Kiran K. Turaga, MD, MPH

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Kiran K. Turaga, MD, MPH

Professor of Surgery Director, Regional Therapeutics Program
Director, Surgical Gastrointestinal Cancer Program
Vice Chief, Section of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology

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

Board Certifications

  • Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
  • Mesothelioma Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Board

Practicing Since

  • 2010

Languages Spoken

  • Telugu
  • Hindi
  • English

Awards & Distinctions

  • Named the Sharon Wadina Endowed Professor of Sarcoma Research
  • Awarded the Lee Biblo Award for Professional Excellencee
  • Awarded the Distinguished Faculty in Program Innovation in 2019
  • Inducted as the Bucksbaum Senior Faculty Scholar for Clinical Excellence in 2018

Medical Education

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences


  • CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy


  • Creighton University Medical Center


  • Moffitt Cancer Center

News & Research

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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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