Sean Ronnekleiv-Kelly, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor

  • Endowed Professor, Ronald E. and Patricia A. Kissinger Surgical Oncology Research Professorship 
  • Division of Surgical Oncology
Clinic: (608) 263-7502

  • Administrative Assistant: (608) 262-2025

600 Highland Ave
BX 7375
K4/757 CSC
Madison, WI 53792


  • MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2008
  • General Surgery Residency, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 2015
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2017

Clinical Specialties

Certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and specializes in malignant disease of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and biliary tree, stomach and small intestine, neuroendocrine tumors and retroperitoneal sarcoma.

Research Interests

Principal research interest is pancreatic cancer. My lab focuses on formation and progression of pancreatic cancer as well as understanding communication within the tumor microenvironment.

Recent Publications

  • What Drives High Costs of Cytoreductive Surgery and HIPEC: Patient, Provider or Tumor?
    Schwartz PB, Stahl CC, Vande Walle KA, Pokrzywa CJ, Cherney Stafford LM, Aiken T, Barrett J, Acher AW, Leverson G, Ronnekleiv-Kelly S, Weber SM, Abbott DE
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2020 May 15;
    [PubMed ID: 32415351]

  • The Intersection of Age and Tumor Biology with Postoperative Outcomes in Patients After Cytoreductive Surgery and HIPEC.
    Turgeon MK, Gamboa AC, Lee RM, Zaidi MY, Kimbrough C, Grotz T, Fournier K, Powers B, Dineen S, Veerapong J, Clarke C, Mogal H, Patel SH, Lambert L, Ronnekleiv-Kelly S, Raoof M, Fackche N, Greer JB, Staley CA, Cloyd JM, Maithel SK, Winer JH
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2020 May 06;
    [PubMed ID: 32378087]

  • Summary perioperative risk metrics within the electronic medical record predict patient-level cost variation in pancreaticoduodenectomy.
    Stahl CC, Schwartz PB, Leverson GE, Barrett JR, Aiken T, Acher AW, Ronnekleiv-Kelly SM, Minter RM, Weber SM, Abbott DE
    Surgery 2020 Apr 26;
    [PubMed ID: 32349869]

  • All-payer Spending on Common Hospital-based Services in California.
    Childers CP, Maggard-Gibbons M, Weber SM, Ronnekleiv-Kelly SM, Abbott DE
    Med Care 2020 Jun; 58(6): 534-540
    [PubMed ID: 32044867]

  • Preoperative Risk Score for Predicting Incomplete Cytoreduction: A 12-Institution Study from the US HIPEC Collaborative.
    Zaidi MY, Lee RM, Gamboa AC, Speegle S, Cloyd JM, Kimbrough C, Grotz T, Leiting J, Fournier K, Lee AJ, Dineen S, Dessureault S, Kelly KJ, Kotha NV, Clarke C, Gamblin TC, Patel SH, Lee TC, Hendrix RJ, Lambert L, Ronnekleiv-Kelly S, Pokrzywa C, Blakely AM, Lee B, Johnston FM, Fackche N, Russell MC, Maithel SK, Staley CA
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2020 Jan; 27(1): 156-164
    [PubMed ID: 31602579]

All Publications on PubMed