Vinod P. Balachandran, MD, FACS

Vinod P. Balachandran, MD, FACS

HPB Service; Assistant Attending


Dr. Balachandran is an Assistant Attending Surgeon in the Hepatopancreatobiliary Service in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a member of the David M. Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research. In addition to performing surgeries and caring for patients, he performs laboratory research to identify new ways to use the immune system to fight pancreatic cancer. T cells are highly specialized cells of the immune system designed to protect the human body from infections and cancer. In the past decade, we have discovered that T cells recognize and kill cancers. By understanding how T cells recognize cancer, we have now developed treatments called immunotherapies to supercharge T cells and overcome cancer defenses.

Read more about Dr. Balachandran’s research on immune system among pancreatic cancer long-term survivors on “Why Do Some People Beat the Odds against Pancreatic Cancer?”

Dr. Balachandran’s MSK Profile
Dr. Balachandran’s Lab


  1. Narayan, RR, Goldman, DA, Gonen, M, Reichel, J, Huberman, KH, Raj, S et al.. Peripheral Circulating Tumor DNA Detection Predicts Poor Outcomes After Liver Resection for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer. Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2019; :. doi: 10.1245/s10434-019-07201-5. PubMed PMID:30706231 .
  2. Pak, LM, Gagnière, J, Allen, PJ, Balachandran, VP, D'Angelica, MI, DeMatteo, RP et al.. Utility of Image Guidance in the Localization of Disappearing Colorectal Liver Metastases. J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2019; :. doi: 10.1007/s11605-019-04106-2. PubMed PMID:30680630 .
  3. Balachandran, VP, Beatty, GL, Dougan, SK. Broadening the impact of immunotherapy to pancreatic cancer: Challenges and opportunities. Gastroenterology. 2019; :. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2018.12.038. PubMed PMID:30660727 .
  4. Lawrence, SA, McIntyre, CA, Pulvirenti, A, Seier, K, Chou, Y, Gonen, M et al.. Perioperative Bundle to Reduce Surgical Site Infection after Pancreaticoduodenectomy: A Prospective Cohort Study. J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2018.12.018. PubMed PMID:30630087 .
  5. Narayan, RR, Creasy, JM, Goldman, DA, Gönen, M, Kandoth, C, Kundra, R et al.. Regional differences in gallbladder cancer pathogenesis: Insights from a multi-institutional comparison of tumor mutations. Cancer. 2019;125 (4):575-585. doi: 10.1002/cncr.31850. PubMed PMID:30427539 .
  6. Kunstman, JW, Goldman, DA, Gönen, M, Balachandran, VP, D'Angelica, MI, Kingham, TP et al.. Outcomes after Pancreatectomy with Routine Pasireotide Use. J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2019;228 (2):161-170.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2018.10.018. PubMed PMID:30414453 .
  7. Sadot, E, Zheng, J, Srouji, R, Strong, VE, Gönen, M, Balachandran, VP et al.. Correction to: Hypophosphatemia as a Predictor of Organ-Specific Complications Following Gastrointestinal Surgery: Analysis of 8034 Patients. World J Surg. 2019;43 (2):395. doi: 10.1007/s00268-018-4845-x. PubMed PMID:30406321 .
  8. Attiyeh, MA, Chakraborty, J, Gazit, L, Langdon-Embry, L, Gonen, M, Balachandran, VP et al.. Preoperative risk prediction for intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms by quantitative CT image analysis. HPB (Oxford). 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.hpb.2018.07.016. PubMed PMID:30097414 PubMed Central PMC6367060.
  9. Tufts, LS, Jarnagin, ED, Flynn, JR, Gonen, M, Guillem, JG, Paty, PB et al.. A perioperative multidisciplinary care bundle reduces surgical site infections in patients undergoing synchronous colorectal and liver resection. HPB (Oxford). 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.hpb.2018.07.001. PubMed PMID:30077525 PubMed Central PMC6358518.
