Kirsten K. Ness, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Kirsten K. Ness, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Kirsten K. Ness, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Member, St. Jude Faculty



BA – College of St. Scholastica (1983)
MA – Augsburg College (1998)
MPH – University of Minnesota (2002)
PhD – University of Minnesota (2004)

Clinical Interests

  • Physical Therapy
  • Frailty
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

Research Interests

  • Clinical and population measurement of physical performance and disability
  • Exercise, physical activity and dietary intervention to prevent and remediate frail health
  • Accelerated aging in cancer survivors
  • Analysis of epidemiologic data

Current Research

  • Longitudinal Assessment of Frailty in Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer, Principal Investigator
  • Establishment of a Lifetime Cohort of Adults Surviving Childhood Cancer, Co-Investigator
  • Impact of Resistance Training and Protein Supplementation on Lean Muscle Mass in Childhood Cancer Survivors, Principal Investigator
  • Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, Executive Committee
  • Longitudinal Cardiotoxicity in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer, Co-Investigator
  • Web-based Physical Activity Intervention in Survivors of Childhood ALL, Principal Investigator
  • Brain Integrity in Survivors of Childhood Cancer Treated with Thoracic Radiation, Co-Investigator
  • Aerobic Training Intervention for Children with Newly Diagnosed Medulloblastoma, Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

Ness KK, Morris EB, Nolan VG, Howell CR, Gilchrist LS, Stovall M, Cox CL, Klosky JL, Gajjar A, Neglia JP. Physical performance limitations among adult survivors of childhood brain tumors. Cancer Jun 15;116(12):3034-44, 2010. PubMed PMID: 20564409; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3554250.

Ness KK, Hudson MM, Pui CH, Green DM, Krull KR, Huang TT, Robison LL, Morris EB. Neuromuscular impairments in adult survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: associations with physical performance and chemotherapy doses. Cancer Feb 1;118(3):828-38, 2012. PubMed PMID: 21766297; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3197897.

Ness KK, Krull KR, Jones KE, Mulrooney DA, Armstrong GT, Green DM, Chemaitilly W, Smith WA, Wilson CL, Sklar CA, Shelton K, Srivastava DK, Ali S, Robison LL, Hudson MM. Physiologic frailty as a sign of accelerated aging among adult survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the St Jude Lifetime cohort study. J Clin Oncol Dec 20;31(36):4496-503, 2013. PubMed PMID: 24248696; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3871511.

Hudson MM, Oeffinger KC, Jones K, Brinkman TM, Krull KR, Mulrooney DA, Mertens A, Castellino SM, Casillas J, Gurney JG, Nathan PC, Leisenring W, Robison LL, Ness KK. Age-dependent changes in health status in the Childhood Cancer Survivor cohort. J Clin Oncol Feb 10;33(5):479-91, 2015. PubMed PMID: 25547510; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4314595.

Hoffman MC, Mulrooney DA, Steinberger J, Lee J, Baker KS, Ness KK. Deficits in physical function among young childhood cancer survivors. J Clin Oncol Aug 1;31(22):2799-805, 2013. PubMed PMID: 23796992; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3718878.

Ness KK, Neel MD, Kaste SC, Billups CA, Marchese VG, Rao BN, Daw NC. A comparison of function after limb salvage with non-invasive expandable or modular prostheses in children. Eur J Cancer Dec;50(18):3212-20, 2014. PubMed PMID: 25459397; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4303497.

Khan RB, Hudson MM, Ledet DS, Morris EB, Pui CH, Howard SC, Krull KR, Hinds PS, Crom D, Browne E, Zhu L, Rai S, Srivastava D, Ness KK. Neurologic morbidity and quality of life in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a prospective cross-sectional study. J Cancer Surviv Dec;8(4):688-96, 2014. PubMed PMID: 25008582; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4221551.

Ness KK, Kaste SC, Zhu L, Pui CH, Jeha S, Nathan PC, Inaba H, Wasilewski-Masker K, Shah D, Wells RJ, Karlage RE, Robison LL, Cox CL. Skeletal, neuromuscular and fitness impairments among children with newly diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Leuk Lymphoma Apr;56(4):1004-11, 2015. PubMed PMID: 25030039; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4336225.

