Dr. Kimberly Kirkwood specializes in the treatment of pancreatic cancer as well as tumors of the stomach, spleen, gallbladder, bile duct and gastrointestinal tract. A skillful laparoscopic surgeon, she is an expert in applying minimally invasive techniques to treat abdominal tumors and has a particular interest in improving outcomes for patients after pancreas surgery. Dr. Kirkwood is a member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Participates in Cancer Center Clinical Trials.
Dr. Kirkwood earned a medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a surgical residency and a fellowship in advanced general surgery with a focus on pancreatic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. She also completed a three-year surgical research fellowship at UCLA in hepatobiliary disease. Dr. Kirkwood is active in many national societies including the Pancreas Club, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Association for Academic Surgeons and she is on the Executive Council of the Society of University Surgeons. Her NIH-funded research focuses on pancreatic inflammatory pain and on the many factors which may improve outcomes for patients following resection of pancreatic tumors. She is an associate professor of surgery at UCSF.
Point Break LIVE! - a stage adaptation of the 1992 cult classic film starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, held its last San Francisco engagement on Saturday, July 31st. As a tribute to Patrick Swayze, who died of pancreatic cancer last year, donations were collected to benefit the work of Kimberly Kirkwood, M.D. (left) a pancreatic surgeon and investigator in the UCSF Division of General Surgery. Our thanks go out to the cast and crew of this raucous and uproarious show for their generosity -- and for helping to raise awareness about this terrible disease.
Producer Jason Whalen presents an outsized check to Sarah Krumholz, Director of Development, Surgical Specialties at UCSF (pictured right).
"Surgery for pancreas cancer is long and demanding, and surgeons must be practiced to consistently perform it well. Pancreas cancer surgery outcomes are better at high-volume, major medical centers such as UCSF, where surgeons can specialize - perfecting and maintaining skills and deepening their experience and judgment." UCSF surgeons Kimberly Kirkwood, M.D., and Eric Nakakura, M.D., Ph.D., achieve outstanding outcomes for standard procedures and also perform operations rarely offered elsewhere for select patients who would otherwise not meet criteria for surgical treatment.
Pancreatic cancer can be a terrifying diagnosis. Dr. Kimberly Kirkwood, a Professor of Surgery at UCSF, was invited by the web portal, Patient Power, to discuss the latest diagnostic tools and treatments for extending the lives of those diagnosed with this disease. Dr. Kirkwood is a pancreatic cancer specialist and gastrointestinal surgeon who specializes in the treatment of pancreatic cancer as well as tumors of the stomach, spleen, gallbladder, bile duct and gastrointestinal tract.