TEDxManhattanBeach: Kevin Kelly

Dr. Kevin Kelly

Radiologist and Inventor

Dr. Kevin Kelly is passionate and dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer. His goal is to educate women about the importance of understanding their breast type so they can make informed decisions about their screening options.

Dr. Kelly is the Medical Director of The Breast Ultrasound Center in Pasadena, CA, and has been in private practice as a diagnostic radiologist for 34 years. He was Director of Breast Imaging at Huntington Huntington-Hill Breast Center in Pasadena for 20 years.

Dr. Kelly is one of this country’s leading authorities on using ultrasound to detect cancers in women with dense breast tissue and/or implants. Since 1993, he has been conducting clinical research on the discovery and characterization of breast cancer by ultrasound, and in 1997 began his journey to develop SonoCiné AWBUS (Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound). Launched in 2000, SonoCiné Inc. has been instrumental in identifying numerous very small cancers that were not detected by mammography, thus saving many lives and avoiding unnecessary chemotherapy treatments in many women.

Dr. Kelly earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Georgetown University. He completed his Medical Degree at St. Louis University, followed by an internship and two years residency in diagnostic radiology at the St. Louis University Service of St. Louis City Hospital. Dr. Kelly was a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. He was the Leo G. Rigler Center Research Fellow at UCLA from 1973 to 1974 and completed his final year of residency at the Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles.

2016 Talk

The Future of Breast Cancer Detection Is Already Here

Calling all women with dense breasts or implants: Your small, curable cancers are often missed by mammography. Following Dr. Papanicolaou’s 30-year struggle to gain acceptance of the Pap smear for detection of cervical cancer, Dr. Kelly is working to do the same for an automated ultrasound technology that finds cancers when they are very small and very curable.