Niraj J. Gusani, MD, FACS

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Niraj J. Gusani, MD, FACS
General Surgery, Surgical Oncology

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Associate Professor of Surgery and Public Health Sciences

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About Me

Dr. Gusani is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association and the Society of Surgical Oncology. He serves as Chair of the Membership Committee of the Association for Academic Surgery, for which he also serves on the Executive Council. He serves as Councilor for the Faculty Organization for Penn State College of Medicine.

Dr. Gusani completed the Clinical Research Training Program at the College of Medicine, and received a Master's degree in Public Health Sciences through the NIH's K-30 grants program in 2009. His research interests include epidemiology and patterns of care in gastrointestinal malignancies and the measurement of quality and costs of care in ecologic surgery. An active current focus of research involves the role of physical activity and prehabilitation in the outcomes of patients undergoing gastrointestinal cancer surgery.

Dr. Gusani has authored or co-authored 40 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters and invited manuscripts.

Dr. Gusani has an active presence on Twitter (@NirajGusani) and is involved in helping other surgeons learn to harness new media and social media for professional use and patient education. In 2012 and 2013 he hosted symposia at national surgical conferences on surgeons and their use of new media, mobile applications, the internet, and social media.


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Professional Education


Medical School, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - 1998


Fellowship, Surgical Oncology University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - 2007


Residency, Surgery, General University of Chicago Medical Center (Illinois) - 2005


Internship, Surgery, General University of Chicago Medical Center (Illinois) - 2000

Research Interests

  • • Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Cancer Care
  • • Clinical outcomes in Hepato-pancreato-biliary Oncology
  • • Epidemiology and Population-based Outcomes in Surgical Oncology
  • • Role of Physical Activity and Prehabilitation in the Outcomes of Patients Undergoing Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgery
  • • Survivorship and Quality of Life in Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary, and Surgical Oncology Patients
  • • Clinical outcomes in Melanoma and Sarcoma
  • • Clinical outcomes in Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • • Clinical outcomes in Endocrine Malignancies


  • Elected Councilor, PSUCOM Faculty Organization, 2011, 2012
  • Awarded Tenure, Penn State College of Medicine, 2013


  • Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society, 2013