Kimberly Lynn Blackwell, MD

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine
Campus mail Duke Box 3893, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 668-1748
Email address

Breast cancer angiogenesis
Breast cancer in younger women
Hormonal therapy
Neoadjurant therapy for breast cancer

Current Clinical Investigations

Principal Investigator, A Phase I-II Study of Neoadjuvant Evacet/Paclitaxel/Hyperthermia in Locally Advanced Breast Cancer Patients.

Investigator, Development of Screening Markers for Breast Cancer using Circulating Immune Complexes: Collaborative Study with Diagen Medical Technologies.

Principal Investigator, Use of Plasma D-Dimer as a Predictive Marker in Colorectal Carcinoma: Correlative Science Study with Genentech, Inc.

Principal Investigator, A randomized, Phase II study of gabapentin or glutamine to prevent the peripheral neuropathy/myalgia associated with weekly taxol administration in metastatic breast and lung cancer.

Investigator, A Phase 2, Randomized, Double-Masked, Multicenter Study of Two Dose Levels of ERA-923 for the treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women who have failed Tamoxifen therapy. Genetics Institute.

Investigator, A Phase I Study of Combined Doxil/Hyperthermia in Stage IV Breast Cancer.

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Hematology-Oncology, Medicine, Duke University, 1997 - 2000
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, Duke University, 1994 - 1997
  • M.D., Mayo School of Health Sciences, 1994


Craciunescu, O. I., E. L. Jones, K. L. Blackwell, T. Z. Wong, E. L. Rosen, Z. Vujaskovic, J. R. MacFall, et al. “Characterizing tumor changes during neoadjuvant treatment of locally advanced breast cancer patients (LABC) using dynamicenhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI).” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie 5698 (August 16, 2005): 116–25.

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Burris, Howard A., Herbert I. Hurwitz, E Claire Dees, Afshin Dowlati, Kimberly L. Blackwell, Bert O’Neil, Paul K. Marcom, et al. “Phase I safety, pharmacokinetics, and clinical activity study of lapatinib (GW572016), a reversible dual inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinases, in heavily pretreated patients with metastatic carcinomas..” J Clin Oncol 23, no. 23 (August 10, 2005): 5305–13.

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Spector, Neil L., Wenle Xia, Howard Burris, Herbert Hurwitz, E Claire Dees, Afshin Dowlati, Bert O’Neil, et al. “Study of the biologic effects of lapatinib, a reversible inhibitor of ErbB1 and ErbB2 tyrosine kinases, on tumor growth and survival pathways in patients with advanced malignancies..” J Clin Oncol 23, no. 11 (April 10, 2005): 2502–12.

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Daniel, B. R., and K. Blackwell. “Ectopic breast cancer: Rare, treatable, and potentially curable.” Community Oncology 2, no. 2 (January 1, 2005): 120–22.

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Chu, Isabel, Kimberly Blackwell, Susie Chen, and Joyce Slingerland. “The dual ErbB1/ErbB2 inhibitor, lapatinib (GW572016), cooperates with tamoxifen to inhibit both cell proliferation- and estrogen-dependent gene expression in antiestrogen-resistant breast cancer..” Cancer Res 65, no. 1 (January 1, 2005): 18–25.


Craciunescu, O., K. Blackwell, T. Wong, E. Rosen, T. Raidy, E. Jones, Z. Vujaskovic, et al. “SU‐EE‐A2‐06: Non‐Contact, Non‐Invasive Breast Thermography Has Potential to Evaluate Treatment Response in Breast Cancer Patients.” In Medical Physics, Vol. 32, 2005.

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Rosen, E. L., K. L. Blackwell, J. A. Baker, and S. G. Orel. “Accuracy of MRI in the detection of residual breast cancer after neoadjuvant chemotherapy.” Breast Diseases 15, no. 2 (July 1, 2004): 140–42.


Blackwell, Kimberly, Herbert Hurwitz, Grazyna Liebérman, William Novotny, Stacey Snyder, Mark Dewhirst, and Charles Greenberg. “Circulating D-dimer levels are better predictors of overall survival and disease progression than carcinoembryonic antigen levels in patients with metastatic colorectal carcinoma..” Cancer 101, no. 1 (July 1, 2004): 77–82.

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Alvarez Secord, Angeles, Robyn Sayer, Stacey A. Snyder, Gloria Broadwater, Gustavo C. Rodriguez, Andrew Berchuck, and Kimberly Blackwell. “The relationship between serum vascular endothelial growth factor, persistent disease, and survival at second-look laparotomy in ovarian cancer..” Gynecol Oncol 94, no. 1 (July 2004): 74–79.

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Blackwell, Kimberly L., Mark W. Dewhirst, Vlayka Liotcheva, Stacey Snyder, Gloria Broadwater, Rex Bentley, Anita Lal, et al. “HER-2 gene amplification correlates with higher levels of angiogenesis and lower levels of hypoxia in primary breast tumors..” Clin Cancer Res 10, no. 12 Pt 1 (June 15, 2004): 4083–88.

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