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V. Suzanne Klimberg M.D.

V. Suzanne Klimberg, MD is the Muriel Balsam Kohn Chair in Breast Surgical Oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Professor of Surgery and Pathology, Director of Diseases of the Breast Fellowship and Director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program and has over 250 publications.  Her research has been funded from the National of Institutes Health, VA Merit Review, Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, the Department of Defense, the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) and QVC and the Tenenbaum Research Foundation.

Dr. Klimberg serves on the editorial boards for the Annals of Surgery, Journal of Surgery, Journal of Surgical Oncology, Breast Disease Quarterly, and she is Breast Section Editor for Annals of Surgical Oncology.   She is a Director of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) representing the American Surgical and a Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) representing the American Board Surgery.  Dr. Klimberg is the former President of the Association of Academic Surgery (AAS), Vice President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, sits on the Breast Committee of the National Surgical Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), and a member of the NAPBC that is striving to improve quality of breast cancer care nationwide.  She is also President-Elect of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS).

Dr. Klimberg developed an innovative procedure called axillary reverse mapping (ARM) to prevent one of the most common side effects associated with breast cancer treatment–lymphedema or swelling of the arms due to faulty drainage of the lymph system. Her other research interests focus on the role of glutamine in prevention of breast cancer and the side-effects of breast cancer treatment, the role of biomarkers in tears for detecting breast cancer, and radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of breast cancer.