Klosky JL, Hum AM, Zhang N, Ali KS, Srivastava DK, Klesges RC, Emmons KM, Ness KK, Stovall M, Robison LL, Hudson MM. Smokeless and dual tobacco use among males surviving childhood cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev Jun;22(6):1025-9, 2013. PubMed PMID: 23580700; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3681858.

Smith WA, Li C, Nottage KA, Mulrooney DA, Armstrong GT, Lanctot JQ, Chemaitilly W, Laver JH, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Lifestyle and metabolic syndrome in adult survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Cancer Sep 1;120(17):2742-50, 2014. PubMed PMID: 25070001; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4165406.

Jones LW, Liu Q, Armstrong GT, Ness KK, Yasui Y, Devine K, Tonorezos E, Soares-Miranda L, Sklar CA, Douglas PS, Robison LL, Oeffinger KC. Exercise and risk of major cardiovascular events in adult survivors of childhood hodgkin lymphoma: a report from the childhood cancer survivor study. J Clin Oncol Nov 10;32(32):3643-50, 2014. PubMed PMID: 25311213; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4220043.

Gawade PL, Oeffinger KC, Sklar CA, Green DM, Krull KR, Chemaitilly W, Stovall M, Leisenring W, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Ness KK. Lifestyle, distress, and pregnancy outcomes in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study cohort. Am J Obstet Gynecol Jan;212(1):47.e1-10, 2015. PubMed PMID: 25068563; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4275351.

Rabin C, Dunsiger S, Ness KK, Marcus BH. Internet-Based Physical Activity Intervention Targeting Young Adult Cancer Survivors. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol Dec;1(4):188-194, 2011. PubMed PMID: 23610737; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3623566.

Smith WA, Ness KK, Joshi V, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Green DM. Exercise training in childhood cancer survivors with subclinical cardiomyopathy who were treated with anthracyclines. Pediatr Blood Cancer Nov 6, 2013. PubMed PMID: 24623535; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4167576.

Kaste SC, Qi A, Smith K, Surprise H, Lovorn E, Boyett J, Ferry RJ Jr, Relling MV, Shurtleff SA, Pui CH, Carbone L, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Calcium and cholecalciferol supplementation provides no added benefit to nutritional counseling to improve bone mineral density in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Pediatr Blood Cancer May;61(5):885-93, 2014. PubMed PMID: 24395288; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4160024.

Esbenshade AJ, Friedman DL, Smith WA, Jeha S, Pui CH, Robison LL, Ness KK. Feasibility and initial effectiveness of home exercise during maintenance therapy for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Phys Ther Fall;26(3):301-7, 2014. PubMed PMID: 24979081; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4211618.

Nathan PC, Greenberg ML, Ness KK, Hudson MM, Mertens AC, Mahoney MC, Gurney JG, Donaldson SS, Leisenring WM, Robison LL, Oeffinger KC. Medical care in long-term survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the childhood cancer survivor study. J Clin Oncol Sep 20;26(27):4401-9, 2008. PubMed PMID: 18802152; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2653112.

Hudson MM, Ness KK, Nolan VG, Armstrong GT, Green DM, Morris EB, Spunt SL, Metzger ML, Krull KR, Klosky JL, Srivastava DK, Robison LL. Prospective medical assessment of adults surviving childhood cancer: study design, cohort characteristics, and feasibility of the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort study. Pediatr Blood Cancer May;56(5):825-36, 2011. PubMed PMID: 21370418; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3088729.

Huang TT, Chen Y, Dietz AC, Yasui Y, Donaldson SS, Stokes DC, Stovall M, Leisenring WM, Sklar CA, Diller LR, Mertens AC, Armstrong GT, Green DM, Robison LL, Ness KK. Pulmonary outcomes in survivors of childhood central nervous system malignancies: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Pediatr Blood Cancer Feb;61(2):319-25, 2014. PubMed PMID: 24127436; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4063306.

Chow EJ, Chen Y, Kremer LC, Breslow NE, Hudson MM, Armstrong GT, Border WL, Feijen EA, Green DM, Meacham LR, Meeske KA, Mulrooney DA, Ness KK, Oeffinger KC, Sklar CA, Stovall M, van der Pal HJ, Weathers RE, Robison LL, Yasui Y. Individual prediction of heart failure among childhood cancer survivors. J Clin Oncol Feb 10;33(5):394-402, 2015. PubMed PMID: 25287823; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4314592.

Last update: March 2017