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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.
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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."
Breast Surgical Oncology
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
Breast Cancer Recurrence
Breast Duct Papilloma
Adjacent Tissue Transfer
Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
Biopsy of Breast
Breast Surgical Procedure
Lymph Node Resection
Sentinel Node Biopsy
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
0 Board Actions
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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
Over 100 publications and presentations on breast cancer treatment and breast diseases.,
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.