Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin

Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin

Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin is a surgical oncologist who specializes in gastrointestinal cancers, including peritoneal mesothelioma, peritoneal carcinomatosis, and colon and rectal cancers. His relaxed and compassionate demeanor helps his patients know they can trust him and his multidisciplinary approach to restore their well-being.

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About Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin

Dr. Bhagwandin is a medical oncologist and the Medical Director of the Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology Program at Jupiter Medical Center and the Medical Director of Surgical Oncology Network Development at Mount Sinai Hospital. He studies, diagnoses, and treats a variety of gastrointestinal cancers and complex cancers of the liver, pancreas, and biliary tract.

He believes in a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. Having multiple experts treat the patient is crucial because of the many ways the disease can present and spread through the patient’s body. Patients working with him can trust that his kind demeanor is not a façade, but that he genuinely cares about the people he works with.

He believes it is vital for him to advocate for his patients and equip them with the health literacy they need advocate for themselves.

“A subtle distinction between surgical oncologists and other surgical specialties is our underlying training in oncology that marries the technical feasibility with an understanding of the biology of the disease.”
—Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin

One of Dr. Bhagwandin’s specializations is cytoreduction with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for peritoneal mesothelioma. Cytoreduction is the process of surgically removing as much of the visible tumor from the abdomen as possible. It’s then followed by HIPEC—a heated chemotherapy cocktail added directly to the abdominal cavity after surgery so the drugs can kill cancerous cells that may have been left behind.

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Dr. Bhagwandin’s Location

Patients interested in working with Dr. Bhagwandin can reach him at:

Office of Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin – General Surgery
Jupiter Medical Center Physician Group
1240 S Old Dixie Hwy
Jupiter, FL 33458
(561) 263-4400

Dr. Bhagwandin’s Career Highlights

Dr. Bhagwandin has dedicated his career to treating gastrointestinal cancers, including peritoneal mesothelioma. He also believes it’s important for patients to receive care close to their homes, which is why he moved to Florida.

Right now, Dr. Bhagwandin is the only surgical oncologist who has been trained to treat peritoneal mesothelioma at Jupiter Medical Center.

Since moving to Florida, Dr. Bhagwandin has brought hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to Jupiter Medical Center, which has allowed the center to better treat mesothelioma cases.

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Dr. Bhagwandin’s Background

Dr. Bhagwandin obtained his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. He then moved to New York, where he completed his internship at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

From there, Dr. Bhagwandin moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago for his residency. Finally, he moved back to New York to participate in a fellowship at the Ichan School of Medicine. As a result of his hard work and education, Dr. Bhagwandin is board certified in both general surgery and complex general surgical oncology.

“Variety is one of the primary reasons I was attracted to my specialty. On any given day, we perform a liver or pancreatic resection or an extremity sarcoma excision or deliver heated chemotherapy into the abdomen for advanced peritoneal malignancies.”
—Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin

In addition to his work as a surgeon, Dr. Bhagwandin is also an assistant professor for the Department of Surgery’s surgical oncology division at the Icahn School of Medicine. Here, he teaches the next generation of doctors how to perform procedures such as a cytoreduction with HIPEC. He encourages students to think outside of the box so they can develop new and innovative ways to improve current procedures or create new cancer treatments.

Dr. Bhagwandin is a member of several different professional organizations:

  • Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)
  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA)
  • American College of Surgery (ACS)

Dr. Bhagwandin’s Current Work

Dr. Bhagwandin is affiliated with two hospitals:

  1. Jupiter Medical Center in Florida—Medical Director of the Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology Program
  2. Mount Sinai Hospital in New York—Medical Director for Surgical Oncology Network Development

Because Jupiter Medical Center has such skilled surgical and gastrointestinal surgical teams, the hospital has twice been awarded one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care and America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery.

Like many surgical oncologists, Dr. Bhagwandin’s work involves several partnerships with other specialists and experts within the oncology program.

“My interests and training are solidified by the collaborative relationships we have with multiple specialties, such as medical oncology, radiation oncology, and therapeutic interventional radiologists. Through this complex approach to oncology care, I am challenged by the patients referred to us following a devastatingly new diagnosis of cancer with hopes of a cure.”
—Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin

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Dr. Bhagwandin’s Healing Philosophy

Dr. Bhagwandin believes it’s imperative for a surgical oncologist to be informative and comforting to their patients, which is why he strives to be kind and nonjudgmental with every patient he works with. He considers this approach to be especially important the first time he meets a new patient after they have received their diagnosis.

To Dr. Bhagwandin, it’s unacceptable for a patient to have their cancer come back or spread only three months after they have undergone surgery. But because he knows that a patient’s first instinct is to want the tumor removed immediately, he recognizes how important it is to take time to go over their treatment options.

“When patients are referred to a surgical oncologist, there has been very little opportunity for them to accept a recent cancer diagnosis. The denial, the rationalization of blame — compounded by any attempt to explain to their loved ones what may be going on — is only about to become even more complicated. I firmly believe it’s important to take a step back, recognize there is a person in front of you, and address any obvious misconceptions before proceeding.”
—Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin

He takes his time to carefully discuss how aggressive mesothelioma is and which treatments he feels would be better. Depending on the conversation with the individual patient, they may decide it’s better to start with chemotherapy or radiation to shrink the tumor or kill cells that have split off before undergoing surgery. Alternatively, they may choose to start with cytoreduction with HIPEC.

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