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Melissa L. Kirkwood, MD $$

Pediatric Vascular Surgeon

Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Languages Spoken:
UT Southwestern Pediatric Group


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.

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

Departments and Programs

Vascular Surgery
  • 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
  • Professional Activities

    • Annals of Vascular Surgery (2012)
    • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2011)
  • Awards and Honors

    • 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)