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Matt L. Kirkland, III, M.D.
Gastrointestinal Surgery

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Administrative Office:
Pennsylvania Hospital
800 Walnut Street, Floor 20
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Administrative Assistant: Donna Hartey
Administrative Telephone: 215-829-8455
Administrative Fax:215-829-5350

Clinical Office:
Pennsylvania Hospital
800 Walnut Street, Floor 20
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Clinical Telephone: 215-829-8455
Clinical Fax: 215-829-5350

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In practice at Pennsylvania Hospital since 1988, Matt L. Kirkland, MD has developed a practice focused on gastrointestinal and oncologic surgery. This includes surgical management of benign and malignant diseases of the breast, endocrine surgery, surgery of the gastrointestinal tract including complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic procedures (gall bladder, liver, bile duct, and pancreas), and abdominal wall hernias. As one of the first surgeons in the region doing laparoscopic general surgery he has acquired extensive experience with the minimally invasive approach for cholecystectomy, colon resection, splenectomy, antireflux surgery, esophageal myotomy, partial gastrectomy, abdominal wall hernias, and laparoscopic staging of abdominal malignancies.


Dr. Kirkland is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. His papers and presentations have focused on laparoscopic cholecystectomy and its complications, the role of laparoscopy in the diagnosis and management of abdominal malignancies, and the surgical management of esophageal carcinoma.

Dr. Kirkland was listed in Philadelphia magazine's "top doc's" for 2002.

Faculty Appointments
2002 - present Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1997 - 2000 Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1994 - 1997 Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1994 - 1997 Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1988 - 1994 Clinical Instructor in Surgery
University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2006 - 2015 Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery Program
Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2002 - present Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1991 - 2000 Wills Eye Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1990 - 2000 Methodist Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1989 -present Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1988 - present Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1979 - 1983 MD Jefferson Medical College/Thomas Jefferson
University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1975 - 1979 BA Washington and Jefferson College
Washington, Pennsylvania
Majors: Biology, Philosophy
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
2006 LAB-BAND, Adjustable Gastric Banding System Workshop
New York, New York
1996 Advanced Laparoscopic Gastric Program
Ethicon Endo- Surgery, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
1990 Operative Laparoscopy and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy - Laser Centers of America
1983 - 1988 Residency, General Surgery
Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
National Societies:
  American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  American Medical Association
  American Society of Abdominal Surgeons (Fellow)
  American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  American Society of General Surgeons
  International College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Local Societies
  Pennsylvania Medical Society
  Philadelphia County Medical Society
Research Publications, Peer-Reviewed
  1. Azurin DJ, Go LS, Maslack M, Kirkland ML.  Bile leak following laparoscopic chole-cystectomy.  Journal of Laparoscopic Surgery 5(4):233-236, Aug. 1995.
  2. Azurin DJ, Go LS, Arroyo LR, Kirkland ML.  Trocar site herniation following laparo-scopic cholecystectomy and the significance of an incidental preexisting umbilical hernia.  The American Surgeon 61(8):718-720, Aug. 1995.
  3. Ahmad SA, Schuricht AL, Azurin DJ, Arroyo LR, Paskin DL, Bar AH, Kirkland ML.  Complications of laparoscopic cholecystectomy: The experience of a university affiliated teaching hospital.  Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques, Part A 7(1):29-35, Feb. 1997.
  4. Azurin DJ, Go LS, Kirkland ML.  Palliative gastric transposition following pharyngo-laryngoesophagectomy.  The American Surgeon 63(5):410-413, May 1997.
  5. Martin AE, Azurin DJ, Kirkland ML.  Feasibility, efficacy, and role of laparoscopic common bile duct exploration.  Accepted for publication in The Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 2002.
  6. Kolakowski S Jr, Schuricht AL, Wernsing DS, Kirkland ML. Effect on anastomotic leak rate with the use of continuous positive airway pressure in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients.            -    Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons 2005 Scientific Session and Postgraduate Conference.   April 13, 2005
  7. Stephen Kolakowski Jr, MD; Matt L. Kirkland, MD; Alan L. Schuricht, MD  Routine Postoperative Upper Gastrointestinal Series  After Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass  Determination of Whether It Is Necessary ARCH SURG/VOL 142 (NO. 10), OCT 2007
  8. Kolakowski S Jr, Kirkland ML, Schuricht AL.  Routine postoperative upper gastrointestinal series after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: Determination of whether it is necessary.  Archives of Surgery 142(10):930-934, Oct. 2007.
  9. Azurin DJ, Schuricht AL, Stoldt HS, Kirkland ML, Paskin DL, Bar AH.  Small bowel obstruction following endoscopic extraperitoneal-preperitoneal herniorrhaphy.  [Review]  Journal of Laparoscopic Surgery 51(4):263-266, Aug. 1995.
Research Publications, Non-Peer-Reviewed
  1. Azurin DJ, Go LS, Kirkland ML.  Laparoscopic evaluation of the liver.  Surgical Rounds 406-411, Oct. 1995.
  2. Kirkland, Matt L.  The role of deep neuromuscular blockade in surgical procedures. AANA Journal, December, 2013.
Abstracts (last three years)
  1. Reversal and recovery from neuromuscular blockade: examining the science. Vindico Medical Education sponsored by Merck & Company, Inc. August 29, 2012 (monograph)
Editorials, Chapters and Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Isaacson G, Mansfield PF, Kirkland ML.  An atraumatic technique for diagnostic phlebotomy.  [Letter]  New England Journal of Medicine 313(23):1478, Dec. 5, 1985
  2. Kirkland, ML.  Access options for enteral and parenteral nutrition.  Chap. 16 in Skipper, AL (ed.):  The Dietitian's Handbook of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition.  Rockville, MD: Aspen Publications, 1989, 263-277.
  3. Fosnot, J, Kirkland, ML. Ventral Herniorrhaphy. In Roses, RE, et al, Gowned and Gloved Surgery. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2009, pp 27-34.
Web Based Educational Materials
  1. Reversal and Recovery from Neuromuscular Blockade: Examining the Science - Glenn S. Murphy, MD, Moderator; Aaron F. Kopman, MD; Mohamed Naguib, MD; Matthew L. Kirkland, MD, FACS  CME Released: 11/06/2012; Valid for credit through 11/06/2013
  2. Improving Outcomes in Laparoscopic Surgery: Focus on Deep Neuromuscular Blockade - Matt L. Kirkland, MD, FACS, Course Chair/Moderator; Victor L. Carpiniello, MD, FACS; Randolph B. Deger, MD; Mohamed Naguib, MB, BCh, MSc, FCARCSI, MD, CME Released: 12/09/2013 ; Valid for credit through 12/09/2014 (course chairman)
Awards, Honors And Membership In Honorary Societies
1982 Gibbon Surgical Society
1982  Hobart Armory Hare Medical Honor Society
1979 Phi Sigma, National Honor Society in Biology
1979  Phi Sigma Tau, National Honor Society in Philosophy
1979 Magna cum laude

Dr. Matt Kirkland

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