Keki R. Balsara, MD

SPECIALTIES: Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Appointments & Locations

About Keki Balsara


Heart and Vascular


Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery


Heart and Vascular



  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery Critical Care
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery


  • 1998, University of Pennsylvania, BA
  • 2003, University of Pennsylvania, MD


  • 2010, Duke University
  • 2014, The Johns Hopkins University


  • 2011, Duke University

Professional Affiliations

  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons - Associate Fellow
  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Society

Office Locations

Center for Advanced Medicine Lung Center

4921 Parkview Place
Floor 8
St. Louis, MO 63110    Maps & Directions
Phone: 314-362-9181

Areas of Expertise

  • Thoracic organ transplantation
  • Advanced therapies for end stage heart failure
  • Ventricular assist devices
  • ECMO
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Aortic surgery
  • Surgical critical care


  • Danny O. Jacobs Award for Surgical Excellence - Duke University Medical Center
  • 2016 American Association of Thoracic Surgery Leadership Award

Publications & Research

  • Left Ventricular Unloading by Impella Device Versus Surgical Vent During Extracorporeal Life Support. Tepper S, Masood MF, Baltazar Garcia M, Pisani M, Ewald GA, Lasala JM, Bach RG, Singh J, Balsara KR, Itoh A Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Mar 24; pii: S0003-4975(17)30039-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.12.049.
  • Implantation of left ventricular assist device in a patient with left ventricular non-compaction. Balsara KR, Bierhals A, Vader J, Pasque MK, Itoh A J Card Surg. 2017 Feb; 32(2)159-161. doi: 10.1111/jocs.13088.
  • Extracorporeal left ventricular circulatory support as a bridge to implantable LVAD for a patient with pan-left ventricular thrombosis. Ogawa M, Balsara KR, Masood MF, Itoh A ASAIO J. 2016 Aug 22;
  • Surgical techniques to avoid parenchymal injury during lung resection (fissureless lobectomy). Balsara KR, Balderson SS, D'Amico TA Thorac Surg Clin. 2010 Aug; 20(3)365-9. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2010.04.002.
  • "Hybrid" repair of aneurysms of the transverse aortic arch: midterm results. Hughes GC, Daneshmand MA, Balsara KR, Achneck HA, Sileshi B, Lee SM, McCann RL Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Dec; 88(6)1882-7; discussion 1887-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.07.027.
  • Chronic aspiration shifts the immune response from Th1 to Th2 in a murine model of asthma. Barbas AS, Downing TE, Balsara KR, Tan HE, Rubinstein GJ, Holzknecht ZE, Collins BH, Parker W, Davis RD, Lin SS Eur J Clin Invest. 2008 Aug; 38(8)596-602. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2362.2008.01976.x.
  • Aprotinin's effect on blood product transfusion in off-pump bilateral lung transplantation. Balsara KR, Morozowich ST, Lin SS, Davis RD, Phillips-Bute BG, Hartwig M, Appel JZ, Welsby IJ Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2009 Jan; 8(1)45-8. doi: 10.1510/icvts.2008.178749.
  • Assessing oropharyngeal dysphagia after lung transplantation: altered swallowing mechanisms and increased morbidity. Atkins BZ, Trachtenberg MS, Prince-Petersen R, Vess G, Bush EL, Balsara KR, Lin SS, Davis RD Jr J Heart Lung Transplant. 2007 Nov; 26(11)1144-8.
  • Prolonged function of macrophage, von Willebrand factor-deficient porcine pulmonary xenografts. 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 Am J Transplant. 2007 Jan; 7(1)66-75.
  • Vascular endothelium does not activate CD4+ direct allorecognition in graft rejection. Kreisel D, Krasinskas AM, Krupnick AS, Gelman AE, Balsara KR, Popma SH, Riha M, Rosengard AM, Turka LA, Rosengard BR J Immunol. 2004 Sep 1; 173(5)3027-34.
  • Fetal liver as a source of autologous progenitor cells for perinatal tissue engineering. Krupnick AS, Balsara KR, Kreisel D, Riha M, Gelman AE, Estives MS, Amin KM, Rosengard BR, Flake AW Tissue Eng. 2004 May-Jun; 10(5-6)723-35.
  • Myocardial tissue engineering and regeneration as a therapeutic alternative to transplantation. Krupnick AS, Kreisel D, Riha M, Balsara KR, Rosengard BR Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2004; 280139-64.
  • Inspiratory loading does not accelerate dystrophy in mdx mouse diaphragm: implications for regenerative therapy. Krupnick AS, Zhu J, Nguyen T, Kreisel D, Balsara KR, Lankford EB, Clark CC, Levine S, Stedman HH, Shrager JB J Appl Physiol (1985). 2003 Feb; 94(2)411-9.
  • Mouse vascular endothelium activates CD8+ T lymphocytes in a B7-dependent fashion. Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Balsara KR, Riha M, Gelman AE, Popma SH, Szeto WY, Turka LA, Rosengard BR J Immunol. 2002 Dec 1; 169(11)6154-61.
  • Mechanism of T cell-mediated endothelial apoptosis. Krupnick AS, Kreisel D, Popma SH, Balsara KR, Szeto WY, Krasinskas AM, Riha M, Wells AD, Turka LA, Rosengard BR Transplantation. 2002 Sep 27; 74(6)871-6.
  • Non-hematopoietic allograft cells directly activate CD8+ T cells and trigger acute rejection: an alternative mechanism of allorecognition. Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Gelman AE, Engels FH, Popma SH, Krasinskas AM, Balsara KR, Szeto WY, Turka LA, Rosengard BR Nat Med. 2002 Mar; 8(3)233-9.
  • A neuroattenuated ICP34.5-deficient herpes simplex virus type 1 replicates in ependymal cells of the murine central nervous system. Kesari S, Lasner TM, Balsara KR, Randazzo BP, Lee VM, Trojanowski JQ, Fraser NW J Gen Virol. 1998 Mar; 79 ( Pt 3)525-36.