Carey Cullinane

Carey A. Cullinane, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
  • Surgical Oncologist

Carey A. Cullinane, M.D., M.P.H.

Clinical Specialties
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Breast Surgery
Areas of Expertise
  • Clinical Genetics
Patients rave about Carey A. Cullinane, M.D., M.P.H., praising her surgical skills, her extensive medical knowledge and her deep compassion.
Named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly, Dr. Cullinane says she became a surgical oncologist to help cancer patients get back to their normal lives. She shares the City of Hope credo of treating the whole person, not just the medical condition, and she is passionate about cancer prevention.
Dr. Cullinane received her medical training at Tulane University in New Orleans. For over a decade she's treated patients in private practice in Long Beach, California, while directing the Cancer Risk and Prevention program at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Cullinane is excited to return to City of Hope where she began her career in 2000, completing fellowships in surgical oncology and cancer genetics, as well as serving as a staff surgeon. She calls City of Hope “a wonderful community that feels like home.”
  • 2017-present, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, City of Hope South Bay, Torrance, CA
  • 2008-2017, Surgical Oncology, Private Practice, Long Beach, CA
  • 2003-2017, Director, Cancer Risk and Prevention Program, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Long Beach, CA
  • 2003-2008, Surgeon and Director of Cancer Genetics, Breastlink Medical Group, Long Beach, CA
  • 2002-2003, Surgeon, Division of General Oncologic Surgery, City of Hope, Duarte, CA

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City of Hope South Bay, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA, 90503

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  • 1995, M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • 1995, M.P.H., Health Systems Management, Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • 1990, B.A., Biochemistry, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA


  • 2001-2003, Clinical Cancer Genetics, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2000-2002, Surgical Oncology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA


  • 1995-2000, General Surgery, Tulane University Medical Center/Charity Hospital, New Orleans, LA


  • 1996, General Surgery, Tulane University Medical Center/Charity Hospital, New Orleans, LA

Peer Reviewed Publications

Weitzel JN, Lagos VI, Cullinane CA, Gambol PJ, Culver JO, Blazer KR, Palomares MR, Lowstuter KJ, MacDonald DJ. Limited family structure and BACA gene mutation status in single cases of breast cancer. JAMA 2007 June 20;297(23):2587-95.

Juarez G, Cullinane CA, Borneman T, Falabella A, Ferrell BR, Wagman LO, Lew M. Management of pain and nausea in outpatient surgery. Pain Manag Nurs 2005 Dec; 6(4):175-81.

Ferrell B, Cullinane CA, Ervine K, Melancon C, Uman GC, Juarez G. Perspectives on the Impact of ovarian cancer: women's views of quality of life. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2005 Nov 3;32(6):1143-9.

Cullinane CA. Marking improvements in the treatment of gastric cancer - where do we go from here? Cancer Invest. 2005:23(4):3TT-8.

Cullinane CA, Lubinski J. Neuhausen SL, Ghadirian P, Lynch HT, Isaacs C, Weber B, Moller P, Offit K, Kim-Sing C, Friedan E, Randall S, Pasini B, Ainsworth P, Gershoni­Baruch R. Foulkes WD, Kijn J, Tung N, Rennert G, Olopade 0, Couch F, WagnerT, Olsson H, Sun P, Weitzel JN, Narod SA. Effect of pregnancy as a risk factor in BACA 1/BRCA2 mutation carriers. Int J Cancer. 2005 Dec 20;117(6):988·91.

Cullinane CA, Paz 1B, Smith D, Carter N, Grannis FW. Prognostic factors in the surgical management of pericardia! effusion in the patient with concurrent malignancy. Chest 2004; 125(4):1328-1334.

Cullinane CA, Ellenhorn JD, Weitzel JN. Microsatellite Instability is a rare finding in tumors of patients with both primary renal and rectal neoplasms. Cancer Gen Cytogen 2004; 148(2):163-165.

