Nimmi  Kapoor, MD
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Nimmi Kapoor, MD

  • Breast Surgery
Encino Cancer Care | 15503 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 150, Encino, CA 91436


Dr. Nimmi Kapoor is a Breast Surgical Oncologist and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  After graduating with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from UCLA, she earned her medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College, graduating with both Alpha Omega Alpha designation and Honors in Research.  She then attended New York Presbyterian Hospital—Cornell for General Surgery residency and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for Surgical Oncology residency training. During her residency in NYC, she also completed a research fellowship with a focus on breast and endocrine cancers. She then returned to her home in California and completed a Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at both John Wayne Cancer Institute and Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  While in practice, she became certified in Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment through the City of Hope.  Later she also sought out dedicated training in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery through the American Society of Breast Surgeons.                                

Prior to joining UCLA, Dr. Kapoor worked for Cedars Sinai and created the Breast Program at Providence Cedars Sinai Tarzana Medical Center where she served as Medical Director. She has authored dozens of papers in high impact journals, has written several textbook chapters, and has won numerous awards for her research endeavors.  Over the past decade, she has been instrumental in expanding access to quality breast cancer care to residents throughout the San Fernando Valley. She has been named a Top Doctor in Los Angeles Magazine and a Super Doctor in Los Angeles Times numerous times over. Dr. Kapoor currently practices out of the UCLA-Encino Oncology location, continuing her commitment to bringing excellence in cancer care to the community.  Her areas of interest include oncoplastic surgery, genetic testing and risk assessment, breast ultrasound applications, breast cancer prevention, and neoadjuvant chemotherapy clinical trials.

In her free time, Dr. Kapoor enjoys traveling with her family, scuba diving, and hiking with her dogs.





Breast and Thyroid Surgical Oncology, John Wayne Cancer Institute, 2012
Surgical Oncology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2012


General Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 2011


MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2004



Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



  1. Oncoplastic Surgery
  2. Breast Ultrasound Application Techniques
  3. Cryoablation
  4. Neoadjuvant Clinical Trials


PubMed bibliography:

Selected Publications:

  1. Kapoor NS, Curcio LD, Blakemore C, Bremner A, McFarland R, West JG, Banks KC. Multi-gene panel testing detects equal rates of pathogenic BRCA1/2 mutations and has a higher diagnostic yield compared to limited BRCA1/2 analysis alone in patients at risk for hereditary breast cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015; 22:3282-3288.
  2. Kapoor NS, Eaton A, King TA, Stempel SM, Patil SM, Morris EA, Brogi E, Morrow M.  Should breast density influence patient selection for breast conserving surgery? Ann Surg Oncol. 2013; 20:600-6.
  3. (Kapoor NS)/Arora N, Martins D, Huston TL, Christos P, Hoda S, Osborne MP, Swistel AJ, Tousimis E, Pressman PI, Simmons RM.  Sentinel node positivity rates with and without frozen section for breast cancer.  Ann Surg Oncol 2008 15:256-61.
  4. (Kapoor NS)/Arora N, Martins D, Ruggerio D, Tousimis E, Swistel AJ, Osborne MP, Simmons RM. Effectiveness of a noninvasive digital infrared thermal imaging system in the detection of breast cancer. Am J Surg 2008; 196:523-6.
  5. Kapoor NS, Shamonki J, Sim MS, Chung CT, Giuliano AE. Impact of multifocality and lymph node metastasis on the prognosis and management of microinvasive breast cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013; 20:2576-81.
  6. Kapoor NS. Common and less-common complications associated with breast implants.  Ann Wom Health. 2017; 1: 1002.
  7. Rao, R, …Kapoor NS, et al. Pain Control in Breast Surgery: Survey of Current Practice and Recommendations for Optimizing Management. American Society of Breast Surgeons Opioid/Pain Control Workgroup. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020; 27:985-990.
  8. Jensen JA, Lin JH, KapoorN, Giuliano AE.  Surgical delay of the nipple-areolar complex: a powerful technique to maximize nipple viability following nipple-sparing mastectomy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Oct;19(10):3171-6
  9. Kapoor NS, Chung A, Huynh K, Giuliano AE.  Preliminary Results: Double Lumpectomies for Multicentric Breast Carcinoma. Am Surgeon. 2012.
  10. Kapoor NS, Sim MS, Lin J, Giuliano AE. Long-term Outcome of Patients Managed With Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Alone for Node-Negative Invasive Breast Cancer.  Arch Surg. 2012;147:1047-52.


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  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • UnitedHealthcare

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  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2024
  • Super Doctors® Southern California 2024
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine
  • Top Docotors, Southern California, The American Registry         
  • Top Doctors, Rising Stars, Los Angeles Magazine                       
  • Top Doctors, Surgical Oncologist, Tarzana 
  • Super Doctors, Los Angeles Times
  • Super Doctors, Southern California Magazine
  • Young Surgeon Travel Award SCCACS
  • Oncology Trainee Travel Award ASCO
  • Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Achievement Award x2
  • Outstanding Scientific Presentation Award--ASBrS
  • Louis Gibofsky Memorial Prize for Research                               


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