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Jason A. Castellanos, MD, MS, FACS


Surgical Oncology, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery

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About Me
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About Me
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  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2024
  • 2017 - Administrative Chief Resident, General Surgery Residency, Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Department of Surgery
  • 2016 - Academic Surgical Congress Research Award, Society of Asian Academic Surgeons
  • 2016 - Outstanding Resident Research Award, Basic Science, Association of Academic Surgeons
  • 2013 - Kenneth Warren Research Award, Pancreas Club
  • 2012 - Best Resident Cancer Paper, Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • 2009 - Levi Watkins Jr. Student Award for Commitment to Diversity, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • 2009 - H. William Scott Society Prize in Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • 2009 - Alpha Omega Alpha

Office Locations

Fox Chase Cancer Center

333 Cottman Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19111

Phone: 888-369-2427


Dosch, Austin R., Xizi Dai, Alexander A. Gaidarski Iii, Chanjuan Shi, Jason A. Castellanos, Michael N. VanSaun, Nipun B. Merchant, and Nagaraj S. Nagathihalli. “Src Kinase Inhibition Restores E-Cadherin Expression in Dasatinib-Sensitive Pancreatic Cancer Cells.” Oncotarget 10, no. 10 (February 1, 2019): 1056–69. PMID: 30800218.

Totiger, Tulasigeri M., Supriya Srinivasan, Venkatakrishna R. Jala, Purushottam Lamichhane, Austin R. Dosch, Alexander A. Gaidarski, Chandrashekhar Joshi, Shobith Rangappa, Jason A. Castellanos, Praveen Vemula, Xi Chen, Deukwoo Kwon, Nilesh Kashikar, Michael VanSaun, Nipun Merchant, and Nagaraj Nagathihalli. “Urolithin A, a Novel Natural Compound to Target PI3K/AKT/MTOR Pathway in Pancreatic Cancer.” Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 18, no. 2 (February 1, 2019): 301–11. PMID: 30404927.

Srinivasan, Supriya, Tulasigeri Totiger, Chanjuan Shi, Jason A. Castellanos, Purushottam Lamichhane, Austin R. Dosch, Fanuel Messaggio, et al. “Tobacco Carcinogen-Induced Production of GM-CSF Activates CREB to Promote Pancreatic Cancer.” Cancer Research 78, no. 21 (November 1, 2018): 6146–58. PMID: 30232221.

Nagathihalli, Nagaraj S., Jason A. Castellanos, Purushottam Lamichhane, Fanuel Messaggio, Chanjuan Shi, Xizi Dai, Priyamvada Rai, Xi Chen, Michael N. VanSaun, and Nipun B. Merchant. “Inverse Correlation of STAT3 and MEK Signaling Mediates Resistance to RAS Pathway Inhibition in Pancreatic Cancer.” Cancer Research 78, no. 21 (November 1, 2018): 6235–46. PMID: 30154150.

Messaggio, Fanuel, Alisha M. Mendonsa, Jason A. Castellanos, Nagaraj S. Nagathihalli, Lee Gorden, Nipun B. Merchant, and Michael N. VanSaun. “Adiponectin Receptor Agonists Inhibit Leptin Induced PSTAT3 and in Vivo Pancreatic Tumor Growth.” Oncotarget 8, no. 49 (October 17, 2017): 85378–91. PMID: 29156726.

Kummerow Broman, Kristy, Christianne L. Roumie, Melissa K. Stewart, Jason A. Castellanos, John L. Tarpley, Robert S. Dittus, and Richard A. Pierce. “Implementation of a Telephone Postoperative Clinic in an Integrated Health System.” Journal of the American College of Surgeons 223, no. 4 (2016): 644–51. PMID: 2754510.

Nagathihalli, Nagaraj S., Jason A. Castellanos, Michael N. VanSaun, Xizi Dai, Mahogany Ambrose, Qiaozhi Guo, Yanhua Xiong, and Nipun B. Merchant. “Pancreatic Stellate Cell Secreted IL-6 Stimulates STAT3 Dependent Invasiveness of Pancreatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia and Cancer Cells.” Oncotarget 7, no. 40 (October 4, 2016): 65982–92. PMID: 27602757.

Walsh, Alex J., Jason A. Castellanos, Nagaraj S. Nagathihalli, Nipun B. Merchant, and Melissa C. Skala. “Optical Imaging of Drug-Induced Metabolism Changes in Murine and Human Pancreatic Cancer Organoids Reveals Heterogeneous Drug Response.” Pancreas 45, no. 6 (2016): 863–69. PMID: 26495796.

Nagathihalli, Nagaraj S.*, Jason A. Castellanos*, Chanjuan Shi, Yugandhar Beesetty, Michelle L. Reyzer, Richard Caprioli, Xi Chen, et al. “Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3, Mediated Remodeling of the Tumor Microenvironment Results in Enhanced Tumor Drug Delivery in a Mouse Model of Pancreatic Cancer.” Gastroenterology 149, no. 7 (December 2015): 1932-1943.e9. PMID: 26255562. *Co-first authors.

Guo Q, Ambrose M, Yugandhar Beesetty, Jason A. Castellanos, Nagaraj Nagathihalli, Nipun Merchant. IL-6 secreted from pancreatic stellate cells activates STAT3 and promotes cell growth and invasive ability of pancreatic cancer. Young Scientist. 2014; 4:63-65.

Castellanos, Jason A., and Nipun B. Merchant. “Intensity of Follow-up after Pancreatic Cancer Resection.” Annals of Surgical Oncology 21, no. 3 (March 2014): 747–51. PMID: 24092447.

Castellanos, Jason A., Christina M. Edwards, Aaron Shaver, Nipun B. Merchant, and Alexander A. Parikh. “Appendiceal Adenocarcinoma Presenting as Venous Thromboembolism: An Unusual Presentation of a Rare Carcinoma.” The American Surgeon 76, no. 5 (May 2010): 543–44. PMID: 20506889.

Merchant, Nipun B., Jennifer Rymer, Elizabeth A. S. Koehler, G. Daniel Ayers, Jason A. Castellanos, David A. Kooby, Sharon H. Weber, et al. “Adjuvant Chemoradiation Therapy for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma: Who Really Benefits?” Journal of the American College of Surgeons 208, no. 5 (May 2009): 829–38; discussion 838-841. PMID: 19476845.

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