed with the wait time to be seen by her I understand that she needed to spend extra time with another patient but it would have been nice to be informed after waiting half hour that she was with pt. so that I would know!

  • May 02, 2019

    Dr. Kemmer was very helpful and informative. I'm sorry to hear that she will be leaving OHSU, but wish her all my best.

  • Apr 30, 2019

    D. KEMMER is caring, thorough and straight forward. She takes time to involve the patient in the checkup. I respect her alot.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    She is wonderful - considers my full-body health, and really takes the time to answer all questions with thoughtful consideration.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    She was very personable and open to discussing my treatment options, but she was 25 minutes late.

  • Apr 22, 2019

    I'm going to miss her terribly. She's been wonderful and very attentive and always look for anything that might be troubling. So I'm going to miss her. Thank you.

  • Apr 19, 2019

    Dr. Kemmer is absolutely wonderful. She is so knowledgeable, and she takes the time to familiarize herself with my diagnosis and ongoing care plan. I'm sorry that she will be leaving, and I wish her all the best.

  • Apr 17, 2019

    The experience with my provider was wonderful. I’m sad she’s leaving but I wish her the best. However, I have many comments regarding the new infusion center.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    She's very caring to her patients and she seems to know what she's talking about. I that's all I could say.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    I found her to be very personal. I found her to be very interested in me. She gave me a lot of information that I needed to know and I really appreciated everything she did for me.

  • Mar 29, 2019

    Waited a long time to be seen.

  • Mar 29, 2019

    She is very caring, easy to talk to and ask questions.

  • Mar 24, 2019

    Hi, I would strongly recommend Dr. Kemmer. He's he's wonderful. He's very patient and calming and kind so she's a wonderful doctor, so I would highly recommend going to her. Thank you.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    The provider dismissed my concerns.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    I felt heard and understood, thank you!

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Dr Kemmer was polite, and informative.

  • Mar 07, 2019

    She gently explains, my questions that I ask her and I appreciate that.

  • Mar 06, 2019

    Always attentive and sincere

  • Mar 04, 2019

    Caring and knowledgeable. I appreciated her getting right back to me re: CBC

  • Feb 27, 2019

    First visit. Good experience. Caring questions

  • Feb 26, 2019

    Dr. Kemmer is always very well prepared. She has read every test and written down notes that she wants to go over with me. She could be one of the best physicians I've had and is respectful, kind, patient, thorough. Always just makes you feel like she could spend the day with you if you have questions or any needs. I really appreciate that.

  • Feb 20, 2019

    Very thorough, very informative, very helpful, took the time to cover everything that was bothering me and had all my answers.

  • Feb 17, 2019

    She is knowledgeable, expresses herself well and makes the patient feel comfortable

  • Feb 15, 2019

    I thought this provider was wonderful and I was very glad to see her. She made me feel a whole lot better about my situation. She was knowledgeable. She gave me plenty of food for thought. I just can't say enough about her. It was very very good experience. Yeah. Go back and see her anytime recommend her to anyone good doctor.

  • Feb 13, 2019

    Very good

  • Feb 08, 2019

    Dr. Kemmer always takes the time to prepare for appointments by reviewing the EMR in detail. She always gives ample opportunity for questions and concerns. Her meticulous work and caring nature is very much appreciated!

  • Feb 06, 2019

    Dr. Kemmer's always extremely professional she makes me feel quite at ease. She's very forthcoming and she talks to me. And in remembering everything that's been wrong with me and could be wrong with me in regarding to my cancer. She's awesome.

  • Jan 30, 2019

    Dr. Kemmer explains everything thoroughly and takes the time to listen.

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Always a outstanding experience. Staff and physicians are professional as well, as dependable for compassionate help.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    She was very knowledgeable and personable. I so appreciated that she sits face to face to talk to you, so many others face the computer and then peek out to talk to you.

  • Jan 17, 2019

    I wouldn't I wouldn't recommend her to anyone as she is always running late, my last appointment I didn't even see her because she was so late that I had to leave. I took off the day at work. I drove 2 hours and I wasn't able to see her so I would give her a negative rating.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    Dr. Kemmer is very caring and compassionate. I was very ill with my 1st Chemo and she adjusted the dose for my 2nd Chemo

  • Jan 08, 2019

    Dr. Kemmer projected warmth and concern while clearly an expert in her specialty.

  • Jan 04, 2019

    Yes, Dr. Kemmer was very informed and very serious. She gave me all of my options and recommendations of what she believes I needed to do. She set me up for testing and it came back right away. And I appreciate that expedience on the results. She's very pleasant. And I had a wonderful experience with her.

  • Dec 29, 2018

    I think Dr. Kemmer is extremely thorough. I think she is, she tells it like it is but with a huge heart. I think she's extremely professional at the same time I'm impressed with the kindness that she has for the patient. So my experience has been great and I'm really blessed that I have her in my life.

  • Dec 22, 2018

    It was a very successful, comfortable meeting with the doctor. She had information that she was imparting intelligently and clearly. She gave me the patient information I wanted or needed. And the office is very well run. People, the nurse that takes you in and the people at the desk are all extremely courteous and pleasant. And of course, the doctor is too, and again, I say she knows what she's talking about. She's clear, very clear with the patient, and I felt very comfortable with her care and appreciate the time she took to be with me.

  • Dec 15, 2018

    She's very caring loving and she seems to really really want to help her patients out. I really enjoy her talking to her and she takes her time to explain. If I ask a question and very good doctor.

  • Dec 13, 2018

    I just wanted to say that Dr. Kemmer answered all my questions. She made sure that I didn't have any additional questions and she took adequate amount of time to listen to all my concerns, which is very appreciated. Thank you.

  • Dec 13, 2018

    Hi, Dr. Kemmer is very thorough, very sincere, consistent, and thoughtful about my reviews, and I feel very confident in what she tells me. I'm very impressed with her as a physician and as a cancer specialist.

  • Dec 12, 2018

    Dr Kemmer is thorough and conscientious.

  • Dec 10, 2018

    Dr. Kemmer always comes in very, very prepared, having spent a lot of time researching my specific "happenings" and consulting other specialists. She is very comfortable, explains everything, and shows me the images in question. Really appreciate her preparation and demeanor.

  • Dec 01, 2018

    She explained everything well

  • Nov 27, 2018

    Very thorough and kind. Took the time to answer all my questions and come up with a treatment plan that worked for me.

  • Nov 25, 2018

    Dr. Kemmer is very professional, and I was very impressed with her bed side manner and that she cares about what she's doing, and she is very knowledgeable about what she does.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    Dr. Kemmer always takes all the time needed to address my concerns & answer questions. She is really professional but friendly at the same time.

  • Nov 19, 2018

    She is a great Dr. and very caring.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    She is very kind and caring. She seems to stay up to date with latest research.

  • Nov 13, 2018

    Dr. Kemer is very thorough and takes time to listen and answer any and all questions. I feel very confident in her abilities and appreciate her attentativeness.

  • Nov 10, 2018

    It was my first consultation visit with Dr Kemmer. She was very knowledgeable and explained my diagnosis and treatment plan. She was pleasant and calm in manners.