Researcher Profile

Thomas J. Kearney, MD, FACS

Director of Breast Care Services at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Associate Professor of Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1914

Email: kearney@cinj.rutgers.edu

Assistant: Kim Jacobs
(732) 235-8524
Email: jacobskm@cinj.rutgers.edu

Research Program Alignments

Membership Type: Associate


Research Interests

  • Accelerated partial breast radiation therapy
  • Breast conserving surgery for cancer
  • Immediate breast reconstruction
  • Minimally invasive breast biopsy
  • Nipple areola sparing mastectomy
  • Pre-operative therapy to increase breast conservation rates
  • Sentinel node mapping and biopsy
  • Skins sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction
  • Surgeon directed ultrasound for biopsy and intraoperative guidance

Selected Publications

Shaikh T, Narra V, Goyal S, Ahlawat S, Kirstein L, Kearney T, Haffty BG, Khan AJ. Lumpectomy Closure Technique Does Not Affect Dosimetry in Patients Undergoing External-Beam-Based Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation. Ann Surg Oncol 2013; 20(4):1323-1328.

Khan AJ, Vicini FA, Brown S, Haffty BG, Kearney TJ, Dale R, Lyden M and Arthur D. Dosimetric feasibility and acute toxicity in a prospective trial of ultra-short course accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) using a multi-lumen balloon brachytherapy device. Annals Surg Oncol 2013; 20(4):1295-1301.

Robinson JD, Hoover DR, Venetis M, Kearney TJ, Street R. Consultations between patients with breast cancer: a pathway from patient-centered communication to reduced hopelessness. J Clin Oncol 2013; 31(3):351-358.

Yue N, Haffty B, Kearney T, Kirstein L, Chen S, Goyal S. Tracking the dynamic seroma cavity using fiducial markers in patients treated with accelerated partial breast irradiation using 3-D conformal radiotherapy. Medical Physics 2013; 40(2):021717

Venetis MK, Robinson JD, Kearney T. Consulting with a Surgeon Prior to Breast Cancer Surgery: Patient Question Asking and Satisfaction.Journal of Health Communication 2013 (in press)

Venetis, MK, Robinson JD, Kearney T. Breast-cancer patients’ participation behavior and coping during pre-surgical consultations: A pilot study. Health Communication 2012 (in press)

Azu M, Goyal S, Patel U, Haffty B, Kearney T.  Has placement of surgical clips in the lumpectomy bed fallen out of favor? Ann Surg Oncol 2011; 18(6):1529-1532

Shaikh T, Chen T, Khan AJ, Yue N, Kearney T, Cohler A, Haffty BG, Goyal S. Improvement in inter-observer accuracy in delineation of the lumpectomy cavity using fiducial markers. Int J Rad Onc Bio Phy 2010; 78(4):1127-1134.

Egorov V, Kearney T, Pollak S, Rohatgi C, Sarazyan N, Airapetian S, Browning S, Sarvazyan A. Differentiation of benign and malignant breast lesions by mechanical imaging. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 2009; 118(1):67-80.

Goyal S, Kearney T, Haffty B. Current application and research directions for partial breast irradiation. Oncology 2007; 21(4):449-461.

Haffty B, Yang Q, Reiss M, Kearney T, Higgins S, Weidhaas J, Harris L, Hait W, Toppmeyer D. Local-regional relapse and distant metastasis in conservatively managed triple negative early stage breast cancer. JCO 2006; 24(36):5652-5657

Kearney TJ, Gabel M, August DA. Lumpectomy plus tamoxifen with or without irradiation in older women. Am J Onc Rev 2005; 4(3):139-146.

Kearney TJ. Discerning Small Differences in Treatment Options - A Number Needed to Treat Analysis of Sentinel Lymph Node vs. Axillary Lymph Node Dissection for Early-Stage Breast Cancer. Am J Onc Rev 2003; 2:390-392.

Chin KV, Toppmeyer D, Kearney T, Reiss M, Lattime E, Hait WN. A genomic approach to the treatment of breast cancer. In: Lattime E, Gerson S. Gene Therapy of Cancer: Translational Approaches from Preclinical Studies to Clinical Implementation, 2nd edition. San Diego: Academic Press 2002.

Kearney TJ, August DA. Local-regional recurrence in breast cancer. pp. 245-254 in: Torosian M. Breast Cancer – A Guide to Detection and Multidisciplinary Therapy. Totowa, New Jersey: The Humana Press 2002.

Bash-Babula J, Toppmeyer D, Labassi M, Reidy J, Orlick M, Senzon R, Alli E, Kearney T, August D, Shih W, Yang JM, Hait W. A phase I/pilot study of sequential doxorubicin/vinorelbine: effects on p53 and microtubule-associated protein 4. Clin Cancer Res 2002; 8(5):1057-1064.

Moore MM, Burak W, Nelson EW, Kearney T, Simmons R, Spotnitz WD. Fibrin sealant reduces the amount and duration of fluid drainage following axillary lymphadenectomy. J Am Coll Surg 2001; 192(5): 591-599.

August DA, Kearney TJ. Phyllodes tumors of the breast. Surg Oncology 2000; 9: 49-52.

DeSombre ER, Hughes A, Hanson RN, Kearney T. Therapy of estrogen receptor-positive micrometastases in the peritoneal cavity with Auger electron-emitting estrogens: theoretical and practical considerations. Acta Oncologica 2000; 39:659-666.

Kearney TJ, August DA. The natural history of treated breast cancer: the foundation of clinical decision making. In: Hait WN, August DA, Haffty BG. Expert Consultations in Breast Cancer; Critical Pathways and Clinical Decision Making. New York: Marcel Dekker, 1999.

Parmer TG, Ward EJ, Yurkow EJ, Vyas VH, Kearney TJ, Hait WN. Activity and regulation by growth factors of calmodulin-dependent protein kinase III (elongation factor 2-kinase) in human breast cancer. Br J Cancer 1999; 79:59-64.

Kearney T, Hughes A, Hanson R, DeSombre E. Radiotoxicity of Auger electron emitting estrogens for MCF-7 spheroids: a potential treatment for estrogen receptor positive tumors. Radiation Research 1999; 151:570-579.

August DA, DiPaola RS, Kearney TJ, Hait WN. A model of comprehensive diagnosis and care for patients with breast cancer.  New Jersey Medicine 1996; 93:27-34.

Kearney TJ, Morrow M.  Effect of re-excision on the success of breast-conserving surgery.  Annals of Surgical Oncology 1995; 2(4):303-307.

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