Dr. Kimberly Mackey

(757) 668-7990
Board Certifications

Medical School: Pritzker School of Medicine

Residency: University of Pittsburgh

Fellowship: University of Tennessee


Dr. Mackey's desire to be a surgeon began when she was 5. Along her educational journey, she decided on neurological surgery while at the University of Chicago.

She has a particular interest in international surgery and the advancement of pediatric neurosurgery in the developing world, having worked in Kenya, Uganda, South and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Mackey is most passionate about pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors, and spent years during her training in a neurooncology basic science laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She sought a fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to further pursue her clinical interest in this field.

Dr. Mackey joined CHKD having come from the University of New Mexico, where she served as both an adult and pediatric neurosurgeon, being the first-ever fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeon in the state as well as the only practicing pediatric neurosurgeon while there.

Her husband is an Air Force pilot, and the military has brought her family to the area. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their son.

Clinical Interests
  • Pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Spina bifida
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Endoscopic techniques for brain surgery
  • Pediatric neurotrauma
  • Epilepsy
  • Pediatric spine conditions

Research Areas
  • Molecularly Targeted Therapies for Malignant Gliomas

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons 

(Maiden name Kimberly Foster)

1. Grassham CD, Rady S, Foster KA, SantaCruz KS, Kuttesch JF, Maxwell JR. A Congenital Case of Ependymomblastoma: A Rare and Aggressive Brain Tumor. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol (e-pub ahead of print), 2018

2. McDowell MM, Lee PS, Foster KA, Greene S. The use of external ventricular drainage to reduce the frequency of wound complication following myelomeningocele closure. Pediatr Neurosurg (e-pub ahead of print), 2018

3. Lee RP, Foster KA, Lillard JC, Klimo P Jr, Ellison DW, Orr B, Boop FA. Surgical and molecular considerations in the treatment of pediatric thalamopeduncular tumors. J Neurosurg Pediatr 20(3):247-255, 2017

4. Foster KA, Choudhri A, Lingo R, Boop F. Melanotic Neuroectodermal Tumor of Infancy with Involvement of the Superior Sagittal Sinus. Pediatr Neurosurg 52(1):36-40, 2017

5. Foster KA, Ares WJ, Tempel ZJ, Grunwaldt L, Greene S. PHACE syndrome is associated with intracranial cavernous malformations. Childs Nervous Syst 32(8):1463-9, 2016

6. Foster KA, Shin SS, Prabhu B, Fredrickson A, Sekula RF. Calcium phosphate cement cranioplasty decreases the rate of CSF leak and wound infection compared to titanium mesh cranioplasty: retrospective study of 672 patients. Surg Neurol Int 7(26), 2016

7. Foster KA, Choi P, Deibert C, Gardner P, Engh J, Tyler-Kabara ET. Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy as Adjunctive Therapy in the Treatment of Low Pressure Hydrocephalus in Adults: Case series and Review of the Literature. World Neurosurg pii: S1878-8750(16), 2016

8. Foster KA, Jane EP, Premkumar DR, Morales A, Pollack IF. NVP-BKM120 potentiates apoptosis in tumor necrosis factor- related apoptosis-inducing ligand-resistant glioma cell lines via upregulation of Noxa and Death Receptor 5. Int J Oncol 47(2):506-16, 2015

9. Foster KA, Zwagerman NT, Greene S. Symptomatic thoracic arachnoid cyst with coexisting tick paralysis: case report and review of the literature. Pediatr Neurosurg 49(6):360-4, 2014

10. Foster KA, Ares WJ, Pollack IF, Jakacki RI. Bevacizumab for symptomatic radiation swelling in pediatric low grade gliomas. Pediatr Blood Cancer 62(2):240-245, 2014

11. Foster KA, Lam S, Lin Y, Greene S. Putative height acceleration following tethered cord release in children. J Neurosurg: Pediatr 14(6):626-34, 2014

12. Foster KA, Jane EP, Premkumar DR, Morales A, Pollack IF. ABT-737 synergizes with Vorinostat to induce apoptosis, mediated by Noxa upregulation, Bax activation and mitochondrial dysfunction in PTEN-intact malignant human glioma cell lines. J Neuroonc 120(3):459-72, 2015

13. Tian A, Foster KA, Jakacki RI, Greene S. Neurocutaneous melanosis is associated with tethered spinal cord. Childs Nerv Syst 31(1):115-21, 2015

14. Jane EP, Premkumar DR, Morales A, Foster KA, Pollack IF. Inhibition of Phosphatidylinositol 3- Kinase/AKT Signaling by NVP-BKM120 Promotes ABT-737-induced toxicity in a caspase- dependent manner through mitochondrial dysfunction and DNA damage response in established and primary cultured glioblastoma cells. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 350(1):22-35, 2014

15. Foster KA, Recker M, Lee P, Bell MJ, Tyler-Kabara E. Factors associated with hemispheric hypodensity after subdural hematoma following abusive head trauma in children. J Neurotrauma 31(19):1625-31, 2014

16. Sivak W, Gander B, Foster KA, MacIsaac Z, Greene S, Kumar A, Grunwaldt L. Abstract 59: Management of pediatric brachial plexus palsy: the role of nerve transfer combined with neuolysis or nerve grafting of the upper trunk. Plast Reconstr Surg 133(3 Suppl):70, 2014

17. Zwagerman NT, Foster KA, Jakacki R, Khan FH, Yock TI, Greene S. The development of moyamoya syndrome after proton beam therapy. Pediatr Blood Cancer 61(8):1490-2, 2014

18. Premkumar DR, Jane EP, Foster KA, Pollack IF. Survivin inhibitor YM-155 sensitizes tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand-resistant glioma cells to apoptosis through Mcl-1 downregulation and by engaging the mitochondrial death pathway. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 346:201-210, 2013

19. Straus D, Foster KA, Zimmerman F, Frim D. Chiari drop attacks: surgical decompression and the role of tilt table testing. Pediatr Neurosurg 45(5):384-389, 2009

20. Baroody FM, Foster KA, Markaryan A, deTineo M, Naclerio RM. Nasal ocular reflexes and eye symptoms in patients with allergic rhinitis. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 100(3):194-199, 2008

21. Foster KA, Frim DM, McKinnon M. Recurrence of synostosis following surgical repair of craniosynostosis. Plast Reconstr Surg 121(3):70-76, 2008

22. Ferguson SD, Foster KA, Yamini B. Convection-enhanced delivery for treatment of brain tumors. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther 7(12 Suppl):S79-85, 2007

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