Dr. Killebrew is a board-certified cardiologist and clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, where she has taught since the 1970s. Inspired to pursue a career in medicine after a teenage bout of gastritis left her in severe pain, Dr. Killebrew earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Bucknell University and was awarded her Doctor of Medicine by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1965. After a cardiology fellowship at Pacific Medical Center and additional coronary care training at Contra Costa College, Dr. Killebrew became the director of coronary care for the Permanente Medica Group in 1970 and was a member of the American Heart Association’s research committee from 1976 until 1978. During the 1990s, Dr. Killebrew was president of the East Bay chapter of the American Heart Association in addition to serving as an expert medical reviewer for the California Medical Branch and a member of the Board of Medical Examiners of California. She has contributed to numerous book chapters and articles and has dedicated much of her career to helping the next generation of providers by serving as a mentor and admissions panel member at the University of California.
In a Marquis-produced video, Dr. Killebrew discusses her commitment to her patients and her profession.
A Wall Street Journal feature celebrates Dr. Killebrew’s selection for the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.