Dr. Deepa Magge

Surgical Oncologist and HIPEC Specialist at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Dr. Deepa Magge is the head of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center peritoneal malignancies program. She’s a peritoneal mesothelioma specialist who conducts cytoreduction/HIPEC regularly for surgical cases.

Dr. Deepa Magge

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Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

2220 Pierce Avenue, Nashville, TN 37232


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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.

“A lot of patients don’t have other options and there is only so much chemotherapy these patients can endure,” she said. “I found interest because it could help patients have a longer overall survival and progression-free survival.

“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.

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Medical Degrees and Residencies

    • 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
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Certifications and Memberships

    • 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

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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

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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.

“It’s such a rare malignancy,” she said. “There are only 200-250 cases nationally each year. There’s not a significant number of patients going to any institution. That’s why there isn’t much data about it.”

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

  1. Deepa Magge, MD. Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Retrieved from: https://www.vumc.org/surgical-sciences/person/deepa-magge-md. Accessed: 09/09/2021.
  2. Deepa Magge, MD. Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Retrieved from: https://www.vumc.org/surgical-oncology/deepa-magge-md. Accessed: 09/09/2021.
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About the Writer, Devin Golden

Devin Golden is the senior content writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He produces mesothelioma-related content on various mediums, including the Mesothelioma Guide website and social media channels. Devin's objective is to translate complex information regarding mesothelioma into informative, easily absorbable content to help patients and their loved ones.