Kalpaj R. Parekh, MBBS

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
4.60 out of 5 (348 ratings)

Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery Division Director, Lung Transplant Surgical Director
Cardiothoracic Surgery
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"Every morning when I wake up I think about the cases I’m going to do. It excites me, and I look forward to it—and that’s what drives me every single day." — Kalpaj R. Parekh



Services and Clinics

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancers Treated


Adult Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Surgery
  • Transplant

Special Procedures and Treatments

  • Lung transplant
  • Thoracic robotic surgery
  • Thymectomy

Diseases and Conditions

  • Achalasia
  • Benign esophageal tumors
  • Chest wall tumors
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Diaphragm paralysis
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Esophageal diverticulum
  • Esophageal perforations
  • Esophageal strictures
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease, heartburn)
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Paraesophageal hernia


200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242



  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • Maharashtra Medical Council
  • United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)


  • MBBS, University of Mumbai, Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India
  • DG, University of Mumbai, Ruparel College, Mumbai, India


  • Otolaryngology, Grant Medical College and Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Group of Hospitals, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India
  • General Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis
  • Thoracic Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
  • Lung Transplantation, Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis


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Overall Rating

4.60 out of 5 (348 ratings)