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Bland Kirby SurgOnc

Professor Emeritus, Surgical Oncology
Fay Fletcher Kerner Chair Emeritus, Department of Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus, UAB Hospitals and Clinics
Distinguished Faculty Scholar, UAB School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Senior Advisor to the Director
O’Neal- UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus, American Journal of Surgery

Areas of Interest
breast cancer, chemoprevention




Kirby I. Bland, M.D., is a professor emeritus and chair emeritus in the UAB Department of Surgery. Dr. Bland is internationally renowned for his contributions to surgical oncology and for his distinguished career as a general surgeon, researcher and editor.

Dr. Bland’s research influence is far reaching. He has been a principal investigator or program leader of the Cancer Center’s National Institute of Health’s SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) on two prior cycles. His scientific focus and research remain that of targeted therapies and chemoprevention of breast cancer with the intent for advancement of innovation and translational science in clinical trials for breast cancer and melanoma.

Dr. Bland is a sought-after speaker - presenting at medical schools and teaching universities around the country as well as serving the local community.

He is the author or co-author of almost 600 journal publications, author or editor of 44 textbooks, including the largest-selling book on breast diseases, The Breast: Comprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Diseases. Dr. Bland has also served as president of most major surgical societies nationally.


Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners (1969)

The American Board of Surgery (1978)

The American Board of Surgery: Recertification (1991, 2000, 2011)

Selected Publications

L-Methionine inhibits growth of human pancreatic cancer cells.
Benavides MA1, Bosland MC, da Silva CP, Gomes Sares CT, de Oliveira AM, Kemp R, dos Reis RB, Martins VR, Sampaio SV, Bland KI, Grizzle WE, dos Santos JS.

Anticancer Drugs. 2014 Feb;25(2):200-3 24126240
Preserving surgical academia in the centenary of the Flexnerian Academic Health Center.
Bland KI.

Ann Surg. 2011 Sep;254(3):393-409. 21865941
Arch Surg. 2011 Feb;146(2):142.
Injection site mass following sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer.
Occurrence of prolonged injection site mass with methylene blue but not isosulfan blue after the sentinel node procedure.
Bland KI

Arch Surg. 2011 Feb;146(2):142. 21442786
Detection of human cytomegalovirus in normal and neoplastic breast epithelium.
Harkins LE1, Matlaf LA, Soroceanu L, Klemm K, Britt WJ, Wang W, Bland KI, Cobbs CS.

Herpesviridae. 2010 Dec 23;1(1):8 21429243
L-methionine-induced alterations in molecular signatures in MCF-7 and LNCaP cancer cells.
Benavides MA1, Hu D, Baraoidan MK, Bruno A, Du P, Lin S, Yang W, Bland KI, Grizzle WE, Bosland MC.

J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2011 Mar;137(3):441-53. 20454975
Salutary effects of 17beta-estradiol on Peyer's patch T cell functions following trauma-hemorrhage.
Kawasaki T1, Suzuki T, Choudhry MA, Bland KI, Chaudry IH.

Cytokine. 2010 Aug;51(2):166-72. 20400328
Epithelial transformation by KLF4 requires Notch1 but not canonical Notch1 signaling.
Liu Z1, Teng L, Bailey SK, Frost AR, Bland KI, LoBuglio AF, Ruppert JM, Lobo-Ruppert SM.

Cancer Biol Ther. 2009 Oct;8(19):1840-51.
Mechanism of the salutary effects of estrogen on kupffer cell phagocytic capacity following trauma-hemorrhage: pivotal role of Akt activation.
Hsieh CH1, Nickel EA, Chen J, Schwacha MG, Choudhry MA, Bland KI, Chaudry IH.

J Immunol. 2009 Apr 1;182(7):4406-14. 19299741
Estrogen prevents intestinal inflammation after trauma-hemorrhage via downregulation of angiotensin II and angiotensin II subtype I receptor.
Chen J1, Yang S, Hu S, Choudhry MA, Bland KI, Chaudry IH.

Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2008 Nov;295(5):G1131-7.


Medical School
University of Alabama

University of Florida College of Medicine
General Surgery

University of Florida College of Medicine
General Surgery

University of Texas / MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute
Fellow & Research Associate


Campus Address
BDB 517