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Niraj Jaysukh Gusani, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Associate Professor of Surgery and Public Health Sciences

Office Information

Penn State Hershey Surgical Specialties
General Surgical Specialties & Surgical Oncology
500 University Drive, Cancer Institute, T2400
Hershey, PA 17033
Tel: 800-243-1455/717-531-5965 Fax: 717-531-3649


General Surgery Surgical Oncology

Patient Services Provided

Liver Cancer Pancreatic Cancer Biliary Tract Cancer Gastroesophageal Cancer Stomach Cancer Hepatobiliary Neoplasms Show all patient services »

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Biographical Information

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 PSCOM.

Dr. Gusani completed the Clinical Research Training Program at the PSCOM, 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 oncologic 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.

Professional Education

Fellowship, Surgical Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pennsylvania) (2007) Residency, Surgery, General, University of Chicago Medical Center (Illinois) (2005) Internship, Surgery, General, University of Chicago Medical Center (Illinois) (2000) M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Philadelphia) (1998)

Research Interests

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


Bhayani NH, Enomoto LM, Ortenzi G, Kimchi ET, Staveley-O’Carroll KF, Gusani NJ.
Morbidity of Total Pancreatectomy with Auto-Islet Cell Transplantation Compared to Total Pancreatectomy Alone.
HPB, June 2013. Epub 29 Aug 2013.  DOI: 10.1111/hpb.12168.
Bhayani NH, Hamed O, Ortenzi G, Kaifi JT, Kimchi ET, Staveley-O’Carroll KF, Gusani NJ.
Do Patients Outcomes Suffer When Surgical Fellows Are Involved in Hepatic Resection?
Surgery, 2013.  doi:pii: S0039-6060(13)00269-9.10.1016/j.surg.2013.05.024. epub 25 July 2013. PMID: 23891478
Kavuturu S, Sarwani NE, Ruggiero FM, Deshaies I, Kimchi ET, Kaifi JT, Staveley-O’Carroll, Gusani NJ.
Lymphoepithelial Cysts of the Pancreas – Can Preoperative Imaging Distinguish This Benign Lesion from Malignant or Pre-malignant Cystic Pancreatic Lesions?
JOP (Journal of the Pancreas), 2013 May 10; 14(3):250-255.
Schubart JR, Gusani NJ, Kass R, Lewis P.
Developing a Cancer Survivorship Curriculum for Family Medicine Residents.
Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2013 April 1(1): 47-54.
Hamed O, Ortenzi G, Kaifi JT, Kimchi ET, Staveley-O’Carroll KF, Gusani NJ.
Simultaneous Colorectal and Hepatic Procedures for Colorectal Cancer: Increased Morbidity but Equivalent Mortality to Colorectal or Hepatic Procedures Alone – Outcomes from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP).
HPB (2012), Epub 27 Dec 2012, DOI: 10.1111/hpb.12031.
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Honors and Awards

Awarded Tenure, Penn State College of Medicine, 2013 Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society, 2013 Elected Councilor, PSUCOM Faculty Organization, 2011, 2012