Melissa Kirkwood, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: Surgery

Biography

Dr. Kirkwood graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and completed her general surgical training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Dr. Kirkwood has an interest in all areas of vascular surgery. Her research interests include radiation dose control in complex endovascular cases, the natural history and potential enlargement of iliac artery aneurysms following endovascular aneurysms following endovascular aneurysm repair for concomitant AAA, the feasibility and safety of simultaneous thoracic and abdominal endovascular aortic repair in multilevel aortic disease, and functional outcomes of limb revascularization for peripheral artery disease using heparin-coated conduits. Her clinical focus includes traditional open and endovascular abdominal and thoracic aortic surgery, carotid disease including conventional carotid endarterectomy, and carotid stenting. She also has an interest in endovascular therapies and lower extremity bypass focused on peripheral arterial disease and limb salvage. Dr. Kirkwood is a member of the Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society and is certified by the American Board of Surgery in vascular and general surgery. Dr. Melissa Kirkwood is certified as a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation.

Education

Medical School Yale University School of Medicine (2004)
Residency University of Chicago (2009), General Surgery
Fellowship University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (2011), Vascular Surgery

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interests

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Carotid Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Carotid Stenting
  • Iliac Artery Aneurysm
  • Limb Savage: Endovascular and Open Bypass
  • Mesenteric Artery Aneurysm
  • Mesenteric Ischemia
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
  • Peripheral Vascular Interventions
  • Renal Artery Aneurysm
  • Surgical Intervention for Varicose Vein
  • Vascular Dissection of the Aorta & Carotid Artery

Research Interests

  • Feasibility and safety of simultaneous thoracic and abdominal endovascular aortic repair in multilevel aortic disease
  • Functional Outcomes of limb revascularization for peripheral artery disease using heparin coated conduits
  • Racial and ethnic disparities regarding outcomes following infected aortic graft explants
  • Radiation dose control in complex endovascular cases
  • The natural history and potential enlargement of Iliac Artery Aneurysms following Endovascular aneurysm repair for concomitant AAA

Publications

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Honors/Awards

  • Core Clerkship Teaching Award
    (2013)
  • Texas Rising Stars - Texas Monthly
    (2012)
  • Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare
    (2011)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    (2004)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Annals of Vascular Surgery (2012)
  • Universtiy of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2011)