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Dr. Salila S. Hashmi is a medical oncologist and expert in the procedure known as Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy, or HIPEC. Designed to treat patients with peritoneal mesothelioma, as well as other peritoneal and gastric cancers, appendix cancer, colorectal cancer, and eventually ovarian cancer, HIPEC is a two-step surgery and chemotherapy treatment, which Hashmi explains allows for deeper penetration of chemotherapy medication into the tissues, and “greater effectiveness at killing cancer cells.”
Education and Career
Dr. Hashmi earned her medical degree at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow studying Transplant Immunology at the Emory Transplant Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and then followed that work with a residency in General Surgery and a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the Emory University School of Medicine. She then moved to Canada and completed a dual-certified Complex General Surgical Oncology and Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery fellowship at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Hashmi joined University of Alabama at Birmingham’s O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center in late 2021 and helped to open the HIPEC program. UAB is the only hospital in the state or the four-region area to offer the procedure, which studies have shown makes a significant difference in survival for patients with peritoneal mesothelioma.
Dr. Hashmi’s research interests include improving surgical outcomes for patients diagnosed with peritoneal surface malignancies including peritoneal mesothelioma, appendiceal cancer, metastatic colorectal cancer, and gastric cancer. She has participated in many studies published in journals including Lancet Oncology and JAMA Surgery.
Dr. Hashmi’s surgical skill, particularly in the use of cytoreductive surgery combined with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy, has made a real difference for patients diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma and other abdominal cancers.Get Your FREE Mesothelioma Packet
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