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Sabha Ganai, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology, Simmons Cancer Institute, Faculty, Office of Population Science and Policy


Dr. Sabha Ganai is a board-certified surgical oncologist with expertise in the multidisciplinary management of pancreas, hepatobiliary (liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts), and foregut (stomach and esophagus) tumors, thyroid and parathyroid disease, as well as retroperitoneal sarcomas and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. She is facile in minimally-invasive surgery and was first to perform the HIPEC (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy) procedure in Central and Southern Illinois.  Her academic interests are focused on rural cancer disparities, health geographics, ethics, surgical education, and translational research examining the biology of metastasis.  

Dr. Ganai is an ACS Commission on Cancer (CoC) Cancer Liason Physician and works to elevate cancer care in Springfield and beyond. She is on the editorial board for ASCO Connection and holds national leadership positions as an active committee member for the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Association for Academic Surgery, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Society for Surgical Oncology.  She seeks to provide compassionate care and serve the surgical needs of patients with cancer in Central and Southern Illinois.


1997 - B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering
Medical School: 
2001 - M.D., University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 2007 - Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2017 - M.P.H., Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
2010 - General Surgery, Baystate Medical Center, MA, 2013 - Complex General Surgical Oncology, University of Chicago, IL
2012 - Clinical Medical Ethics, The MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics, IL, 2013 - Medical Education, University of Chicago, IL, 2015 - Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2016 - Michael Zinner Health Services Research Fellowship, Surgical Outcomes Club


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