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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.

Board Certifications

2011 – General Surgery

2015 – Complex General Surgical Oncology

2017 – Public Health


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


Printable CV: 
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