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Melissa L. Kirkwood, MD $$

Pediatric Vascular Surgeon

Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Languages Spoken:
English,
UT Southwestern Pediatric Group

Biography

Melissa Kirkwood, M.D., is a vascular surgeon at Children’s Health℠.

After earning her medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Kirkwood completed her general surgical training at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

Vascular surgeries are technically challenging, and I enjoy staying current with all the new innovations, devices and minimally invasive procedures that are available so that I can bring the absolute best health care to my patients.
Melissa Kirkwood, MD

Dr. Kirkwood practices all aspects of vascular surgery, performing both traditional, open surgeries and less invasive endovascular procedures.

“Vascular surgeries are technically challenging, and I enjoy staying current with all the new innovations, devices and minimally invasive procedures that are available so that I can bring the absolute best health care to my patients,” Dr. Kirkwood says.

Her research interests include radiation dose control, iliac artery aneurysms, simultaneous thoracic and abdominal endovascular aortic repair, and functional outcomes of limb revascularization for PVD.

Dr. Kirkwood is certified by the American Board of Surgery in vascular and general surgery. She also is certified as a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Dr. Kirkwood has published a number of journal articles, abstracts and book chapters related to vascular surgery and regularly presents on the topic. She also serves as a reviewer for the Annals of Vascular Surgery.

Education and Training

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

Departments and Programs

Vascular Surgery
  • Research Interests

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

    • Management of Lateral Plantar Artery Pseudoaneurysm After Penetrating Injury in Children. Andacheh I, Chamseddin K, Kirkwood ML Vascular and endovascular surgery 2015 Nov 49 8 247-9
    • Lemierre's Syndrome associated Mycotic Aneurysm of the External Carotid Artery with Primary Internal Carotid Artery Occlusion in a previously healthy 18 year old female. Chamseddin KH, Kirkwood ML Annals of vascular surgery 2016 Jul
    • New image-processing and noise-reduction software reduces radiation dose during complex endovascular procedures. Kirkwood ML, Guild JB, Arbique GM, Tsai S, Modrall JG, Anderson JA, Rectenwald J, Timaran C Journal of vascular surgery 2016 Jul
    • Anterior Tibial Artery Pseudoaneurysm following Ankle Arthroscopy in a Hemophiliac Patient. Chamseddin KH, Kirkwood ML Annals of vascular surgery 2016 May
    • Resistant, severe, desquamating dermatitis in a nickel allergic patient following nitinol stent placement in the popliteal artery for acute limb ischemia. Guerra A, Kirkwood M Journal of Vascular Surgery: Cases and Innovative Techniques 2017 3 1 23-25
  • Professional Activities

    • Society for Vascular Surgery, Vascular Education and Self-Assessment Program (VESAP3) Radiation Safety Question Writer (2013-2013), Vascular Education and Self-Assessment Program (VESAP3) Radiation Safety Question Writer
    • Association of Women Surgeons (2013)
    • American College of Surgeons, North Texas Chapter, Women in Surgery Representative (2013-2015), Women in Surgery Representative
    • American College of Surgeons, North Texas Chapter, Vascular Surgery Representative (2013-2017), Vascular Surgery Representative
    • American College of Surgeons, Fellow (2013), Fellow
    • Vascular Surgery Fellowship (2014-2017), Assistant Program Director
    • UT PACT surgery Coordinator (2014-2017)
    • Society for Vascular Surgery, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2014-2017), Diversity and Inclusion Committee
    • UT Southwestern Mentoring Excellence Program (2015-2016)
    • UT Southwestern Medical School Admissions Committee (2015-2017)
    • Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, Finance Committee (2015-2017), Finance Committee
    • Society for Vascular Surgery, Post Graduate Committee (2015-2017), Post Graduate Committee
    • Society for Vascular Surgery, Leadership Committee (2015-2017), Leadership Committee
    • Society for Vascular Surgery, Committee on Consensus Guidelines for Radiation Safety (2015-2017), Committee on Consensus Guidelines for Radiation Safety
    • Medical Student Education Research Advisory Committee (2016-2017)
    • Joint Commission (2016), Technical Advisory Council for Joint Commission, focused on Fluoroscopy and Standard Survey Processes for Diagnostic Imagery
  • Awards and Honors

    • Best Doctors in Collin County 2021, D Magazine
    • D Magazine Best Doctor 2016-2020
    • Leadership Emerging in Academic Department (LEAD) Program, UT Southwestern Medical Center 2014-2015
    • Society for Vascular Surgery Women's Leadership Award 2015
    • S. Timothy String Award 2015, Best Manuscript Presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery