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Joel Baumgartner

Title(s)Assistant Clinical Professor, Surgery
SchoolHealth Sciences
Phone858-246-0581
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    Joel M. Baumgartner, MD is a surgical oncologist with expertise in cancers of the GI tract and melanoma. He is board certified in general surgery and completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on clinical research, which included additional training in the development and conduct of clinical trials.

    Dr. Baumgartner has specific expertise and interest in treating tumors that have metastasized to the abdomen, using a promising treatment known as the “chemo bath" or hyperthermic (heated) intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). This treatment involves surgical resection of all tumors followed by circulation of heated chemotherapy throughout the abdomen. This technique avoids many of the toxicities associated with systemic chemotherapy, while exposing the abdomen to higher concentrations of chemotherapy. Dr. Baumgartner spent two years working and training at one of highest volume HIPEC centers in the world at the University of Pittsburgh and therefore has significant experience with this procedure.

    Dr. Baumgartner also treats melanoma and performs wide local excision of these tumors, sentinel lymph node biopsies and lymph node dissections.

    Dr. Baumgartner is a member of numerous societies including the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and is an associate member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American College of Surgeons. His research interests are in clinical trials, HIPEC, melanoma and immunotherapy.

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    1. Levinsky NC, Morris MC, Wima K, Sussman JJ, Ahmad SA, Cloyd JM, Kimbrough C, Fournier K, Lee A, Dineen S, Dessureault S, Veerapong J, Baumgartner JM, Clarke C, Zaidi MY, Staley CA, Maithel SK, Leiting J, Grotz T, Lambert L, Hendrix RJ, Ronnekleiv-Kelly S, Pokrzywa C, Raoof M, Eng OS, Johnston FM, Greer J, Patel SH. Should We Be Doing Cytoreductive Surgery with HIPEC for Signet Ring Cell Appendiceal Adenocarcinoma? A Study from the US HIPEC Collaborative. J Gastrointest Surg. 2019 Aug 19. PMID: 31428960.
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    2. Baumgartner JM, Marmor R, Hsu A, Veerapong J, Kelly KJ, Lowy AM. Obstruction-Free Survival Following Operative Intervention for Malignant Bowel Obstruction in Appendiceal Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 Jun 12. PMID: 31190209.
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    3. Khan S, Kelly KJ, Veerapong J, Lowy AM, Baumgartner JM. Incidence, Risk Factors, and Prevention Strategies for Venous Thromboembolism after Cytoreductive Surgery and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 Jul; 26(7):2276-2284. PMID: 31065960.
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    4. Kotha NV, Baumgartner JM, Veerapong J, Cloyd JM, Ahmed A, Grotz TE, Leiting JL, Fournier K, Lee AJ, Dineen SP, Dessureault S, Clarke C, Mogal H, Zaidi MY, Russell MC, Patel SH, Sussman JJ, Dhar V, Lambert LA, Hendrix RJ, Abbott DE, Pokrzywa C, Lafaro K, Lee B, Greer JB, Fackche N, Lowy AM, Kelly KJ. Primary Tumor Sidedness is Predictive of Survival in Colon Cancer Patients Treated with Cytoreductive Surgery With or Without Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy: A US HIPEC Collaborative Study. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 Jul; 26(7):2234-2240. PMID: 31016486.
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    5. Kelly KJ, Alsayadnasser M, Vaida F, Veerapong J, Baumgartner JM, Patel S, Ahmad S, Barone R, Lowy AM. Does Primary Tumor Side Matter in Patients with Metastatic Colon Cancer Treated with Cytoreductive Surgery and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy? Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 May; 26(5):1421-1427. PMID: 30815802.
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    6. Baumgartner JM, Kurzrock R. ASO Author Reflections: Circulating Tumor DNA in Peritoneal Carcinomatosis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Dec; 25(Suppl 3):772-773. PMID: 30421042.
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    7. Baumgartner JM. ASO Author Reflections: Recurrence Predictors in Mucinous Appendiceal Tumors. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Dec; 25(Suppl 3):763-764. PMID: 30411269.
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    8. Kato S, Okamura R, Baumgartner JM, Patel H, Leichman L, Kelly K, Sicklick JK, Fanta PT, Lippman SM, Kurzrock R. Analysis of Circulating Tumor DNA and Clinical Correlates in Patients with Esophageal, Gastroesophageal Junction, and Gastric Adenocarcinoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Dec 15; 24(24):6248-6256. PMID: 30348637.
