Kelly Bugos MS, ANP-BC is a Manager for the Center for Advanced Practice and a nurse practitioner specializing in cancer survivorship at Stanford Health Care. Ms. Bugos is the Director of the Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship Program. Opened in 2016, the Fellowship Program educates and trains newly graduated APPs in transition to professional practice and specialty care, like cancer care. She founded the cancer survivorship clinics at Stanford in 2012 and continues to focus her clinical work on helping people touched by cancer restore their health after treatment. Ms. Bugos has developed other professional roles and programs over her career at Stanford, like the nurse practitioner position in the 1990s. She has expertise in symptom management, complex patient care in the outpatient setting, long term and late effects of cancer and its treatment and advanced nursing practice issues. She is a frequent speaker on these topics at the regional and national level.

Current Role at Stanford

Nurse Practitioner
Manager for Center for Advanced Practice
Director of Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship

Clinical Focus

  • Cancer > Urologic Oncology
  • Nurse Practitioner

Institute Affiliations

Honors & Awards

  • Best Abstract in Leadership and Management, Oncology Nursing Society (March, 2019)
  • Best Poster Abstract, National Nurses Research Conference (June, 2016)
  • BMT Excellence Award for Outstanding Service, Stanford Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (2007)

Professional Education

  • MS, University of California at San Francisco, Nursing (1993)
  • Board Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center, Nurse Practitioner (2013)
  • BS, University of Rochester, Nursing (1984)
  • Professional Education: UCSF School Of Nursing (1993) CA

All Publications

  • Integrating cancer survivorship care into allogeneic BMT recovery. Bugos, K., Stenger, S., Smith, A., Johnston, L., Gross, M., Knight, G., Lambert, S., Muffly, L. S. AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 2017
  • Patient reported symptom severity in cancer survivors. Bugos, K., Foran, J., Sabati, K., Valdez, A., Petree, J. M., Wellman, C., Blayney, D. W. AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 2017
  • Survivorship care plan: Use of the 'Oncology History' (OncHx) feature of the Epic electronic health record (EHR). Bugos, K., Foran, J., Petree, J. M., Sabati, K., Bruels, M., Cook, M., Mishra, P., Barahimi, H., Cook, A., Blayney, D. W. AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 2017
  • Palliative Care Always: Massive Open Online Education to Build Primary Palliative Care in a Global Audience Tribett, E., Fronk, J., Chan, S., Passaglia, J., Bugos, K., Sickler, K., Klein, L., Kogon, M., Hutton, L., Brown, E., Lyo, G. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC. 2016: E83–E84
  • Palliative Care Always as a massive open online course (MOOC) to build primary palliative care in a global audience Tribett, E., Ramchandran, K., Fronk, J., Passaglia, J., Bugos, K., Kogon, M., Klein, L., Brown, E., Chan, S., Hutton, L., Lyo, G., Sickler, K. AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 2016
  • Issues in Adult Blood Cancer Survivors Seminars in Oncology Nursing Bugos , K. 2015; 31 (1): 60-66


    To describe the current literature and future directions of survivorship care for the adult blood cancer population including unique features, identification of needs, practice guidelines, care models and the implications for nursing.Peer reviewed literature, government and national advocacy organization reports, professional organization guidelines.Adult blood cancer survivors are a heterogeneous population that often receives complicated treatments to live a longer life. Survivorship needs among this population are often unmet throughout the cancer care continuum. The limited research literature and guidelines point to survivorship care strategies from the day of diagnosis to enhance long-term outcomes and improve quality of life.Nurses are experts in symptom management and central to preventing, detecting, measuring, educating, and treating the effects of cancer and its treatment. Moreover, nurses are key to implementing strategies to support blood cancer survivors, families, and caregivers from the day of diagnosis to the last day of life.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.soncn.2014.11.007

  • Health behaviors and needs of melanoma survivors SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER Palesh, O., Aldridge-Gerry, A., Bugos, K., Pickham, D., Chen, J. J., Greco, R., Swetter, S. M. 2014; 22 (11): 2973-2980


    Little is known about melanoma survivors' long-term symptoms, sun protection practices, and support needs from health providers.Melanoma survivors treated at Stanford Cancer Center from 1995 through 2011 were invited to complete a heath needs survey. We compared responses of survivors by sex, education, time since diagnosis (long-term vs. short-term survivors), and extent of treatment received (wide local excision (WLE) alone versus WLE plus additional surgical or medical treatment (WLE+)).One hundred sixty melanoma survivors (51 % male; 61 % long-term; 73 % WLE+) provided evaluable data. On average, patients were 62 years of age (SD = 14), highly educated (75 % college degree), and Caucasian (94 %). Overall, participants rated anxiety as the most prevalent symptom (34 %). Seventy percent reported that their health provider did not address their symptoms, and 53 % requested education about melanoma-specific issues. Following treatment, women spent significantly less time seeking a tan compared with men (p = 0.01), had more extremity swelling (p = 0.014), and expressed higher need for additional services (p = 0.03). Long-term survivors decreased their use of tanning beds (p = 0.03) and time spent seeking a tan (p = 0.002) and were less likely to receive skin screening every 3-6 months (p < 0.001) compared with short-term survivors. WLE+ survivors reported greater physical long-term effects than WLE survivors (p ≤ 0.001) following treatment.Melanoma survivors experience continuing symptoms long after treatment, namely anxiety, and they express a need for information about long-term melanoma effects, psychosocial support, and prevention of further skin cancer.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s00520-014-2286-0

    View details for Web of Science ID 000343053700012

  • Survivorship care plan: Use of the "Oncology History" (OncHx) feature of the Epic electronic health record (EHR). Bugos, K., Mishra, P., Bruels, M., Laport, G., Herring, B., Pose, K., Williamson, C. E., Blayney, D. W. AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 2014
  • Health behaviors and survivorship needs of short-versus long-term melanoma survivors Swetter, S. M., Gerry, A., Bugos, K., Greco, R., McGurk, K. L., Palesh, O. AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 2013
  • Melanoma survivor treatment severity and correlates of psychosocial and physical health. Bugos, K., Gerry, A., Palesh, O., Swetter, S. M., McGurk, K. L., Greco, R. AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 2013
  • Multiple Myeloma: Supportive Care Requirements and Coordination of Patient-Centered Care JOURNAL OF MANAGED CARE PHARMACY Bugos, K. G., Dunn, J. D. 2012; 18 (8): S20-S29
  • Older Adults: The New Face of Transplantation Oncology Nursing Society Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Special Interest Group Newsletter Bugos, K. 2010; 21 (3): 3