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More About Mesothelioma Specialist Dr. Deepa Magge
Dr. Magge joined the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center staff in September 2020. The cancer hospital is affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. It’s one of many top-ranked cancer centers affiliated with a college.
She is another specialist to learn about peritoneal mesothelioma at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). This cancer center is well-known for its transformative HIPEC program and graduated many fellows to become peritoneal mesothelioma surgeons.
HIPEC stands for hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. It’s a cornerstone of peritoneal mesothelioma treatment. Cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC are responsible for improved survival rates.
“I feel it’s my duty to help these patients as best I can especially because of my training.”
Dr. Magge works closely with Dr. Kamran Idrees, another peritoneal mesothelioma specialist at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. She is also an assistant professor of surgery in the Vanderbilt University Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery.
- Medical Degree from Boston University, 2008
- Internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2008-2009
- Residency in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2009-2015
- Fellowship in complex surgical oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2015-2017
- Board-certified in general surgery and complex general surgical oncology
- Committee member for the Advanced Cancer Therapies Conference offered by the Society of Surgical Oncology
- Received the Resident Research Award from UPMC
- Received the Anne and David Mishel Cancer Research Award from Boston University for her early interests in oncologic care
Get Connected to Dr. Deepa Magge
Dr. Magge is an experienced peritoneal mesothelioma surgeon. She leads the peritoneal malignancies and HIPEC program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, where she sees a handful of regional cases each year. She’s an asset for anyone living in Tennessee or surrounding states, such as Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky.
Why Choose Dr. Magge?
- Experienced in cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC
- Interest in minimally invasive techniques for diagnosis
- Use of palliative therapies in conjunction with surgery
Leading a High-Volume Center for Regional Cases
Dr. Magge noted Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center sees patients from a regional perspective, although it’s still an impressive volume. She sees a handful of patients and has formulated a general protocol to use.
Patients undergo neoadjuvant chemotherapy and then get an assessment of the tumor burden in the abdomen. This dictates surgical candidacy.
She said age “is just a number in a sense” and she relies on PCI score as a technique to calculate how much tumor burden there is in the cavity.
“I think the biggest thing is involvement of the small intestine,” she said.
During surgery, she strips out the omentum and part of the peritoneum. She also may remove the spleen, gallbladder, liver capsule and part of the small intestine.
The goal is to leave tumors with a radius of 2.5 millimeters or less for HIPEC. This provides the best chance for heated chemotherapy to work.
History of Teaching Future Doctors
She is formerly an assistant professor of surgical oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Mount Sinai Medical Center is one of the top mesothelioma cancer centers in the United States. It has specialists in both peritoneal mesothelioma and pleural mesothelioma.
Dr. Magge served as the associate program director for the school’s complex general surgical oncology fellowship. She focused her time on teaching residents and fellows, leading to her receiving the Resident Teaching Award.
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Sources & Author
- Deepa Magge, MD. Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Retrieved from: https://www.vumc.org/surgical-sciences/person/deepa-magge-md. Accessed: 09/09/2021.
- Deepa Magge, MD. Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Retrieved from: https://www.vumc.org/surgical-oncology/deepa-magge-md. Accessed: 09/09/2021.