Cullinane CA, Borneman T, Smith DD, Chu DZJ, Ferrell BR, Wagman LD. The Surgical Treatment of Cancer - A Comparison of Resource Utilization Following Procedures Performed with Curative or Palliative Intent. Cancer 2003;98(10): 2266-73.

Weitzel JN, Mccaffrey SM, Nedelcu R, MacDonald DJ1 Blazer KR, Cullinane CA. Impact of Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment on Surgical Decisions at Breast Cancer Diagnosis. Arch Surg 2003 138:1323-1328.

Ferrell BR, Chu DZJ, Wagman LO, Juarez G, Borneman T, Cullinane CA, McCahlll L. Patient and Surgeon Decision-Making Regarding Surgery for Advanced Cancer. Oncol Nurs Forum 2003 Nov·Dec; 30(6}: E106-14.

Ferrell BR, Smith SL, Cullinane CA, Melancon C. Symptom Concerns of Women with Ovarian Cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage 2003;25(6): 528-538.

Ferrell BR, Smith SL, Cullinane CA, Melancon C. Psychological Well Being and Quality of LHe in Ovarian Cancer Survivors. Cancer 2003;98(5):1061-71.

McCahill L, Smith D, Borneman T, Juarez G, Cullinane CA, ChuDZJ, Ferrell BR, Wagman LD. A prospective Evaluation of Palliative Outcomes for Surgery of Advanced Malignancies. Ann Surg Oncol 2003; July-Aug; 10(6):654-63.

Blair S, Grant M, Chu DZJ, Cullinane CA, Dean G, Schwarz R, Wagman LD. Quality of Life in Patients with Colorectal Metastasis and lntrahepatic Chemotherapy. Ann Surg Oncol 2003;10(2):144-9.

Bellows C, Hartz RS, Cullinane CA, Pigott JD. Cosmetic Approach to Anterior Mediastinal Masses. Ann Thorac Surg 2002;74:1724-1726.

Cullinane CA. Chu DZJ, Mamelak AN. Surgical Options in the Control of Cancer Pain. Cancer Practice. May/June 2002, Vol 1 o, Supp 1 S21-6.

Cullinane CA, Jarrahy R, Wilson TG, Ellenhorn JDI. Asymptomatic Renal Neoplasms in the Rectal Cancer Patient Am Surg 2001;67(12):1162-4.

Cullinane CA, Kovitz KL, Hartz RS. Late Mediastinal Shift After Repeated Aspiration of Post-Pneumonectomy Seroma. Chest 2001 ;119:975-977.

Madan AK, Yu K, Dhurnadhar N, Cullinane CA, Pang Y, Beech DJ. Association of hyaluronidase and breast adenocarcinoma invasiveness. Oncology Reports. 1999;6:6-7-609.

Cullinane CA, Brumfield C, Flint LM, Ferrara JJ. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Associated with Multiple Joint Dislocations in a Trauma Patient. J Trauma.1998;45:168-71.

Cullinane CA. Ferrara JJ, Flint LM. Iatrogenic Esophageal Pseudodiverticula: A Case Report. Am Surgeon.1996;62:973-975.

Fansler RF, Taheri PA, Cullinane CA, Sabates B, Flint LM. Polypropylene Mesh Closure of the Complicated Abdominal Wound. Am J Surg. 1995;1970:15-18.

Book Chapters

Ellenhom JD, Cullinane CA, Coia LR and Alberts SR. "Colorectal and Anal Cancers" In: Cancer Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Seventh Edition. New York 2003; Chapter 16, pp. 323-353.

Grannis FW, Lai L, Kakuda JT, Cullinane CA. "Fluid Complications" In: Cancer Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Seventh Edition. New York 2003;Chapter 49, pp 997-1014.
  • Society of Surgical Oncology (Fellow)
  • American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Association of Women Surgeons
  • American Society of Breast Disease
  • City of Hope Surgical Society
  • Tulane Surgical Society
  • 2014, Regional Top Doctor, Castle Connolly
  • 2001, Recipient Berlex Oncology Foundation Clinical Epidemiology Scholarship
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