Keki R. Balsara, MD

Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Quality and Safety Officer
Department of Cardiac Surgery
Vice Chair for Network Surgical Strategy & Development
Section of Surgical Sciences
Delivery Address
Medical Center East - North Tower
1215 21st Avenue South
Room / Suite
Suite 5025
Phone: (615) 322-2318
Fax: (615) 936-7582


  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1994-1998, BA
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1998-2003, MD

Post Graduate Training

  • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2014-2018, Assistant Professor of Surgery

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 2011-2014, Cardiothoracic Resident

  • Duke University, Durham, NC 2010-2011, Critical Care Fellow

  • Duke University, Durham, NC 2004-2010, General Surgery Resident

  • Duke University, Durham, NC 2003-2004, General Surgery Intern

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, Issued 2011, Expires 2022; Certified
  • American Board of Surgery, Critical Care, Issued 2012, Expires 2023; Certified
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Issued 2015, Expires 2025; Certified

Research Focus

  • Advanced Heart and Lung disease
  • Cost effectiveness of therapies for advanced heart failure
  • Health Care Ecomomics and Policy
  • Molecular pathways of primary graft dysfunction following heart transplant

Patient Care Emphasis/Clinical Interest

  • Adult cardiac Surgery
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Heart Assist Devices
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support

Recent Awards/Honors

  • Joel Cooper Career Development Award - International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery Leadership Academy
  • Danny O. Jacobs Award for Surgical Excellence - Duke University Medical Center

Memberships, Professional Associations

  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Society