  10. Zheng, J, Sadot, E, Vigidal, JA, Klimstra, DS, Balachandran, VP, Kingham, TP et al.. Characterization of hepatocellular adenoma and carcinoma using microRNA profiling and targeted gene sequencing. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (7):e0200776. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200776. PubMed PMID:30052636 PubMed Central PMC6063411.
  11. Gagnière, J, Dupré, A, Gholami, SS, Pezet, D, Boerner, T, Gönen, M et al.. Is Hepatectomy Justified for BRAF Mutant Colorectal Liver Metastases?: A Multi-institutional Analysis of 1497 Patients. Ann. Surg. 2018; :. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002968. PubMed PMID:29995686 .
  12. Sadot, E, Zheng, J, Srouji, R, Strong, VE, Gönen, M, Balachandran, VP et al.. Hypophosphatemia as a Predictor of Organ-Specific Complications Following Gastrointestinal Surgery: Analysis of 8034 Patients. World J Surg. 2019;43 (2):385-394. doi: 10.1007/s00268-018-4726-3. PubMed PMID:29955938 PubMed Central PMC6310662.
  13. Creasy, JM, Midya, A, Chakraborty, J, Adams, LB, Gomes, C, Gonen, M et al.. Quantitative imaging features of pretreatment CT predict volumetric response to chemotherapy in patients with colorectal liver metastases. Eur Radiol. 2018; :. doi: 10.1007/s00330-018-5542-8. PubMed PMID:29922934 PubMed Central PMC6301122.
  14. Creasy, JM, Sadot, E, Koerkamp, BG, Chou, JF, Gonen, M, Kemeny, NE et al.. Actual 10-year survival after hepatic resection of colorectal liver metastases: what factors preclude cure?. Surgery. 2018;163 (6):1238-1244. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2018.01.004. PubMed PMID:29455841 .
  15. Attiyeh, MA, Chakraborty, J, Doussot, A, Langdon-Embry, L, Mainarich, S, Gönen, M et al.. Survival Prediction in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma by Quantitative Computed Tomography Image Analysis. Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2018;25 (4):1034-1042. doi: 10.1245/s10434-017-6323-3. PubMed PMID:29380093 .
  16. Vitiello, GA, Medina, BD, Zeng, S, Bowler, TG, Zhang, JQ, Loo, JK et al.. Mitochondrial Inhibition Augments the Efficacy of Imatinib by Resetting the Metabolic Phenotype of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor. Clin. Cancer Res. 2018;24 (4):972-984. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-17-2697. PubMed PMID:29246941 PubMed Central PMC5815929.
  17. Creasy, JM, Sadot, E, Koerkamp, BG, Chou, JF, Gonen, M, Kemeny, NE et al.. The Impact of Primary Tumor Location on Long-Term Survival in Patients Undergoing Hepatic Resection for Metastatic Colon Cancer. Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2018;25 (2):431-438. doi: 10.1245/s10434-017-6264-x. PubMed PMID:29181680 .
  18. Pak, LM, Gonen, M, Seier, K, Balachandran, VP, D'Angelica, MI, Jarnagin, WR et al.. Can physician gestalt predict survival in patients with resectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma?. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2018;43 (8):2113-2118. doi: 10.1007/s00261-017-1407-x. PubMed PMID:29177926 PubMed Central PMC5967975.
  19. Pak, LM, Kemeny, NE, Capanu, M, Chou, JF, Boucher, T, Cercek, A et al.. Prospective phase II trial of combination hepatic artery infusion and systemic chemotherapy for unresectable colorectal liver metastases: Long term results and curative potential. J Surg Oncol. 2018;117 (4):634-643. doi: 10.1002/jso.24898. PubMed PMID:29165816 PubMed Central PMC5878699.
  20. Balachandran, VP, Łuksza, M, Zhao, JN, Makarov, V, Moral, JA, Remark, R et al.. Identification of unique neoantigen qualities in long-term survivors of pancreatic cancer. Nature. 2017;551 (7681):512-516. doi: 10.1038/nature24462. PubMed PMID:29132146 PubMed Central PMC6145146.
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