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

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


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.


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.


Short, PF, Moran, JR, Yang, TC, Camacho, F, Gusani, NJ, MacKley, HB, 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, JC, Afilaka, B, Iskandarani, K, Chinchilli, VM, McQuillan, P, Cooper, AB, Gusani, N & 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, HB, 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.

Clinical Trials Search

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