Kimberly Kicielinski, a native of Pittsburgh, received a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon. While an undergraduate, she participated in varsity cross-country and track events. She conducted research in chondrocyte regeneration and the clinical pharmacology of chemotherapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute under Dr. Merrill Egorin. Dr. Kicielinski earned multiple publications and presentations for her work on a novel pharmacotherapy for renal cell carcinoma as well as a new chemotherapeutic regimen for glioblastoma. She obtained her medical degree from Penn State University in 2010. Kimberly was drawn to UAB neurosurgery for the well-rounded training opportunity: "I was overwhelmed by my visit to Birmingham. It was clear the program was busy, and I would see everything. Residents left with excellent operative skills, and the budding research focus meant that I would leave well-positioned for any career in academic neurosurgery." Kimberly's neurosurgical interests currently focus on cranial work. Outside of the hospital, Kimberly's favorite Birmingham attractions include the Sidewalk Film Festival, The Yoga Circle in Five Points, the Pepper Place Saturday Market, and her front porch.