Dr. Idrees has extensive experience treating mesothelioma and other thoracic malignancies, and has several abdominal surgical specialties. He is an accomplished cancer researcher, which he balances with experience from several respected cancer hospitals and programs.
“Our patients’ quality of life is vastly improved and survival rates are increased. That gives us all such motivation to continue building and expanding this route of treatment,” said Dr. Idrees, of the HIPEC treatment.
Dr. Idrees is interested in the link between patient literacy, or the amount of education a patient has about their own disease, and patient outcomes after surgery. He also co-founded the Vanderbilt Surgical Oncology and Health Literacy Association. As a result, mesothelioma patients who work with Dr. Idrees can expect to have a strong understanding of their condition and options before and after treatment.
Dr. Idrees speaks English, Urdu and Pashto. In his spare time, Dr. Idrees enjoys swimming, soccer, traveling, and the ancient cavalry-sport “tent pegging”.
Dr. Idrees’ Location
Vanderbilt Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery
2220 Pierce Avenue
597 Preston Research Building
Nashville, TN, 37232
Dr. Idrees’ Career Highlights
- Director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy / HIPEC Therapy Program at Vanderbilt, which he helped create
- Over two decades experience in Pakistan and the United States
- Received the Young Investigator Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology
- Co-founded Vanderbilt Surgical Oncology and Health Literacy (V-SOHL)
Dr. Idrees’ Background
Dr. Kamran Idrees was born in Peshawar, Pakistan, where he began his medical education before permanently relocating to the United States two decades ago. Since then, Dr. Idrees has become a phenomenal surgical oncologist with training at several top-notch medical facilities. He is now considered a top mesothelioma specialist in the United States.
Dr. Idrees received his MD from the Aga Khan University Medical College’s campus in Pakistan, in 1999. He then pursued his internship and residency in general surgery at William Beaumont Hospital, followed by a Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He then completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
After these invaluable experiences, Dr. Idrees went on to complete two more fellowships: a surgical oncologist fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Fellowship at St. Louis’ Washington University.
Dr. Idrees has also taught surgery at several respected medical institutions, including the Birmingham VA Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Washington University.
In 2016, Dr. Idrees received the Young Investigator Award for his proposal that suggested there may be a link between patient literacy and their surgical outcome. His recent research on the study has revealed evidence that patients who better understand their conditions and procedures are in turn more likely to have fast patient recoveries. Dr. Idrees continues to research this topic further, which could lead to better education for patients who need any form of major surgery, including those with mesothelioma.
Dr. Idrees is a board-certified surgical oncologist who specialists in malignancies including mesothelioma, peritoneal surface malignancies and a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions. He has extensive experience with pancreatic, liver, colon, and abdominal cancers.
As the Director of the Peritoneal Malignancy program at Vanderbilt, Dr. Idrees has extensive understanding and experience with regional cancer therapy, including hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), also referred to as “heated chemotherapy.” He helped bring HIPEC therapy to Vanderbilt, making it an option for their mesothelioma patients.
“We are able to use a higher dose of chemotherapy in the peritoneal cavity than we would be able to administer through the bloodstream because of the toxicity. The solution is heated to 42 degrees centigrade (107.6 F) in an attempt to kill any remaining cancer cells.” -Dr. Kamran Idrees
Dr. Idrees’ Career Accomplishments
Dr. Idrees has led an impressive career, making notable contributions to the medical community at a younger age than many of his peers. His research has led to four dozen published articles, and his clinical work enabled him to create the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy division at Vanderbilt’s comprehensive cancer center, and become its first director.
Awards & Honours
- SSO Foundation Young Investigator Award
- NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award
Dr. Idrees’ Current Work
Dr. Kamran Idrees is currently the Director of Peritoneal Surface Malignancy, also referred to as the HIPEC Therapy Program, at Vanderbilt University. He was recruited to create and lead this comprehensive division of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and has done so using a multidisciplinary approach. From evaluation and diagnoses to staging and treatment, Dr. Idrees uses a coordinated strategy with many oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and supportive staff to treat patients with mesothelioma and other malignant disorders.
Dr. Idrees is respected for his minimally invasive approach towards mesothelioma and other cancers, utilizing both laparoscopic and robotic techniques whenever possible.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Idrees continues to research a number of topics, including the link between a patient’s education and their surgical outcome. He is also an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt University, where he continues to teach the next generation of talented surgeons.
Dr. Idrees is currently a member of several professional organizations including:
- Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research
- Vanderbilt Surgical Oncology and Health Literacy
- American Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancy
- American Board of Surgery
- Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
- Southeast Surgical Congress (SESC)
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- American Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association (AHPBA)
- International Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association (IHPBA)
- American College of Surgeons
- Detroit Surgical Association
Featured Publication by Dr. Idrees
In this study “Association of Health Literacy With Postoperative Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Major Abdominal Surgery”, Dr. Idrees and his colleagues reviewed patient outcomes in relation to the patient’s original understanding of their medical condition, options, and treatment strategy. The study reviewed 1239 patients, who had a median education level of 13 years—typically the completion of high school.
Dr. Idrees and his colleagues found that patients with lower health literacy ended up hospitalized for longer after their abdominal surgery, suggesting that health literacy does play a role in overall patient outcomes. Therefore, patients may need to be fully educated on their conditions and treatment plans before surgery to help improve recovery times. The study ultimately included that health literacy needs to be evaluated further.
Dr. Idrees’ Healing Philosophy
Vanderbilt University Medical Center attempts to discover fresh insights into the significant diseases of the modern world, including mesothelioma. By hiring compassionate doctors with excellent skills, like Dr. Idrees, the medical facility is improving the health of people throughout the United States and beyond. Vanderbilt combines personalized care with universal medical advancements, helping patients receive the best treatment plans possible.