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


Hamilton, Erika, Timothy M. Clay, and Kimberly L. Blackwell. “New perspectives on zoledronic acid in breast cancer: potential augmentation of anticancer immune response.” Cancer Invest 29, no. 8 (October 2011): 533–41.

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Herold, Christina I., Vijaya Chadaram, Bercedis L. Peterson, P Kelly Marcom, Judith Hopkins, Gretchen G. Kimmick, Justin Favaro, et al. “Phase II trial of dasatinib in patients with metastatic breast cancer using real-time pharmacodynamic tissue biomarkers of Src inhibition to escalate dosing.” Clin Cancer Res 17, no. 18 (September 15, 2011): 6061–70.

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Xia, Wenle, Zuguo Liu, Rongrong Zong, Leihua Liu, Sumin Zhao, Sarah S. Bacus, Yubin Mao, et al. “Truncated ErbB2 expressed in tumor cell nuclei contributes to acquired therapeutic resistance to ErbB2 kinase inhibitors.” Mol Cancer Ther 10, no. 8 (August 2011): 1367–74.

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Morse, Michael A., Robert Chapman, John Powderly, Kimberly Blackwell, Tibor Keler, Jennifer Green, Renee Riggs, et al. “Phase I study utilizing a novel antigen-presenting cell-targeted vaccine with Toll-like receptor stimulation to induce immunity to self-antigens in cancer patients.” Clin Cancer Res 17, no. 14 (July 15, 2011): 4844–53.

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Gatza, Michael L., Hsiu-Ni Kung, Kimberly L. Blackwell, Mark W. Dewhirst, Jeffrey R. Marks, and Jen-Tsan Chi. “Analysis of tumor environmental response and oncogenic pathway activation identifies distinct basal and luminal features in HER2-related breast tumor subtypes.” Breast Cancer Res 13, no. 3 (June 7, 2011): R62.

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Morse, Michael A., Angeles A. Secord, Kimberly Blackwell, Amy C. Hobeika, Gomathinayagam Sinnathamby, Takuya Osada, Julie Hafner, et al. “MHC class I-presented tumor antigens identified in ovarian cancer by immunoproteomic analysis are targets for T-cell responses against breast and ovarian cancer.” Clin Cancer Res 17, no. 10 (May 15, 2011): 3408–19.

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Hamilton, Erika P., and Kimberly L. Blackwell. “Safety of bevacizumab in patients with metastatic breast cancer.” Oncology 80, no. 5–6 (2011): 314–25.

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Anders, Carey K., Cheng Fan, Joel S. Parker, Lisa A. Carey, Kimberly L. Blackwell, Nancy Klauber-DeMore, and Charles M. Perou. “Breast carcinomas arising at a young age: unique biology or a surrogate for aggressive intrinsic subtypes?” J Clin Oncol 29, no. 1 (January 1, 2011): e18–20.

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Adamo, Barbara, Allison M. Deal, Emily Burrows, Joseph Geradts, Erika Hamilton, Kimberly L. Blackwell, Chad Livasy, et al. “Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase pathway activation in breast cancer brain metastases.” Breast Cancer Res 13, no. 6 (2011): R125.

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Hamilton, E. P., and K. L. Blackwell. “Third-generation aromatase inhibitors: Differences between the agents and their role in reducing the risk of distant metastasis and improving survival.” European Journal of Clinical and Medical Oncology 2, no. 4 (December 1, 2010).