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    Thomas Kearney

    Thomas J. Kearney, M.D.

    Cancer Surgery

    Accepting new patients


    (Board Certified)
    Accepting new patients

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    2340 Clay Street
    2nd Floor
    San Francisco, California 94115
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    (415) 600-3898  F (415) 369-1380
    101 Rowland Way
    Suite 220
    Novato, California 94945
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    (415) 878-7200  F (415) 878-7201

    Professional Interests

    Breast surgery

    Cancer Surgery
    Biopsy, Breast biopsy, Breast cancer, Breast surgery with nipple sparing, Cancer, Cancer research, Clinical trials and research, Core needle biopsy, Lumpectomy, Lymph node biopsy, Lymph node removal, Margins of resection, Mastectomy, Nipple-sparing mastectomy, Oncoplastic surgery, Prophylactic mastectomy,
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    Additional Information

    Castle Connolly Top Doctors: Breast Surgery, New York Metro Area, 2007 - 2017

    Spoken Languages


    Personal Interests

    Dr. Kearney enjoys hiking, travel, scuba, skiing, sailing, English handbell ringing and riding bicycle.


    1) Robinson JD, Venetis M, Street R, Kearney T. Breast Cancer Patients’ Information Seeking during Surgical Consultations: A Qualitative, Videotape-Based Analysis of Patients’ Questions. Journal of Surgical Oncology 2016 Dec; 114 (8):922-929 PMID 27734517

    2) J Yoon, WR Green, S Kim, T Kearney, BG Haffty, F Eladoumikdachi, S Goyal. Oncoplastic Breast Surgery in the Setting of Breast Conserving Therapy: A Systematic Review. Advances in Radiation Oncology 2016, 1(4): 205-215 PMID Pending

    3) Ahlawat S, Haffty BG, Goyal S, Kearney T, Kirstein L, Chen C, Moore DF, Khan AJ. Short-course Hypofractionated RT with Boost (SHoRT-B) in Women with Stage 0-IIIa Breast Cancer: A Phase II Trial. Int J Rad Onc Bio Phy 2016, 94 (1): 118–125 PMID 26700706

    4) Venetis MK, Robinson JD, Kearney T. Breast-cancer patients’ participation behavior and coping during pre-surgical consultations: A pilot study. Health Communication 2015, 30(1):19-25 PMID 25122519

    5) Khan AJ, Milgrom SA, Barnard N, Higgins SA, Moran M, Shahzad H, Kim S, Goyal S, Al-Faraj F, Kirstein L, Kearney T, Haffty BG. Basal Subtype, as Approximated by Triple-Negative Phenotype, is Associated with Locoregional Recurrence in a Case-Control Study of Women with 0-3 Positive Lymph Nodes After Mastectomy. Annals Surg Oncol 2014; 21(6):1963-68. PMID 24562930

    6) Goyal S, Daroui P, Khan A, Kearney T, Kirstein L, Haffty B. Three-Year Outcomes of a Once Daily Fractionation Scheme for Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) Using 3-D Conformal Radiotherapy (3D-CRT). Cancer Medicine 2013; Dec; 2(6):964-71. PMID 24403270

    7) Robinson JD, Hoover DR, Venetis M, Kearney TJ, Street R. Consultations between patients with breast cancer: a pathway from patient-centered communication to reduced hopelessness. J Clin Oncol 2013; 31(3):351-358. PMID 23233706

    8) Khan AJ, Vicini FA, Brown S, Haffty BG, Kearney TJ, Dale R, Lyden M and Arthur D. Dosimetric feasibility and acute toxicity in a prospective trial of ultra-short course accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) using a multi-lumen balloon brachytherapy device. Annals Surg Oncol 2013; 20(4):1295-1301. PMID 23149853

    9) Shaikh T, Narra V, Goyal S, Ahlawat S, Kirstein L, Kearney T, Haffty BG, Khan AJ. Lumpectomy Closure Technique Does Not Affect Dosimetry in Patients Undergoing External-Beam-Based Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation. Annals Surg Oncol 2013; 20(4):1323-1328. PMID 23229200

    10) Venetis MK, Robinson JD, Kearney T. Consulting with a Surgeon Prior to Breast Cancer Surgery: Patient Question Asking and Satisfaction. Journal of Health Communication 2013; 18:943–959. PMID 23557089

    Philosophy of Care

    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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