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Kiran K. Turaga, MD, MPH

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

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.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

General Surgery

Medical School

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Internship and Residency

Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE


H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute, Tampa, FL (Surgical oncology)
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Surgical oncology)


Alpha Omega Alpha
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
American College of Surgeons
American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
Association of Academic Surgery
Delta Omega Alpha
Mesothelioma Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
Society of Gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgeons
Society of Surgical Oncology

Languages Spoken


Office Postal Address

Kiran Turaga, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 5094
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Regional chemoperfusion/HIPEC
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Colon cancer
  • Appendix cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Peritoneal disease
  • Retroperitoneal sarcomas
  • Desmoplastic small round cell tumors
  • Malignant melanoma
  • Malignant bowel obstruction
  • Locally advanced complex malignancies
  • Metastatic malignancies

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Read More About Dr. Turaga

Dr. Turaga is featured in an ABC 7 News story about a patient who is battling appendix cancer.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Turaga’s publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.