Sandeep J. Khandhar, MD, FACS

Virginia Cancer Specialists' Physicians

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Collaboration is the next innovation: bringing together the best of minds for the fastest diagnosis, most effective treatment and optimal quality of life and longevity.

As a physician, he tells his patients: It’s my job to worry for you… it’s your job to live life.

Work and Credentials:

Primary Location

Fairfax Office


Thoracic Surgeon

Board Certification

Cardiothoracic Surgery and General Surgery


University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Cardiothoracic Surgery, Duke University Hospital Thoracic Surgery - Minimally Invasive and Thoracic Oncology


University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio General Surgery

Medical School

Northwestern University Medical School


Northwestern University Medical School

Special Interests

Thoracic surgery, Lung Cancer

Hospital Affiliations

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital

Dr. Sandeep Khandhar is board certified in cardiothoracic and general surgery. In 2019, he joined Virginia Cancer Specialists having over 20 years of clinical experience. He has a special interest in the management of Lung Cancer and employing minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Dr. Khandhar earned a degree from Northwestern University in Biomedical Engineering followed by his medical degree. He then went on to complete his internship and residency in General Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he also served as the administrative chief resident. There he completed a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery and then further specialized in Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology at Duke University. He has been practicing cardiothoracic surgery in Northern Virginia for over a decade and has been granted many awards and honors. Among these honors were Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctors and Washingtonian Top Doctors.

He has served and continues to serve in many hospital leadership roles. In an effort to steer the direction of growth and development in surgical lung cancer treatment, he sits on the advisory boards of leading medical device companies globally, staying abreast of cutting-edge technological innovations in the thoracic field. Dr. Khandhar is passionate about collaboration and believes that the best possible outcomes occur when the entire thoracic oncology team – medical oncology, radiation oncology and thoracic surgery work together to care for the patient.

Dr. Khandhar currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time he likes to travel.

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Physician Publications

April 1, 2022

NAVIGATE 24-Month Results: Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy for Pulmonary Lesions at 37 Centers in Europe and the United States

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November 23, 2018

Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy for Peripheral Pulmonary Lesions: One-Year Results of the Prospective, Multicenter NAVIGATE Study

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November 10, 2018

Implementing a thoracic enhanced recovery with ambulation after surgery program: key aspects and challenges.

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More Publications by Sandeep J. Khandhar, MD, FACS

August 13, 2018

Successful endobronchial treatment of a non-healing tracheoesophageal fistula from a previous histoplasmosis capsulatum infection using decellularized porcine urinary bladder matrix

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June 1, 2018

Thoracic enhanced recovery with ambulation after surgery: a 6-year experience

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