Kathleen M. Foley, M.D., is an Attending Neurologist in the Pain & Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and is also Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Clinical Pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and previous Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Cancer Pain Research and Education at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  She holds the Chair of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Pain Research.  She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences for her national and international efforts in the treatment of patients with cancer pain.  She is the past Director of the Project on Death in America of the Open Society Institute whose goal was to transform the culture of dying in the United States through initiatives in research, scholarship and clinical care. Dr. Foley is currently the Medical Director of the International Palliative Care Initiative of the Network Public Health Program of the Open Society Institute working to advance palliative care globally.

Dr. Foley has focused her career on the assessment and treatment of patients with cancer pain.  She has received numerous awards and honors including the Distinguished Service Award and the Humanitarian Award from the American Cancer Society, the David Karnovsky Award from American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Frank Netter Award from the American Academy of Neurology.  She is a previous Rita Allen Scholar.