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Kimberly S. Kirkwood


Pancreatic and gastrointestinal surgeon

Dr. Kimberly Kirkwood specializes in treating pancreatic cancer as well as tumors of the stomach, spleen, gallbladder, bile duct and gastrointestinal tract. 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.

Kirkwood's research focuses on understanding how pancreatic cancer develops at a cellular level.

Kirkwood earned her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. At Massachusetts General Hospital, she completed a residency in general surgery, followed by a fellowship in advanced general surgery with a focus on pancreatic surgery. She also completed a three-year surgical research fellowship in diseases of the liver and biliary tract at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kirkwood is active in many national societies, including the Pancreas Club, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Association for Academic Surgery and Society of University Surgeons.

  • Education

    University of Pennsylvania, 1985

  • Residencies

    Massachusetts General Hospital, General Surgery, 1993

  • Fellowships

    University of California, Los Angeles, Surgery

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Surgery, 1989

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    164 Ratings
    About our process
    May 28, 2023
    I was thrilled with my experience and so fortunate to be in Dr. Kirkwood and her team's care.
    Apr 20, 2023
    She was great!
    Apr 18, 2023
    Dr. Kirkwood and her staff are excellent extremely caring and thoughtful in their explanations and care.
    Apr 13, 2023
    Dr. Kirkwood explained and answered questions in accordance with my learning style which was very helpful. In fact that is the first time anyone notated my types of work to then determine their presentation.
    Mar 28, 2023
    Excellent experience that exceeded my expectations
    Feb 03, 2023
    Dr Kirkwood always takes as much time as necessary to explain test results and answer all of my questions and concerns. I never feel rushed.
    Feb 02, 2023
    I am getting excellent care from Dr Kirkwood. My only complaints are with the scheduling process.
    Dec 13, 2022
    Dr Kirkwood has excellent interpersonal skills; very good and clear explanations without talking down to the patient
    Dec 13, 2022
    There is no one like Dr. Kirkwood. She is very thoughtful and helpful. Always feel reassured after my visits.
    Nov 08, 2022
    I loved Dr Kirkwood She's like the gold standard for physicians
    Oct 27, 2022
    Thanks you for your help!
    Oct 26, 2022
    Dr. Kirkwood was excellent. Smart knowledgeable and helpful.
    Oct 25, 2022
    Dr. Kirkwood is an excellent doctor and my visit with her was great
    Sep 20, 2022
    Dr Kirkwood was and has been absolutely stellar in communicating with me regarding my medical issue. I always have a lot of questions and she clearly answers them.
    Sep 02, 2022
    I know she's the best because of an unusual surgery I had performed by her 10 years ago. Then and now she is very easy to talk with and shared some new research/surgery she is doing. And I'm a retired nephrologist and am quickly able to distinguish the good from the bad.
    Aug 23, 2022
    She exudes great confidence and is a great listener. Well prepared professional
    Aug 09, 2022
    Dr.Kirkwood explains things so they are easy to understand. Takes the time to listen. Didn't feel rushed.
    Aug 09, 2022
    Attentive. Responsive. Clear. Direct replies.
    Jul 29, 2022
    I feel I am in very good hands for a complex condition. She answered questions I had before I asked them was compassionate to the worries one can have with this issue and tailored some of her education to me based on what she knew I wanted to learn. I am grateful I found this doctor to manage my IPMN. Truly an expert but also kind.
    Jul 28, 2022
    Dr. Kirkwood is the best doctor I have ever met.Everything about her is totally professional and very kind.
    May 25, 2022
    Care provider is excellent and can't ask for more.
    May 03, 2022
    Kind. Respectful. Listened. Described her and the resident and medical student
    Mar 23, 2022
    This was an excellent experience. The doctor was very thorough polite and empathetic.
    Feb 09, 2022
    Excellent experience
    Feb 08, 2022
    Dr. Kirkwood provided an excellent tele-visit. She was informative excellent listener answered my questions with an understanding of my concerns. She was also courteous and friendly Could not ask for a better care giver and surgeon.
    Nov 16, 2021
    Dr. Kirkwood and her team are superb. I have been seeing her for periodic monitoring of a pancreatic cyst for about 7 years and I actually look forward to my annual visits. She communicates clearly about the current state of diagnostic tools and best practices for analysis and treatment of pancreatic cysts. She also listens to my concerns and responds to my questions and it's clear that she is deeply committed to doing and/or following studies on this challenging health issue.
    Oct 20, 2021
    There should be more Drs like Dr Kirkwood She made me feel relaxed and took away my anxiety