Researcher’s Profile

Michael D. Kluger, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Milstein Hospital 6HS Surgical Oncology Unit
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The objective of Dr. Kluger's research is to identify safe and effective innovations in surgical practices that will reduce morbidity in patients undergoing pancreatic and liver surgery, thereby improving survival.  Specific areas of current research include operative indications for indolent and pre-malignant pancreatic lesions, blood transfusion practices during pancreatic cancer surgery, safety and indications of laparoscopic liver surgery, and irreversible electroporation for locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

Publications: 
Peer reviewed publications -  Yeh R, Steinman J, Luk L, Kluger MD, Hecht EM.  Imaging of pancreatic cancer: what the surgeon wants to know.  Clinical Imaging.  2016;7(42):203-217. PMID: 28110203. -  Leinwand JC, Chabot JA, Kluger MD.  Preventing recurrence of diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma.  Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy. 2016;16(9):989-95. PMID: 27486718 -  Parekh M, Kluger MD, Griesemer A, Bentley-Hibbert S.  Regenerative liver surgeries: the alphabet soup of emerging techniques.  Abdominal Radiology. 2016;41(1):162-73.  PMID: 26830622   -  Kluger MD, Epelboym I, Schrope BA, et al. Single-Institution Experience with Irreversible Electroporation for T4 Pancreatic Cancer: First 50 Patients. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Dec 29. -  Lee SY, Kingham TP, LaGratta MD, Jessurun J, Cherqui D, Jarnagin WR, Kluger MD. PET-avid hepatocellular adenomas: incidental findings associated with HNF1-α mutated lesions. Accepted for Publication 7/7/2015: HPB. PMID: 26472264. -  Sugahara KN, Scodeller P, Braun GB, de Mendoza TH, Yamazaki CM, Kluger MD, et al. A tumor-penetrating peptide enhances circulation-independent targeting of peritoneal carcinomatosis. J Control Release. 2015;212:59-69.  -  Kluger MD, Salceda JA, Laurent A et al. Liver resection for hepatocellular carcinoma in 313 Western patients: tumor biology and underlying liver rather than tumor size drive prognosis. J Hepatol. 2015;62(5):1131-40.  -  Afaneh C, Gerszberg D, Slattery E, Seres DS, Chabot JA, Kluger MD. Pancreatic cancer surgery and nutrition management: a review of the current literature. Hepatobiliary Surg Nutr. 2015;4(1):59-71.  -  Kluger MD, Halazun KJ, Barroso R, Fox AN, Olsen SK, Madoff DC, Siegel AB, Weintraub JL, Susman J, Brown RS, Cherqui D, Emond JC. Bland- versus chemo-embolization of hepatocellular carcinoma prior to transplantation. Liver Transplantation. 2014; 20(5): 536-543. PMID: 24493271. -  Belin LJ, Neely R, Kluger MD. Techniques for safe organ recovery after endovascular aortic and bariatric surgery. Liver Transplantation. 2014; 20(5): 619-623 PMID: 24493164. -  Kluger MD. Laparoscopic liver resection: basic skills for peripheral lesions (manuscript and video). Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition. 2014; 3(1):44-46. PMID 24696837. -  Afaneh C, Kluger MD. Laparoscopic liver resection: lessons at the end of the second decade. Semin Liver Dis. 2013;33(3):226-35. PMID: 23943103. -  Emond JC, Kluger MD. International perspectives on advanced liver surgery. Semin Liver Dis. 2013;33(3):187-8. PMID: 23943099. -  Kluger MD, Cherqui D. Laparoscopic resection of hepatocellular carcinoma. Recent Results Cancer Res. 2013;190:111-26. PMID: 22941017. -  Kluger MD, Halazun KJ, Barroso R, Fox AN, Olsen SK, Madoff DC, Siegel AB, Weintraub JL, Susman J, Brown RS, Cherqui D, Emond JC. Bland- versus chemo-embolization of hepatocellular carcinoma prior to transplantation. Liver Transplantation. 2014; 20(5): 536-543. PMID: 24493271. -  Lee SY, Mooney M, Inra M, Juluru K, Fox AN, Olsen SK, Brown RS, Emond JC, Cherqui D, Kluger MD. Exposure to ionizing radiation during liver transplantation evaluation, waitlisting, and post-operatively: a cause for concern. Hepatology. 2014; 59(2):496-504. PMID: 23904338 -  Kluger MD, Tayar C, Belli A, Salceda JA, Van Nhieu JT, Luciani A, Cherqui D. A foregut cystic neoplasm with diagnostic and therapeutic similarities to mucinous cystic neoplasms of the pancreas. JOP. 2013; 14(4):446-449. PMID: 23846945. -  Eveno C, Karoui M, Gayat E, Luciani A, Auriault ML, Kluger MD, Baumgaertner I, Baranes L, Laurent A, Tayar C, Azoulay D, Cherqui D. Liver resection for colorectal liver metastases with peri-operative chemotherapy: oncological results of R1 resections. HPB. 2013; 15(5):359-364. PMID: 23458567. -  Lee SY, Cherqui D, Kluger MD. Extended right hepatectomy in a liver with a non-bifurcating portal vein: the hanging maneuver protects the portal system in the presence of anomalies. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. 2013; 17:1494-1499. PMID: 23404171. -  Barrault C, Roudot-Thoraval F, Tran Van Nhieu J, Atanasiu C, Kluger MD, Medkour F, Douvin C, Mallat A, Zafrani ES, Cherqui D, Duvoux C. Non-invasive assessment of liver graft fibrosis by transient elastography after liver transplantation. Clin Res Hepatol Gastroenterol. 2013 Jan 10. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 23318116. -  Santambrogio R, Kluger MD, Costa M, Belli A, Barabino M, Laurent A, Opocher E, Azoulay D, Cherqui D. Hepatic resection for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with Child-Pugh’s A cirrhosis: is portal hypertension a contraindication? HPB, 2013; 15(1): 78-84. PMID: 23216782 -  Kluger MD, Vigano L, Barroso R, Cherqui D. The learning curve in laparoscopic major liver resection. J Hepatobiliary Pancreat Sci, 2013;20(2):131-6. PMID: 2
About: 

Dr. Michael Kluger is board-certified in general surgery and specialty trained in liver and pancreas surgery. He focuses on the operative management of pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, gallbladder disease and metastases to the liver and abdominal peritoneum. These complex diseases require treatment plans tailored to each patient's needs; therefore Dr. Kluger employs a multidisciplinary approach to determine the best available treatment options that maximize survival and quality of life. He is highly skilled in minimally invasive procedures, and uses laparoscopy whenever indicated.

Dr. Kluger graduated from the New York University School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and received awards for bioethics and community service. He completed his surgical residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. There he was selected to be the Administrative Chief Resident and won the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. He received advanced training in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at Hospital Henri Mondor in France under the world-renowned surgeon Professor Daniel Cherqui. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of several prestigious professional organizations, including the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.