Gastrointestinal Surgery (GI Surgery), Surgery, Surgical Oncology | More

Associate Professor of Surgery Vice Chief, Section of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology (Strategy and Finance)
Director, Surgical GI Cancer Program
Director, Regional Therapeutics Program

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Kiran K. Turaga, MD, MPH

Kiran Turaga, MD, MPH, is a surgical oncologist with a special interest in the treatment of advanced malignancies, including metastatic cancers (cancers that have spread beyond their original site to other parts of the body). He is an expert in regional perfusion including hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), a technique that delivers high doses of heated chemotherapy directly to abdominal organs to kill cancer cells that may remain after surgical removal of visible tumors.

Dr. Turaga treats a wide range of abdominal and peritoneal diseases, including colon cancer, appendix cancer, and mesothelioma and malignant bowel obstructions. He is highly skilled in minimally invasive approaches, including robotic surgery, and uses these innovative techniques to surgically treat and remove life-threatening cancers with smaller incisions and shorter recovery times.

Dr. Turaga has significant experience in the management of melanoma, and complex sarcomas and has pioneered the approaches of isolated limb infusion for advanced malignancies for limb preservation so as to avoid amputation.

Dr. Turaga is an avid and influential researcher who has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and is an international authority on peritoneal surface disease. His clinical research focuses on development of novel diagnostics and therapeutics for oligo-metastatic cancer. He is also interested in studying how big data systems can be used to provide the most optimal, cost-effective patient care.

Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences


  • Creighton University Medical Center


  • Creighton University Medical Center


  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute; Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Mesothelioma Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
  • Delta Omega Alpha
  • American Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2010

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • Telugu
  • Hindi
  • English
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What are Abdominal Cancers?

Surgeons Oliver Eng, MD, and Kiran Turaga, MD, MPH, join a patient to discuss the many types of abdominal cancers, the latest techniques for treatment, such as HIPEC, and the extensive cancer care resources offered at UChicago Medicine.

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