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Sullivan, Kevin

Kevin Sullivan – MD



Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Personal Interests:

Hiking, backpacking, camping, skiing, and breweries.

Resident Bio:

Born and raised in Wisconsin, I went to instead at Penn where I also ran cross country and track. I completed medical school back in Wisconsin before coming out to the West Coast. I was drawn to Seattle for its combination of both city life but also proximity to mountains and the outdoors.

Undergraduate School:

University of Pennsylvania

Medical School:

Medical College of Wisconsin

General Surgery or Preliminary Program:

General Surgery

Clinical Interests:

Surgical Oncology, HPB

Professional Activities:

John and Helen Schilling Surgery Resident Research Endowment
Cancer Research Institute and Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation Research Fellowship


  1. Sullivan, KM et al. Macrophage-derived interleukin-10 is a reversible inhibitor of anti-tumor immunity in human solid gastrointestinal malignancy. Manuscript in preparation
  2. Sullivan, KM et al. Interleukin-10 potentiates anti-tumor activity of antigen-specific CAR-T cells in human solid gastrointestinal malignancy. Manuscript in preparation.
  3. Sullivan KM, Daniel SK et al. Reactivation of an immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment of fibrolamellar carcinoma. Manuscript in preparation.
  4. Yan X, Kenerson HL, Lausted C, Meng C, Sullivan KM, Baloni P, Bergey D, Pillarisetty VG, Hood L, Yeung RS*, Tian Q*. Chemotherapies modulate tumor immune microenvironment of human metastatic colorectal carcinoma. Manuscript in preparation.
  5. Ehlers AP, Sullivan KM, et al. Opioid Use Following Bariatric Surgery: Results of a Prospective Study. Obesity Surgery. 2019. Manuscript accepted for publication.
  6. Labadie KP, Sullivan KM, Daniel SK, Park JO, Yeung RY. Liver surgery – less is more. Laparosc Surg 2019;3:19. doi: 10.21037/ls.2019.05.01
  7. Turnham RE, Smith FD, Kenerson HL, Omar MH, Golkowski M, Garcia I, Bauer R, Lau HT, Sullivan KM, et al. An acquired scaffolding function of the DNAJ-PKAc fusion contributes to oncogenic signaling in fibrolamellar carcinoma. eLife. 2019 May 7;8. pii: e44187. doi: 10.7554/eLife.44187.
  8. Kenerson HL, Sullivan KM*, Seo YD*, Stadeli KM, et al. Tumor Slice Culture as a Biologic Surrogate of Human Cancer. Ann Transl Med. 2019. Manuscript accepted for publication.
  9. Riehle KJ, Kenerson HL, Riggle KM, Turnham R, Sullivan KM, Bauer R, Scott JD, Yeung RS. Neurotensin as a source of cyclic AMP and co-mitogen in fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma. Oncotarget. 2019 Aug 20;10(49):5092-5102. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.27149.
  10. Seo YD, Jiang X*, Sullivan KM*, Jalikis F, Smythe K, Abasi A, Vignali, M, Park JO, Daniel SK, Pollack S, Kim TS, Yeung RS, Crispe IN, Pierce R, Robbins H, Pillarisetty VG. Mobilization of CD8+ T cells via CXCR4 blockade facilitates PD-1 checkpoint therapy in human pancreatic cancer. Clin Cancer Res. April 2 2019 DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-0081
  11. Daniel SK, Sullivan KM, Labadie KP, Pillarisetty VG. Hypoxia as a barrier to immunotherapy in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Clin Transl Med. 2019 Apr 1;8(1):10. doi: 10.1186/s40169-019-0226-9.
  12. Kastenhuber ER, Craig J, Ramsey J, Sullivan KM, et al. Road map for fibrolamellar carcinoma: progress and goals of a diversified approach. Journal of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. 2019; 6: 41-48. doi: 10.2147/JHC.S194764
  13. Jiang X, Seo YD, Sullivan KM, Pillarisetty VG. Establishment of Slice Cultures as a Tool to Study the Cancer Immune Microenvironment. Cancer Immunosurveillance. Methods in Mol Biol. 2019; 1884:283-295. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-8885-3_20.
  14. Sullivan KM, Yeung RY. Minimally invasive therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma: narrowing the gaps. Hepatoma Res 2018;4:68. doi: 10.20517/2394-5079.2018.95
  15. Sullivan KM, Kenerson HL, Pillarisetty VG, Riehle KJ, Yeung RS. Precision oncology in liver cancer. Ann Transl Med. 2018 Jul;6(14):285. doi: 10.21037/atm.2018.06.14.
  16. Sullivan KM, editor. Fibrolamellar Carcinoma. NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders). Published May 2018. Accessed June 1, 2018.
  17. Sullivan KM, Groeschl RT, Turaga KK, Tsai S, Christians KK, White SB, Rilling WS, Pilgrim CH, Gamblin TC. Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio as a predictor of outcomes for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma: a Western perspective. J Surg Oncol. 2014 Feb;109(2):95-7. doi: 10.1002/jso.23448.
  18. Yano T, Kassovska-Bratinova S, Shin Tech J, Winkler J, Sullivan K, Issacs A, Schechter NM, Rubin H. Reduction of Clofazimine by Mycobacterial Type 2 NADH: Quinone Oxidoreductase. J Biol Chem. 2011 Mar 25;286(12): 10276-10287. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M110.200501.