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    9. de la Torre J, Banerjee S, Baumgartner J, Lin GY, Burgoyne AM, Kirane A, Sicklick J. Tumor Symbiosis: Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor as a Host for Primary Peritoneal Mesothelioma. J Gastrointest Surg. 2019 Apr; 23(4):879-881. PMID: 30132292.
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    10. Baumgartner JM, Raymond VM, Lanman RB, Tran L, Kelly KJ, Lowy AM, Kurzrock R. Preoperative Circulating Tumor DNA in Patients with Peritoneal Carcinomatosis is an Independent Predictor of Progression-Free Survival. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Aug; 25(8):2400-2408. PMID: 29948422.
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    11. Nguyen V, Marmor RA, Ramamoorthy SL, Costantini TW, Baumgartner JM, Berumen J, Jacobsen GR, Sicklick JK. The Use of Solicited Publishing by Academic Surgeons. Surgery. 2018 08; 164(2):212-218. PMID: 29724409.
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    12. Weiss A, Ward EP, Baumgartner JM, Lowy AM, Kelly KJ. Cirrhosis is not a contraindication to cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy in highly selected patients. World J Surg Oncol. 2018 Apr 26; 16(1):87. PMID: 29699564.
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    13. Liu Y, Yonemura Y, Levine EA, Glehen O, Goere D, Elias D, Morris DL, Sugarbaker PH, Tuech JJ, Cashin P, Spiliotis JD, de Hingh I, Ceelen W, Baumgartner JM, Piso P, Katayama K, Deraco M, Kusamura S, Pocard M, Quenet F, Fushita S. Cytoreductive Surgery Plus Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for Peritoneal Metastases From a Small Bowel Adenocarcinoma: Multi-Institutional Experience. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 May; 25(5):1184-1192. PMID: 29484565.
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    14. Reghunathan M, Kelly KJ, Valasek MA, Lowy AM, Baumgartner JM. Histologic Predictors of Recurrence in Mucinous Appendiceal Tumors with Peritoneal Dissemination after HIPEC. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Mar; 25(3):702-708. PMID: 29282599.
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    15. Riviere P, Fanta PT, Ikeda S, Baumgartner J, Heestand GM, Kurzrock R. The Mutational Landscape of Gastrointestinal Malignancies as Reflected by Circulating Tumor DNA. Mol Cancer Ther. 2018 01; 17(1):297-305. PMID: 29133621.
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    16. Kelly KJ, Cajas L, Baumgartner JM, Lowy AM. Factors Associated with 60-Day Readmission Following Cytoreduction and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Jan; 25(1):91-97. PMID: 29090402.
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    17. Baumgartner JM, McKenzie S, Block S, Costantini TW, Lowy AM. Prophylactic enoxaparin doses may be inadequate in patients undergoing abdominal cancer surgery. J Surg Res. 2018 01; 221:183-189. PMID: 29229126.
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    18. Valasek MA, Thung I, Gollapalle E, Hodkoff AA, Kelly KJ, Baumgartner JM, Vavinskaya V, Lin GY, Tipps AP, Hosseini MV, Lowy AM. Overinterpretation is common in pathological diagnosis of appendix cancer during patient referral for oncologic care. PLoS One. 2017; 12(6):e0179216. PMID: 28591173.
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    19. VanderWalde N, Jagsi R, Dotan E, Baumgartner J, Browner IS, Burhenn P, Cohen HJ, Edil BH, Edwards B, Extermann M, Ganti AK, Gross C, Hubbard J, Keating NL, Korc-Grodzicki B, McKoy JM, Medeiros BC, Mrozek E, O'Connor T, Rugo HS, Rupper RW, Shepard D, Silliman RA, Stirewalt DL, Tew WP, Walter LC, Wildes T, Bergman MA, Sundar H, Hurria A. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Older Adult Oncology, Version 2.2016. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2016 11; 14(11):1357-1370. PMID: 27799507.
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    20. Vavinskaya V, Baumgartner JM, Ko A, Saenz CC, Valasek MA. Low-Grade Appendiceal Mucinous Neoplasm Involving the Endometrium and Presenting with Mucinous Vaginal Discharge. Case Rep Obstet Gynecol. 2016; 2016:6841989. PMID: 27843660.
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    21. Unkart JT, Reid CM, Baumgartner JM, Wallace AM, Kelly CJ. Are self-identified "disadvantaged" students less likely to enter surgical residencies? A single-institution study. J Surg Res. 2016 05 15; 202(2):253-8. PMID: 27229098.
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    22. Baumgartner JM, Kwong TG, Ma GL, Messer K, Kelly KJ, Lowy AM. A Novel Tool for Predicting Major Complications After Cytoreductive Surgery with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 May; 23(5):1609-17. PMID: 26678406.
