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1936 - 2020

David Kinne, M.D., 1936-2020

David Kinne, MD, Chief of the Breast Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 1979-1993 died on March 14, 2020 at the age of 83. Dr. Kinne, known as a consummate gentleman to both his patients and his peers, helped to establish the standards for breast cancer care in the 1980s. A generation of surgical oncologists developed an appreciation for the complexity of breast cancer while training on his service, and many of these individuals have gone on to become todays leaders in breast cancer care. Under Dr. Kinne’s leadership the foundations of the multidisciplinary evidence-based approach to breast cancer management in use today at Memorial were developed, and he was the surgical editor of the first edition of the influential multidisciplinary textbook Diseases of the Breast. In addition, to membership in the American Surgical Association, Dr. Kinne was a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the International College of Surgeons, and the Societe Internationale de Chirurgie.

David Kinne received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and after service in the United States Navy attended medical school at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, graduating summa cum laude. Following a residency in general surgery at Presbyterian Hospital, including serving as chief resident from 1969-1970, he became a transplant fellow at the University of Minnesota, simultaneously serving as a Staff Surgeon at the Minneapolis VA Hospital. Dr. Kinne joined the faculty at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York in 1971, becoming Chief of the Breast Service in 1979 and Professor of Surgery at Cornell Medical College in 1992. After leaving Memorial in 1993, he served as Chief of the Breast Service at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center from 1997-2001 where he was Professor of Surgery. He became the David V Habif Professor of Surgery in 1998, and Emeritus Professor upon his retirement. In retirement, he took great pleasure in his role as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, specializing in musical instruments, great sculpture and the ancient Near East. Dr. Kinne is survived by Kathleen, his wife of 35 years and 3 children.