Kiran K. Turaga, MD, MPH

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Kiran K. Turaga, MD, MPH

Professor of Surgery Vice Chief, Section of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology
Director, Surgical Gastrointestinal Cancer Program
Director, Regional Therapeutics Program

Kiran Turaga, MD, MPH, is a surgical oncologist with a special interest in the treatment of advanced malignancies, including metastatic cancers (cancers that have spread beyond their original site to other parts of the body). He is an expert in regional perfusion including hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), a technique that delivers high doses of heated chemotherapy directly to abdominal organs to kill cancer cells that may remain after surgical removal of visible tumors.

Dr. Turaga treats a wide range of abdominal and peritoneal diseases, including colon cancer, appendix cancer, and mesothelioma and malignant bowel obstructions. He is highly skilled in minimally invasive approaches, including robotic surgery, and uses these innovative techniques to surgically treat and remove life-threatening cancers with smaller incisions and shorter recovery times.

Dr. Turaga has significant experience in the management of melanoma, and complex sarcomas and has pioneered the approaches of isolated limb infusion for advanced malignancies for limb preservation so as to avoid amputation.

Dr. Turaga is an avid and influential researcher who has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and is an international authority on peritoneal surface disease. His clinical research focuses on development of novel diagnostics and therapeutics for oligo-metastatic cancer. He is also interested in studying how big data systems can be used to provide the most optimal, cost-effective patient care.

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Mesothelioma Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
  • American Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Association for Academic Surgery

Practicing Since

  • 2010

Languages Spoken

  • Telugu
  • Hindi
  • English

Awards & Distinctions

  • Named the Sharon Wadina Endowed Professor of Sarcoma Research
  • Awarded the Lee Biblo Award for Professional Excellencee
  • Awarded the Distinguished Faculty in Program Innovation in 2019
  • Inducted as the Bucksbaum Senior Faculty Scholar for Clinical Excellence in 2018

Medical Education

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Internship

  • Creighton University Medical Center

Residency

  • Creighton University Medical Center

Fellowship

  • Moffitt Cancer Center; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

News & Research

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