V. Suzanne Klimberg, MD, PhD is Professor of Breast Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. Prior to UTMB, Dr. Klimberg was a professor of surgery and pathology in the UAMS College of Medicine. Her research interests include the use of radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of breast cancer; axillary reverse mapping for the prevention of the swelling known as lymphedema that often follows breast cancer surgery; the role of glutamine in the prevention of breast cancer; and the use of tears as a medium for breast cancer screening.
She is past president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Association of Academic Surgery. She is senior director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Klimberg also is founding director of the Breast Cancer Challenge, a multi-state, collaborative education and research conference held each July in Branson, Missouri. She has more than 200 publications in her name and serves on the editorial boards for the Annals of Surgery, Journal of Surgery and Breast Disease Quarterly. She serves as deputy editor for the Annals of Surgical Oncology and breast editor for the Journal of Surgical Oncology.