Vijay P. Khatri, M.B., Ch.B., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Khatri manages a broad spectrum of cancers, but his clinical interests are in complex soft tissue sarcoma, rectal carcinoma, and melanoma. Patients with extremity and retroperitoneal/pelvic sarcomas, particularly recurrent and locally advanced tumors require a multidisciplinary approach and necessitate working closely with other specialists. He has also continued to pursue his interest in implementing sphincter-sparing approaches for distal rectal cancer; a disease entity that also necessitates a multidisciplinary approach. Such focus in sarcomas and rectal cancer, has led him to develop a forte for undertaking resection of complex recurrent pelvic tumors.
He has expanded his focus in gastrointestinal cancer by developing a practice in primary and metastatic liver cancers. In collaboration with the radiology department, he has integrated radiofrequency ablation and portal vein embolization to increase curative hepatic surgery for colorectal liver metastases. Patient with unresectable tumors are evaluated jointly to offer ablative therapies or chemoembolization.
He co-chairs two Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards, which provide CME credits: the bi-monthly Melanoma/Sarcoma Tumor Board and the Gastrointestinal Cancer Tumor Board. These tumor boards serve to facilitate optimal multidisciplinary patient care, enhance clinical trials enrollment, and foster development of therapeutic protocols.
Dr. Khatri serves on the Editorial Board of two prestigious oncology journals, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Annals of Surgical Oncology, the members of which are national and international leaders in the field of oncology.
Dr. Khatri’s research is geared toward the implementation of primarily clinical research and conducting clinical trials.
The first part of a Phase II study investigating the effectiveness of radiofrequency ablation for early breast cancer has been completed in collaboration with Dr. McGahan and results of these have been presented at national meetings.
Grant support has been secured for clinical trial which will test the effect of chemotherapy with subsequent hepatic resection and/or radiofrequency ablation for patients with Colorectal Liver Metastases.
In 2003 Dr. Khatri published the textbook “Operative Surgery Manual” which represents a one-stop reference to students and residents in training. It has been peer-reviewed in surgical journals. Given the fact that students and surgical residents gravitate to the Internet for educational resources, this textbook was recently published Online at MD Consult. Currently, it represents one of two surgical textbooks chosen to be published on MD Consult.
Decision-making process is an important component of multi-disciplinary management of cancer. To facilitate this component of surgical education, Dr. Khatri edited the textbook titled “Clinical Scenarios in Surgical Oncology” which has just been published (Sept. 2005). This project involved inviting over 50 world leaders in oncology from United States, Canada, England, Europe, Hong Kong, India and Australia to provide an international flavor. The textbook was reviewed by two internationally renowned academic surgical oncologists, Dr. Charles Balch and Dr. Veronesi who then provided the Forwards. The target audience for this textbook is a busy clinical surgeon who needs a practical resource when consulting patients with difficult or complex cancer patients.