Keki Balsara

Keki Balsara

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Division of Cardiac Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, US

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Personal History

Dr Keki Balsara is a cardiothoracic surgeon based in Nashville, Tennessee.


Academic History

Dr Balsara completed a BA in 1998 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned his MD. He pursued his internship, residency and fellowship at Duke University, and another residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed an MBA at The Wharton School in 2019.


Career Overview

Dr Balsara worked as a cardiothoracic surgeon and surgical intensivist at the Washington University in St. Louis, before taking his current position as Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2018.


Career Timeline

  • 1994 - 1998: BA, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1998 - 2003: MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • 2003 - 2004: General Surgery Intern, Duke University
  • 2004 - 2010: General Surgery Resident, Duke University
  • 2010 - 2011: Critical Care Fellow,  Duke University
  • 2011 - 2014: Cardiothoracic Resident, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • 2014 - 2018: Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Surgical Intensivist, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2018 - Present: Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • 2019: MBA, The Wharton School



  • 2011: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • 2012: American Board of Surgery, Critical Care
  • 2015: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
  • Joel Cooper Career Development Award - International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery Leadership Academy
  • Danny O. Jacobs Award for Surgical Excellence - Duke University Medical Center


Areas of Speciality

  • Adult cardiac Surgery
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Heart Assist Devices
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support





Articles by Keki Balsara, Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation as a Treatment for Branch Pulmonary Artery Rupture Following Right Heart Catheterisation

Vineet Agrawal, Kelly A Costopoulos, Mohammed Chowdhary, et al


Citation: Cardiac Failure Review 2022;8:e03.

Unknown Risks of Transplantation in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

Aniket S Rali, Angela Weingarten, Emily Sandhaus, et al


Citation: Cardiac Failure Review 2021;7:e14.