Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Niraj J. Gusani, MD, FACS

Niraj J. Gusani, MD, FACS

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

  • Neoplasms
  • Therapeutics
  • Liver
  • Survival
  • Mortality
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Morbidity
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy
  • Drug Therapy
  • Liver Neoplasms
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Clinical Trials

Extracellular Vesicles as Biomarkers for Early Detection of Recurrent Pancreatic Carcinoma
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


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.


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-S, Lengerich, E, Schmitz, K, Maranki, J, Gusani, NJ, Tchelebi, L, Mackley, H, Krok, K, Baker, M, de Boer, C & Yee, JD 2018, 'Frontiers in gastrointestinal oncology: Advances in multi-disciplinary patient care', Biomedicines, vol. 6, no. 2, 64.
Koduru, S, Leberfinger, AN, Imamura, Y, Mahajan, M, Gusani, NJ, Sanyal, AJ & Ravnic, D 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, K & Gusani, NJ 2018, 'Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Older Gastrointestinal Cancer Survivors: Need and Acceptability of Digital Health Interventions', Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer, pp. 1-6.


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, M, Sharzehi, S, Mathew, A, Levenick, J, Headlee, BD, Blandford, JT, Heisey, HD, Birkholz, J, Ancrile, BB, Maranki, J, Gusani, NJ, McGarrity, T & Dye, C 2017, 'The Safety and Efficacy of an Alcohol-Free Pancreatic Cyst Ablation Protocol', Gastroenterology, vol. 153, no. 5, pp. 1295-1303.


Short, PF, Moran, Jr., JR, Yang, TC, Camacho, F, Gusani, NJ, Mackley, H, Matthews, SA & Anderson, RT 2016, 'Effects of hospital type and distance on lymph node assessment for colon cancer among metropolitan and nonmetropolitan patients in appalachia', Medical Care Research and Review, vol. 73, no. 5, pp. 546-564.
Moss, CR, Caldwell, J, Afilaka, B, Iskandarani, K, Chinchilli, V, McQuillan, P, Cooper, A, Gusani, NJ & Bezinover, D 2016, 'Hepatic resection is associated with reduced postoperative opioid requirement' Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 307-313.
Fleming, ST, Mackley, H, Camacho, F, Yao, N, Gusani, NJ, Seiber, EE, Matthews, SA, Yang, TC & Hwang, W 2016, 'Patterns of Care for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer in Appalachia, and the Clinical, Sociodemographic, and Service Provider Determinants', Journal of Rural Health, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 113-124.
Kadry, Z, Schaefer, EW, Shah, RA, Krok, K, Du, P, Bezinover, D, Janicki, P, Jain, A, Gusani, NJ, Schreibman, I, Hollenbeak, CS & Riley III, T 2016, 'Portal hypertension. An underestimated entity?', Annals of surgery, vol. 263, no. 5, pp. 986-991.
Enomoto, LM, Blackham, A, Woo, Y, Yamamoto, M, Pimiento, J, Gusani, NJ & Wong, J 2016, 'Ratio of intra-operative fluid to anesthesia time and its impact on short term perioperative outcomes following gastrectomy for cancer: A retrospective cohort study', International Journal of Surgery, vol. 33, pp. 13-17.
Mirkin, KA, Hollenbeak, CS, Gusani, NJ & Wong, J 2017, 'Trends in utilization of neoadjuvant therapy and short-term outcomes in resected pancreatic cancer', American Journal of Surgery, vol. 214, no. 1, pp. 80-88.
Blackham, AU, Greenleaf, E, Yamamoto, M, Hollenbeak, CS, Gusani, NJ, Coppola, D, Pimiento, JM & Wong, J 2016, 'Tumor regression grade in gastric cancer: Predictors and impact on outcome', Journal of Surgical Oncology, vol. 114, no. 4, pp. 434-439.


Schubart, JR, Mitchell, AJ, Dietrich, L & Gusani, NJ 2015, 'Accuracy of the emotion thermometers (ET) screening tool in patients undergoing surgery for upper gastrointestinal malignancies', Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 1-14.
Schubart, JR, Green, M, Van Scoy, L, Lehman, E, Farace, E, Gusani, NJ & Levi, B 2015, 'Advanced Cancer and End-of-Life Preferences: Curative Intent Surgery Versus Noncurative Intent Treatment', Journal of palliative medicine, vol. 18, no. 12, pp. 1015-1018.
Bhayani, NH, Jiang, Y, Hamed, O, Kimchi, ET, Staveley-O’Carroll, KF & Gusani, NJ 2015, 'Advances in the pharmacologic treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma', Current Clinical Pharmacology, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 299-304.
Kaifi, JT, Kunkel, M, Das, A, Harouaka, RA, Dicker, DT, Li, G, Zhu, J, Clawson, G, Yang, Z, Reed, MF, Gusani, NJ, Kimchi, ET, Staveley-O’Carroll, KF, Zheng, S & El-Deiry, WS 2015, 'Circulating tumor cell isolation during resection of colorectal cancer lung and liver metastases: A prospective trial with different detection techniques', Cancer Biology and Therapy, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 699-708.
Kulaylat, AN, Schubart, JR, Schaefer, EW, Hollenbeak, CS, Cooper, A & Gusani, NJ 2015, 'Costs of hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery and readmissions in privately insured US patients', The Journal of surgical research, vol. 199, no. 2, pp. 478-486.
Messaris, E, Connelly, TM, Kulaylat, AN, Miller, J, Gusani, NJ, Ortenzi, G, Wong, J & Bhayani, N 2015, 'Is a diverting ostomy needed in mid-high rectal cancer patients undergoing a low anterior resection after neoadjuvant chemoradiation? An NSQIP analysis' Surgery (United States), vol. 158, no. 3, pp. 686-691.
Moyer, M, Gaffney, RR, Gusani, NJ, Waybill, P, Schreibman, I & Mathew, A 2015, 'Percutaneous endoscopic debridement and washout of a bilateral, loculated, hepatic abscess: A minimally invasive approach to a high-risk surgical situation' Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, vol. 81, no. 6, pp. 1481-1482.
Avella, DM, Toth, J, Reed, MF, Gusani, NJ, Kimchi, ET, Mahraj, R, Staveley-O'Carroll, KF & Kaifi, JT 2015, 'Pleural space infections after image-guided percutaneous drainage of infected intraabdominal fluid collections: A retrospective single institution analysis' BMC Surgery, vol. 15, no. 1.

Clinical Trials Search

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