Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Niraj J. Gusani, MD

Niraj J. Gusani, MD

Professor, Department of Surgery
Division of General Surgery Specialties and Surgical Oncology
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Professor, Department of Medicine
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
Disease Teams:
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Liver, Pancreas and Foregut Cancer

Research Interests

Dr. Niraj Gusani's active current research focus involves the role of physical activity and prehabilitation in the outcomes of patients undergoing gastrointestinal cancer surgery and in cancer survivors. Other research interests include epidemiology and patterns of care in gastrointestinal malignancies and the measurement of quality and costs of care in oncologic surgery. Dr. Gusani has authored or co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters and invited manuscripts.

  • Neoplasms
  • Therapeutics
  • Liver
  • Survival
  • Mortality
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Morbidity
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy
  • Drug Therapy
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms
  • Surgeons

Clinical Trials

Extracellular Vesicles as Biomarkers for Early Detection of Recurrent Pancreatic Carcinoma
A Phase II Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Nanoliposomal Irinotecan in Combination with Oxaliplatin, Leucovorin, and 5-Fuorouracil for Patients with Locally Advanced Pancreatic Carcinoma: Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium BTCRC-GI15-067
Complications from Major Abdominal Cancer Surgery & Their Effect on Cancer-Specific Outcomes
Frailty Assessment vs. Short Physical Performance Battery in Post-Operative Major Abdominal Surgery
New Tumor Markers for Pancreatic Cancer in Blood

Recent Publications


Olecki, E, Gusani, NJ & Shen, C 2020, 'ASO Author Reflections: Undertreatment of Pancreatic Cancer After Resection: Don’t Get Fooled by Favorable Final Pathology', Annals of Surgical Oncology.
Enomoto, LM, Dixon, MEB, Burdette, A & Gusani, NJ 2020, 'Biliary drainage before and after liver resection for perihilar cholangiocarcinoma', American Surgeon, vol. 86, no. 6, pp. 628-634.
Tchelebi, LT, Lehrer, EJ, Trifiletti, DM, Sharma, NK, Gusani, NJ, Crane, CH & Zaorsky, NG 2020, 'Conventionally fractionated radiation therapy versus stereotactic body radiation therapy for locally advanced pancreatic cancer (CRiSP): An international systematic review and meta-analysis', Cancer, vol. 126, no. 10, pp. 2120-2131.
COVIDSurg Collaborative 2020, 'Delaying surgery for patients with a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection', British Journal of Surgery, vol. 107, no. 12, pp. e601-e602.
Horn, SR, Stoltzfus, KC, Lehrer, EJ, Dawson, LA, Tchelebi, L, Gusani, NJ, Sharma, NK, Chen, H, Trifiletti, DM & Zaorsky, NG 2020, 'Epidemiology of liver metastases', Cancer Epidemiology, vol. 67, 101760.
Segel, JE, Hollenbeak, CS & Gusani, NJ 2020, 'Rural-Urban Disparities in Pancreatic Cancer Stage of Diagnosis: Understanding the Interaction With Medically Underserved Areas', Journal of Rural Health, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 476-483.
Olecki, EJ, Stahl, K, Peng, J, Dixon, M, Gusani, NJ & Shen, C 2020, 'Undertreatment of Pancreatic Cancer: Role of Surgical Pathology', Annals of Surgical Oncology.


Zaorsky, NG, Zhang, Y, Walter, V, Tchelebi, LT, Chinchilli, VM & Gusani, NJ 2019, 'Clinical trial accrual at initial course of therapy for cancer and its impact on survival', JNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, vol. 17, no. 11, pp. 1309-1316.
Cummings, M, Lehrer, EJ, Drabick, J, Gusani, NJ, Trifiletti, DM & Zaorsky, N 2019, 'Exceptional responders in oncology: A systematic review and meta-analysis of patient level data', American Journal of Clinical Oncology: Cancer Clinical Trials, vol. 42, no. 8, pp. 624-635.
Schmitz, KH, Campbell, AM, Stuiver, MM, Pinto, BM, Schwartz, AL, Morris, GS, Ligibel, JA, Cheville, A, Galvão, DA, Alfano, CM, Patel, AV, Hue, T, Gerber, LH, Sallis, R, Gusani, NJ, Stout, NL, Chan, L, Flowers, F, Doyle, C, Helmrich, S, Bain, W, Sokolof, J, Winters-Stone, KM, Campbell, KL & Matthews, CE 2019, 'Exercise is medicine in oncology: Engaging clinicians to help patients move through cancer', CA Cancer Journal for Clinicians, vol. 69, no. 6, pp. 468-484.


Logghe, HJ, Boeck, MA, Gusani, NJ, Hardaway, JC, Hughes, KA, Mouawad, NJ, Kulaylat, AN, Hoffman, RL, Turner, P, Jones, C & Leichtle, SW 2018, 'Best Practices for Surgeons' Social Media Use: Statement of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons', Journal of the American College of Surgeons, vol. 226, no. 3, pp. 317-327.
Yee, NS, Lengerich, EJ, Schmitz, KH, Maranki, JL, Gusani, NJ, Tchelebi, L, Mackley, HB, Krok, KL, Baker, MJ, de Boer, C & Yee, JD 2018, 'Frontiers in gastrointestinal oncology: Advances in multi-disciplinary patient care', Biomedicines, vol. 6, no. 2, 64.
Koduru, SV, Leberfinger, AN, Kawasawa, YI, Mahajan, M, Gusani, NJ, Sanyal, AJ & Ravnic, DJ 2018, 'Non-coding RNAs in Various Stages of Liver Disease Leading to Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Differential Expression of miRNAs, piRNAs, lncRNAs, circRNAs, and sno', Scientific reports, vol. 8, no. 1, 7967.
Sanders, AB, Conroy, DE, Schmitz, KH & Gusani, N 2019, 'Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Older Gastrointestinal Cancer Survivors: Need and Acceptability of Digital Health Interventions', Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 703-708.


Wagner, JP, Cochran, AL, Jones, C, Gusani, NJ, Varghese, TK & Attai, DJ 2018, 'Professional Use of Social Media Among Surgeons: Results of a Multi-Institutional Study', Journal of surgical education, vol. 75, no. 3, pp. 804-810.
Moyer, MT, Sharzehi, S, Mathew, A, Levenick, JM, Headlee, BD, Blandford, JT, Heisey, HD, Birkholz, JH, Ancrile, BB, Maranki, JL, Gusani, NJ, McGarrity, TJ & Dye, CE 2017, 'The Safety and Efficacy of an Alcohol-Free Pancreatic Cyst Ablation Protocol', Gastroenterology, vol. 153, no. 5, pp. 1295-1303.

Clinical Trials Search

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