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Shanel Bhagwandin D.O.

Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin is a doctor of osteopathic medicine specializing in oncology surgery. He is the director of the Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology Program at South Florida’s Jupiter Medical Center. Dr. Bhagwandin specializes in treating cancers of the abdominal area, including peritoneal mesothelioma. He is one of few surgeons to be board certified in complex general surgical oncology.

Having trained under some of the leading experts in surgical oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York Dr. Bhagwandin is now one of those specialists. He is currently one of the few surgeons in South Florida offering an innovative new treatment for abdominal cancers called HIPEC. This complicated surgery and chemotherapy gives new hope to people with aggressive cancers, including peritoneal mesothelioma.

Early Education and Career

Returning to where he attended high school and college, Dr. Bhagwandin now holds a position at Jupiter Medical Center near Palm Beach in South Florida. He graduated from Deerfield Beach High School in Broward County, where he completed the competitive and challenging International Baccalaureate program. He then attended and earned his undergraduate degree at Florida Atlantic University.

After earning his bachelor’s degree, Dr. Bhagwandin attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, where he earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. He went on to complete his residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Following the residency program Dr. Bhagwandin completed an internship and a fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he still holds positions as medical director of Surgical Oncology Network Development and as an associate professor. It was at Mount Sinai where Dr. Bhagwandin trained as a surgical oncologist and developed an interest in gastrointestinal oncology, including treating cancers like mesothelioma.

Current Position

Dr. Bhagwandin is currently an assistant professor in the surgical oncology department of the Department of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City. He is also the medical director of Surgical Oncology Network Development at Mount Sinai in New York.

While maintaining those positions Dr. Bhagwandin most recently accepted the role of medical director of the Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology Program at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida. Dr. Bhagwandin is from the area and wanted to return home to reach and help more patients. The Jupiter Medical Center is non-profit and he hopes to add his expertise to the Center’s already excellent record of patient care.

His continued affiliation with and roles at Mount Sinai in New York will also benefit his patients in Florida. They will have a doctor with access to extensive resources and a network of cancer specialists as well as clinical trials and experimental procedures.

Medical Specialties

Dr. Bhagwandin specializes in surgical oncology, the treatment of cancer with surgical procedures. His area of sub-specialty is abdominal cancers. This includes cancers of the bile duct, liver, stomach, pancreas, rectum, colon, and peritoneum. He also treats benign tumors and cysts of the abdominal organs and cavity. Dr. Bhagwandin works with experts in other areas of medicine to provide the best care for cancer patients that are complicated or recurrent. In addition to focusing on treating the cancer, Dr. Bhagwandin puts the focus on patient wellness, treating with each patient’s comfort and well-being in mind.

HIPEC and Treating Mesothelioma

Dr. Bhagwandin is one of few oncologists specializing in the use of HIPEC, or hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. This is a treatment procedure that was only recently developed but that is already proving to be more effective than other strategies in treating peritoneal mesothelioma. The first step in the process of using HIPEC is to surgically remove as much of the tumor mass as possible, known as cytoreductive surgery.

The second part of HIPEC is what is innovative. Instead of following up surgery with standard chemotherapy, which involves allowing the drug to circulate throughout the entire body, the chemotherapy drug is injected directly into the abdomen. This allows the drug to be more selective. The solution with the drug is also heated, as cancer cells are more susceptible to die from heat than healthy cells.

There are few doctors or surgeons trained in this complex procedure, which takes several hours. Many people who want to try it have to travel, but Dr. Bhagwandin has brought his expertise to patients in South Florida. He now offers this procedure so that more people in the area can benefit. For those with peritoneal mesothelioma, HIPEC offers hope of a longer life expectancy and even remission in some cases.

Certifications and Professional Memberships

Dr. Bhagwandin is the only physician board certified in complex general surgical oncology in the four-county region around Jupiter Medical Center and just one of seven in all of Florida. He is also board certified in general surgery. Dr. Bhagwandin is a member of the American College of Surgery, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

Dr. Bhagwandin is a dedicated surgeon who treats patients with some of the most difficult types of cancer. Bringing expertise and innovative new procedures to South Florida, he has expanded treatment access to patients throughout the region. Dr. Bhagwandin is known for taking good care of his patients and doing what is best for them, speaking both English and Spanish depending on patient needs. If you or a loved one is struggling with a peritoneal mesothelioma diagnosis it is important to seek out the opinion of an expert like Dr. Bhagwandin.

Page edited by Dave Foster

Dave has been a mesothelioma Patient Advocate for over 10 years. He consistently attends all major national and international mesothelioma meetings. In doing so, he is able to stay on top of the latest treatments, clinical trials, and research results. He also personally meets with mesothelioma patients and their families and connects them with the best medical specialists and legal representatives available. Connect with Patient Advocate Dave Foster

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