Dr. Thomas Kearney, MD

Dr. Thomas Kearney, MD

General Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 58
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As a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist and the Director of the California Pacific Breast Cancer Center of Excellence, I guide patients in choosing appropriate surgical options for breast cancer treatment. As part of the multi-disciplinary team, I work closely with my colleagues in medical oncology, radiation oncology and reconstructive surgery (when needed) to help patients select appropriate additional therapies. I am also available to help patients evaluate breast concerns such as lumps and abnormal mammograms. The field of breast cancer surgery has changed dramatically since my days as a surgical resident at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and as a surgical oncology fellow at the University of Chicago. Since beginning practice in 1995, I have seen the field of breast surgical oncology make tremendous advances in providing precise, personalized options to patients. Radical surgery is much less common today. Most patients can avoid mastectomy safely. For those patients for whom mastectomy is an appropriate choice, a number of advances in breast reconstruction, including nipple sparing mastectomy surgery, have allowed patients to more fully recover from their surgery with their body image intact. Frequently, breast biopsies can be performed without invasive surgery, a major step forward in patient comfort and convenience. I am the author or co-author of over thirty scientific papers and over 140 scientific presentations. Prior to arriving in San Francisco, I was the Chief of the Section of Breast Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and a Professor of Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. I served as the Director of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital NAPBC accredited Breast Program.

2340 Clay St

San Francisco, CA 94115

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


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Breast Diseases
very high
more than 97% of peers
Breast Surgical Procedure
more than 77% of peers
Breast Cancer
more than 76% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kearney "Every patient is unique and requires individual, compassionate attention to details. A new diagnosis of breast cancer (or a concern about a possible diagnosis) is a serious life event. I feel it is important to listen to my patient's concerns in an unhurried manner and help guide them through the various options available for treatment. Proper treatment often requires a team of professionals. At the CPMC Breast Cancer Center of Excellence, expert professionals from all needed specialties (surgical oncology and breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, genetic counseling, nutritional counseling) are all available on campus as needed for consultation."


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  • General Surgery
  • Breast Oncology
  • Breast Surgery
  • Breast Surgical Oncology
  • Oncoplastic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Benign Tumor
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Recurrence
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Duct Papilloma
  • Breast Fibroadenoma
  • Breast Tumor
  • Gynecomastia


  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Lumpectomy
  • Lymph Node Resection
  • Mastectomy
  • Partial Mastectomy
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Skin-Sparing Mastectomy
  • Surgical Biopsy
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Georgetown University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • Georgetown University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • University Of Southern California School Of Med
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Cedars Sinai Med Ctr
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • University Chicago Pritzker School Med
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Best Doctors for Breast Cancer - NY Metro, 2008 - 201
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kearney's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kearney to family and friends
based on 14 total reviews (2 with comments)
Dr. Kearney Says:

I appreciate the feedback patients provide on the Healthgrades site. Due to the nature of consultations for breast cancer, some patients require more time to have all their questions answered. Sometimes this leads to the next appointment starting later then expected. Hopefully, patients understand this and will be comforted by knowing that they will have all their questions answered as well if needed.

Dr. Kearney's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
nj |
Kind and caring. Explains everything thoroughly at a time when it may be hard for a patient to focus. I've recommended him to friends and they are just as pleased.
in Fords NJ |
Dr.Kearney is professional and experienced and he was wonderful with me and my family. He is honest and sincere. Could not ask for better.
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Dr. Kearney accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerihealth
    Amerihealth PPO
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
  • EmblemHealth
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty

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Hospitals where Dr. Kearney has admitting privileges

California Pacific Medical Center - California Campus
3700 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118
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California Pacific Medical Center - Pacific Campus
2333 Buchanan St
San Francisco, CA 94115
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