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    23. Marmor RA, Kelly KJ, Lowy AM, Baumgartner JM. Laparoscopy is Safe and Accurate to Evaluate Peritoneal Surface Metastasis Prior to Cytoreductive Surgery. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 May; 23(5):1461-7. PMID: 26542584.
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    24. Murphy JD, Ma GL, Baumgartner JM, Madlensky L, Burgoyne AM, Tang CM, Martinez ME, Sicklick JK. Increased risk of additional cancers among patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors: A population-based study. Cancer. 2015 Sep 01; 121(17):2960-7. PMID: 25930983; PMCID: PMC4545693.
    25. Kelly KJ, Baumgartner JM, Lowy AM. Laparoscopic evacuation of mucinous ascites for palliation of pseudomyxoma peritonei. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 May; 22(5):1722-5. PMID: 25395145.
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    26. Baumgartner JM, Tobin L, Heavey SF, Kelly KJ, Roeland EJ, Lowy AM. Predictors of progression in high-grade appendiceal or colorectal peritoneal carcinomatosis after cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 May; 22(5):1716-21. PMID: 25145504.
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    27. Prada-Villaverde A, Esquivel J, Lowy AM, Markman M, Chua T, Pelz J, Baratti D, Baumgartner JM, Berri R, Bretcha-Boix P, Deraco M, Flores-Ayala G, Glehen O, Gomez-Portilla A, González-Moreno S, Goodman M, Halkia E, Kusamura S, Moller M, Passot G, Pocard M, Salti G, Sardi A, Senthil M, Spiliotis J, Torres-Melero J, Turaga K, Trout R. The American Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies evaluation of HIPEC with Mitomycin C versus Oxaliplatin in 539 patients with colon cancer undergoing a complete cytoreductive surgery. J Surg Oncol. 2014 Dec; 110(7):779-85. PMID: 25088304.
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    28. Esquivel J, Lowy AM, Markman M, Chua T, Pelz J, Baratti D, Baumgartner JM, Berri R, Bretcha-Boix P, Deraco M, Flores-Ayala G, Glehen O, Gomez-Portilla A, González-Moreno S, Goodman M, Halkia E, Kusamura S, Moller M, Passot G, Pocard M, Salti G, Sardi A, Senthil M, Spilioitis J, Torres-Melero J, Turaga K, Trout R. The American Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies (ASPSM) Multiinstitution Evaluation of the Peritoneal Surface Disease Severity Score (PSDSS) in 1,013 Patients with Colorectal Cancer with Peritoneal Carcinomatosis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Dec; 21(13):4195-201. PMID: 24854493.
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    29. Tran Cao HS, Lopez N, Chang DC, Lowy AM, Bouvet M, Baumgartner JM, Talamini MA, Sicklick JK. Improved perioperative outcomes with minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy: results from a population-based analysis. JAMA Surg. 2014 Mar; 149(3):237-43. PMID: 24402232; PMCID: PMC4383084.
    30. Baumgartner JM, Ahrendt SA, Pingpank JF, Holtzman MP, Ramalingam L, Jones HL, Zureikat AH, Zeh HJ, Bartlett DL, Choudry HA. Aggressive locoregional management of recurrent peritoneal sarcomatosis. J Surg Oncol. 2013 Mar; 107(4):329-34. PMID: 23386388.
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    31. Baumgartner JM, Krasinskas A, Daouadi M, Zureikat A, Marsh W, Lee K, Bartlett D, Moser AJ, Zeh HJ. Distal pancreatectomy with en bloc celiac axis resection for locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma following neoadjuvant therapy. J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 Jun; 16(6):1152-9. PMID: 22399269.
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    32. Baumgartner JM, Jordan KR, Hu LJ, Wilson CC, Banerjee A, McCarter MD. DC maturation and function are not altered by melanoma-derived immunosuppressive soluble factors. J Surg Res. 2012 Jul; 176(1):301-8. PMID: 21962733; PMCID: PMC4674430.
    33. Baumgartner JM, Nydam TL, Clarke JH, Banerjee A, Silliman CC, McCarter MD. Red blood cell supernatant potentiates LPS-induced proinflammatory cytokine response from peripheral blood mononuclear cells. J Interferon Cytokine Res. 2009 Jun; 29(6):333-8. PMID: 19441884; PMCID: PMC2956619.
    34. Baumgartner JM, McCarter MD. Suppressing the suppressor: Role of immunosuppressive regulatory T cells in cancer surgery. Surgery. 2009 Apr; 145(4):345-50. PMID: 19303982.
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    35. Baumgartner JM, Silliman CC, Moore EE, Banerjee A, McCarter MD. Stored red blood cell transfusion induces regulatory T cells. J Am Coll Surg. 2009 Jan; 208(1):110-9. PMID: 19228512.
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    36. Baumgartner JM, Gonzalez R, Lewis KD, Robinson WA, Richter DA, Palmer BE, Wilson CC, McCarter MD. Increased survival from stage IV melanoma associated with fewer regulatory T Cells. J Surg Res. 2009 Jun 01; 154(1):13-20. PMID: 19062042.
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