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About Joel M. Baumgartner, MD

Joel M. Baumgartner, MD, is a surgical oncologist with expertise in treating cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract including peritoneal mesothelioma and peritoneal carcinomatosis. He treats tumors that have metastasized to the abdomen, using treatment known as the "chemo bath" or hyperthermic (heated) intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). This treatment involves surgical resection of all tumors followed by circulation of heated chemotherapy throughout the abdomen. This technique avoids many of the toxicities associated with systemic chemotherapy, while exposing the abdomen to higher concentrations of chemotherapy.

Dr. Baumgartner also treats melanoma and performs wide local excision of these tumors, sentinel lymph node biopsies and lymph node dissections.

As an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, Dr. Baumgartner instructs medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. His research interests are in clinical trials, HIPEC, melanoma and immunotherapy.

Dr. Baumgartner completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with a focus on clinical research, which included additional training in the development and conduct of clinical trials. He completed a residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, Ind. Dr. Baumgartner is board certified in general surgery.

He is a member of numerous societies including the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and is an associate member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American College of Surgeons.

For more information, see Gastrointestinal Cancers and Moores Cancer Center.

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UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Medical Degree

  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Internship

  • University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Residency

  • University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Fellowship

  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Gender

  • Male

Date Joined Staff

  • 2012-08-06

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery

Conditions and Treatments

  • Appendix Cancer
  • Peritoneal Mesothelioma
  • Peritoneal Metastases / Carcinomatosis
  • HIPEC
  • Melanoma
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Skin Cancer
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted