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Keki R. Balsara, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery

Medical School

Medical Degree: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003

Post Doctoral Education

Residency: Surgery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2010

Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2011

Residency: Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014

Board Certifications

Surgery -- Certified
Surgery Critical Care -- Certified

Clinical Interests

Thoracic organ transplantation, advanced therapies for end-stage heart failure, ventricular assist devices, ECMO, coronary artery bypass surgery, aortic surgery, surgical critical care

Research Interests

ICU quality metrics, cost-effectiveness in medicine, VAD outcomes

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Patients Seen At

Lung Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, Suite B, 8th Floor
St. Louis, MO  63110
(314) 362-9181
Fax: (314) 367-8459


Balsara KR, Balderson SS, D’Amico TA. Surgical Techniques to Avoid Parenchymal Injury During Lung Resection (Fissureless Lobectomy). Thoracic Surgery Clinics, August 2010; 20 (3): 365-369.

Parsa CJ, Dabneshmand MA, Lima B, Balsara K, McCann RL, Hughes GC.Utility of remote wireless pressure sensing for endovascular leak detection after endovascular thoracic aneurysm repair. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, February 2010; 89(2): 446-452.

Hughes GC, Daneshmand MA, Balsara KR, Achneck HA, Sileshi B, Lee SM, McCann RL. “Hyrbid” repair of aneurysms of the transverse aortic arch: medium results. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, December 2009; 88(6): 1882-1887.

Balsara KR, Morozowich ST, Lin SS, Davis RD, Phillips-Bute BG, Hartwig M, Appel JZ, Welsby IJ. Aprotinin use and blood product transfusion in off-pump bilateral lung transplantation. Interactive Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, January 2009; 8(1): 45-48.

Li B, Hartwig MG, Appel JZ, Bush EL, Balsara KR, Holzknecht ZE, Collins BH, Howell DN, Parker W, Lin SS, Davis RD. Chronic Aspiration of Gastric Fluid Induces the Development of Obliterative Bronchiolitis in Rat Lung Transplants. American Journal of Transplantation, August 2008; 8(8): 1614-21.

Barbas AS, Dowling T, Balsara KR, Davis RD, Parker W, Lin SS. Chronic aspiration in a murine model of asthma shifts the immune mediated response to a type 1 response. European Journal of Clinical Investigation, August 2008; 38(8): 596-602

Atkins BZ, Trachtenberg MS, Prince-Petersen R, Vess G, Bush EL, Balsara KR, Lin SS, Davis RD jr. Assessing oropharyngeal dysphagia after lung transplantation: altered swallowing mechanisms and increased morbidity. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, November 2007; 26(11): 1144-1148.

Cantu E, Balsara KR, Li B, Lau C, Gibson S, Wyse A, Baig K, Gaca J, Gonzalez-Stawinski GV, Nichols T, Parker W, Davis RD. Prolonged function of macrophage, von Willebrand factor-deficient porcine pulmonary xenografts. American Journal of Transplantation, January 2007; 7 (1): 66-75.

Jaggers J, Balsara K. Mediastinal Masses in Children. Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Fall 2004; 16 (3): 201-8.

Kreisel D, Krasinskas AM, Krupnick AS, Gelman AE, Balsara KR, Popma SH, Riha M, Rosengard AM, Turka LA, Rosengard BR. Vascular endothelium does not activate CD4+ direct allorecognition in graft rejection. Journal of Immunology, September 1, 2004; 173 (5): 3027-34.

Krupnick AS, Balsara KR, Kreisel D, Riha M, Gelman AE, Estives MS, Amin KM, Rosengard BR, Flake AW. Fetal liver as a source of autologous progenitor cells for perinatal tissue engineering. Tissue Engineering. May-June 2004; 10 (5-6): 723-35.

Krupnick AS, Kreisel D, Riha M, Balsara KR, Rosengard BR. Myocardial tissue engineering and regeneration as a therapeutic alternative to transplantation. Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology. 2004; 280:139-64.

Krupnick AS, Zhu J, Nguyen T, Kreisel D, Balsara KR, Lankford EB, Clark CC, Levine S, Stedman HH, Shrager JB. Inspiratory loading does not accelerate dystrophy in mdx mouse diaphragm: implications for regenerative therapy. Journal of Applied Physiology.  February 2003; 94 (2): 411-9.

Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Balsara KR, Riha M, Gelman AE, Popma SH, Szeto Y, Turka LA, Rosengard BR. Mouse vascular endothelium activates CD8+ T lymphocytes in a B7-dependent fashion. Journal of Immunology. December 1, 2002; 169 (11): 6154-61.

Krupnick AS, Kreisel D, Popma SH, Balsara KR, Szeto WY, Krasinskas AM, Riha M, Wells AD, Turka LA, Rosengard BR. Mechanism of T cell-mediated endothelial apoptosis. Transplantation. September 27, 2002; 74 (6): 871-6.

Dr. Balsara on PubMed