Kimberly A Fitzpatrick
- Associate Professor, Medical Imaging - (Clinical Scholar Track)
- Co-Director, Tucson Breast Center
As a junior faculty member in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona, I work with a dedicated team of breast care and breast research specialists with an overarching goal of improving methods for diagnosing and treating breast cancer. From an imaging and diagnostics standpoint, I have taken a lead role in implementing various clinical programs at our breast imaging center, including: a comprehensive breast MRI program with ongoing work to capture high-risk patients who will benefit from intensified screening; real-time specimen imaging during core needle biopsies to improve sampling accuracy and patient experience; ultrasound-guided cryoablation for the treatment of breast fibroadenomas as an alternative to surgery; and breast tomosynthesis (3D) mammography to decrease the rate of false positive mammogram interpretations. I have and continue to serve as a collaborator on multiple studies, including NIH funded studies at our institution and the I-SPY2 national clinical trial, mainly in the roles of patient recruitment, procurement of breast tissue specimens through ultrasound-guided core needle biopsies, breast imaging interpretation and clinical consulting. As a fellowship-trained breast radiologist with many years of dedicated clinical breast imaging experience, I am particularly well suited to work towards the future translation of data obtained from the successful completion of these projects into clinical practice. These efforts extend to involving trainees, including medical students, residents and fellows, in their own research projects. In addition, I am dedicated to the clinical training future generations of radiologists through our Radiology Residency Program, as well as medical students and residents from other services, and I have been instrumental in developing an updated, comprehensive teaching curriculum for our residents. I present an annual lecture to students in the College of Medicine to introduce them to the basic concepts of screening and diagnostic breast imaging, and I also co-direct our Breast Imaging Fellowship Program, helping to meet the current high demand for subspecialty-trained breast imagers. However, I consider my clinical work to be my main responsibility, caring for patients at the Breast Center with a compassionate, hands-on and team oriented approach, with a constant goal of providing the highest possible level of technical and personal care.
- M.D. Medicine
- Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
- B.S. Microbiology
- University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States
- Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Department of Medical Imaging (2009 - Ongoing)
- Associate Radiologist, Arizona Women's Imaging (2006 - 2009)
- Assistant Professor of Radiology, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Department of Radiology (2005 - 2006)
- Norris Cotton Cancer Center Student Research Assistantship
- Dartmouth Medical School, Summer 1995
- Promotion to Rank of Associate Professor
- University of Arizona College of Medicine, Fall 2017
- Top Doctor Award
- Castle Connolly, Spring 2017
- Castle Connolly, Spring 2016
- Castle Connolly, Spring 2015
- Faculty Mentoring Award (nomination)
- University of Arizona College of Medicine, Spring 2016 (Award Nominee)
- George R. Barnes Department of Medical Imaging Resident Teaching Award, Honorable Mention
- UA COM Department of Medical Imaging, Spring 2013
- ASCO/AACR Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop
- ASCO/AACR, Summer 2005
- RSNA/AUR/ARRS Introduction to Research Program
- American Roentgen Ray Society, Spring 2002
Licensure & Certification
- Diplomate, United States Medical Licensing Examiners (2000)
- Board Certification, Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology (2004)
- Arizona Medical License, Arizona Board of Medical Examiners (2002)
Breast Imaging, Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, Breast MRI, Cryoablation, Breast Cancer Screening Outcomes
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- Borders, M. H., Cheng, L., Fitzpatrick, K. A., & Krupinski, E. (2016). Patient compliance in the setting of BI-RADS Category 3: What factors impact compliance with short-term follow-up recommendations?. The Breast Journal.
- Fitzpatrick, K. A., Nguyen, D., & Hans, R. (2014). Innovative Visualization and Segmentation Approaches for Telemedicine. Proceedings of SPIE, 9214.
- Krupinski, E., Borders, M. H., & Fitzpatrick, K. A. (2013). Processing Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Specimens: Impact of Specimen Radiography System on Workflow.. The Breast Journal, 1-2..
- Nguyen, D., Roehrig, H., Borders, M. H., Fitzpatrick, K. A., & Roveda, J. M. (2013). Efficient image acquisition design for a cancer detection system.. Proceedings of SPIE. doi:10.117/12.2029781
- Fitzpatrick, K. A., Taljanovic, M. S., Speer, D. P., Graham, A. R., Jacobson, J. A., Barnes, G. R., & Hunter, T. B. (2004). Imaging findings of fibrous dysplasia with histopathologic and intraoperative correlation. AJR. American journal of roentgenology, 182(6), 1389-98.
- Taljanovic, M. S., Hunter, T. B., Fitzpatrick, K. A., Krupinski, E. A., & Pope, T. L. (2003). Musculoskeletal magnetic resonance imaging: importance of radiography. Skeletal radiology, 32(7), 403-11.More infoTo determine the usefulness of radiography for interpretation of musculoskeletal (MSK) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies. DESIGNS AND PATIENTS: In a 1-year period, 1,030 MSK MRI studies were performed in 1,002 patients in our institution. For each study, the interpreting radiologist completed a questionnaire regarding the availability and utility of radiographs, radiological reports and clinical information for the interpretation of the MRI study.
- Taljanovic, M. S., Hunter, T. B., Krupinski, E. A., Alcala, J. N., Fitzpatrick, K. A., & Ovitt, T. W. (2003). Academic radiology: the reasons to stay or leave. Academic radiology, 10(12), 1461-8.More infoTo find major reasons why junior academic radiologists leave academia for private practice and to suggest future changes to motivate them to stay.
- Fitzpatrick, K. A., DiFlorio, R. M., & Steven, P. P. (1999). Predictive Value of Breast Imaging for Palpable Masses. American Journal of Roentgenology, 172, 89.
- Nia, E. S., Fitzpatrick, K. A., & Borders, M. H. (2017, May). Clinical and Imaging Outcomes of Ultrasound Guided Cryoablation of Fibroadenomas. AUR (Association of University Radiologists) Annual Meeting. Hollywood, FL: AUR.
- Lee, E. S., Ley, M. B., Viscusi, R. K., Waer, A. L., Borders, M. H., & Fitzpatrick, K. A. (2015, April 29). Use of Multiple Wire Localization for Breast Conservation Therapy. 14th Annual Association of Breast Surgeons Meeting. Orlando, FL.
- Lee, E. S., Safavi, A., Viscusi, R. K., Ley, M. B., Borders, M. H., Fitzpatrick, K. A., & Waer, A. L. (2015, April). Use of Multiple Wire Localization for Breast Conservation Surgery. American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL: American Society of Breast Surgeons and Annals of Surgical Oncology.
- Fitzpatrick, K. A. (2003, May). Imaging Findings Of Fibrous Dysplasia With Histopathologic And Intraoperative Correlation. 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society. San Diego, CA: American Roentgen Ray Society.
- Borders, M. H., Fitzpatrick, K. A., & Mcclenathan, J. H. (2015. Benign pilomatricoma of the breast(pp 24-26).