Sabha Ganai, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS

Sabha Ganai, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS

General Surgery in Springfield, IL

 (217) 545-8000


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Office Hours

8:30 am - 4:30 pm
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Additional Locations

Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU,
315 W. Carpenter Street,
Springfield, IL

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About Dr. Ganai

Dr. Sabha Ganai is a board-certified surgical oncologist with expertise in the multidisciplinary management of pancreas, hepatobiliary (liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts), and foregut (stomach and esophagus) tumors, thyroid and parathyroid disease, as well as retroperitoneal sarcomas and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. She is facile in minimally-invasive surgery and was first to perform the HIPEC (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy) procedure in Central and Southern Illinois. Her academic interests are focused on rural cancer disparities, health geographics, ethics, surgical education, and translational research examining the biology of metastasis.

Dr. Ganai is an ACS Commission on Cancer (CoC) Cancer Liason Physician and works to elevate cancer care in Springfield and beyond. She is on the editorial board for ASCO Connection and holds national leadership positions as an active committee member for the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Association for Academic Surgery, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Society for Surgical Oncology. She seeks to provide compassionate care and serve the surgical needs of patients with cancer in Central and Southern Illinois.

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Services Offered

Minimally invasive surgery
Endocrine surgery
Surgical oncology (non-breast)
Medical ethics
Hepatopancreatobiliary surgery

Qualifications and Experience

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Education & Training

Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MPH, Epidemiology, 2015 - 2017

University of Chicago
Fellowship, Complex General Surgical Oncology, 2010 - 2013

University of Chicago
Fellowship, Medical Education, 2012 - 2013

University of Chicago
Fellowship, Clinical Medical Ethics, 2011 - 2012

Baystate Medical Center - Tufts University
Residency, General Surgery, 2001 - 2010

University of Massachusetts
Ph.D, Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2003 - 2007

University of Southern California
Class of 2001

University of Southern California
B.S, Biomedical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, 1993 - 1997

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American Board of Surgery

American Board of Surgery
Complex General Surgical Oncology

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Medical Licenses

CA State Medical License
2019 - 2021

IL State Medical License
2010 - 2020

MA State Medical License
2004 - 2021

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Alpha Omega Alpha Faculty Award
Alpha Omega Alpha Eta Chapter, 2018

White Coat Ceremony Speaker
Southern Illinois University, 2018

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 2017

Michael Zinner Health Services Research Fellowship
Surgical Outcomes Club, 2016

Outstanding Junior Researcher of the Year
SIU Department of Surgery, 2015

Outstanding Surgical Educator of the Year
SIU Department of Surgery, 2014

Excellence in Medical Student Teaching
SIU School of Medicine, 2014

Excellence in Resident Teaching
SIU School of Medicine, 2014

Impact Player of the Year
SIU Division of General Surgery, 2014

Mentorship Program Program
American College of Surgeons Women in Surgery Committee, 2013

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Professional Memberships

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons - SAGES

Association for Academic Surgery - AAS

Society of Surgical Oncology - SSO

American Society of Clinical Oncology - ASCO

The Pancreas Club

International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus

Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

Association for Surgical Education

Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract - SSAT

American College of Surgeons - ACS

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Impact of Rurality on National Trends in Thyroid Cancer Incidence and Long-Term Survival.
J Rural Health
McDow, A. D.,Zahnd, W. E.,Angelos, P.,Mellinger, J. D.,Ganai, S.

Prognostication and Communication in Oncology.
J Oncol Pract
LeBlanc, T. W.,Marron, J. M.,Ganai, S.,McGinnis, M. M.,Spence, R. A.,Tenner, L.,Tap, W. D.,Hlubocky, F. J.

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Molecular Biology and the General Surgeon.
Surgical Grand Rounds, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts

Clinical Management of Breast Cancer.
Breast Cancer Research Group, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Targeting Bacteriolytic Therapy of Solid Tumors.
Breast Cancer Research Group, University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Targeting Bacteriolytic Therapy of Solid Tumors Using Salmonella typhimurium.
Annals of Surgical Oncology, 2007; 14(S2): S71
Ganai S, Arenas RB, Bentley B, Forbes NS

Virtual Reality and Computer-Enhanced Skills Training Devices are Equally Effective in Building Complex Surgical Skills in Novices.
Proceedings of Surgical Education Week,
Kanumuri P, Ganai S, Wohaibi EM, Bush RW, Grow DR, Seymour NE

Performance of Intraoperative Axillary Sentinel Lymph Node Touch Prep Evaluation: Effect of Surgical Submission of “Suspicious” Sentinel Lymph Nodes.
Modern Pathology, 2008; 21(S1): 46A
Meyer J, Mason H, Ganai S, Hornish A, Crisi GM, Goulart RA

Book Chapter

Ethics in Surgery
Ganai S

Ethical Issues in Anesthesia and Surgery
Chastain LK, Ganai S.

Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach.
Ganai S


A Teacher, Not Forgotten
Ganai S
Bulletin Am College Surgeons

Timing of Therapies for Resectable Hepatic Colorectal Metastases
Ganai S, Thirunavukarasu P, Aloia T, Choti MA
ASCO Connection

Neoadjuvant Therapy for Resectable Pancreatic Cancer
Ganai S, Crane C, Tempero M
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Press Mentions

Role of Neoadjuvant Therapy for Resectable and Borderline-Resectable Pancreatic Cancer
ASCO Connection · June 12, 2019
By Sabha Ganai, MD, PhD Southern Illinois University School ofMedicine Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is currentlythe f...

Access to Cancer Care in Rural Populations: Barriers and Solutions
Journal of Clinical Oncology · April 03, 2019
...way from his family. Mr. Smith’s biggest concern—how to manage his harvest—was left unanswered. Dr. Sabha Ganai Rural Cancer Disparities Mr. Smith’s story is not uncommon. Nearly one in five Americans (more than...

Forty Under 40 – 2016 · June 24, 2016
...recreation, athletic events and opportunities for young professionals to socialize with each other. Sabha Ganai, MD, PhD, FACS Age: 39 when nominated Occupation: Assistant professor of surgery, Southern Illinois...