Keki R. Balsara, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Cardac Surgery
Quality and Safety Officer
Department of Cardiac Surgery
Vice Chair, Network Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

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

Recent Publications

  • Balsara KR, Krupnick AS, Bell JM, Khiabani A, Scavuzzo M, Hachem R, Trulock E, Witt C, Byers DE, Yusen R, Meyers B, Kowzower B, Patterson GA, Puri V, Kreisel D.  A Single Center Experience of 1500 Lung Transplant Patients.  Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Accepted.
  • Ogawa M, Masood MF, Ewald GA, Vader JM, LaRue SJ, Cheng A, Balsara KR, Itoh A.  Internal Driveline Damage Under the Costal Margin Several Years after Heartmate II Implant: A Series of Three Cases.  Journal of Artificial Organs, March 3, 2018.
  • Chang SH, Kreisel D, Marklin GF, Cook L, Hachem R, Kowzower BD, Balsara KR, Bell JM, Frederiksen C, Meyers BF, Patterson GA, Puri V.  Lung Focused Resuscitation at a Specialized Donor Care Facility Improves Lung Procurement Rates.  Annals of Thoracic Surgery, January 11, 2018; S0003-4975(18):30015-8.