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Surgery Grand Rounds

Every Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:00am


Duke to Covid-19 restrictions, Surgery Grand Rounds is held remotely via Zoom until further notice


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In Response to COVID-19

 In support of this effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and in consideration for the well-being of our external faculty Duke is postponing, cancelling or virtualizing any Duke-sponsored in-person event taking place on-campus or off-campus until further notice.  This includes recruitment events, tours, student programs, reunions, performances, conferences and social events.  For more information on Duke's response, please see



The mission for Surgery Grand Rounds is to provide an educational format that has a broad appeal to Duke faculty, residents, staff, and students. Grand Rounds consists of a broad range of topics that are presented by local, regional, and international speakers on clinical education, research science, developments in technology, and also addresses other related issues that may affect our current and future surgeons.  Physicians who attend Surgery Grand Rounds are eligible to receive CME credit.

How to Attend

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Surgery Grand Rounds are held remotely via Zoom until further notice. Weekly email announcements are typically sent on Mondays at 9:30am with Zoom link information and speaker details.  To receive these weekly emails as well as upcoming event announcements, please email  


Endowed Lectureships


William J. Barwick Lecture Chinnis Lecture     
Merel H. Harmel Lecture  Allan H. Friedman Lecture  
Robert Wilkins Lecture H. Newland Oldham Professor Lecture
Kenan Lecture  

Association of Women Surgeons

AWS Grand Rounds serves as an opportunity to bring together medical students, residents, and faculty to catalyze an important shift in the culture of medicine and address implicit bias and microaggression. The keynote speech and workshops aim to help attendees gain a common understanding of the challenges posed to women surgeons and of avenues to propose, implement, and revise strategies to address these challenges together as a Duke community.

Chief Talks

Chief Talks consists of Exit presentations given by Chief Residents from the Department of Cardio-Thoracic and the Department of General Surgery. Each Resident will give a 15-20 minute presentation. Following will be a 10 minute Q&A session.  

2021 Chief Residents:

Hai Salfity, MD  Morgan Cox, MD, MHS  Uttara Nag, MD
Robert Patrick Davis, MD  Brian Ezekian, MD Cecilia Ong, MD
Charles Wojnarski, MD Michael Mulvihill, MD Megan Turner, MD


Upcoming Speakers                                              

View our complete schedule

Date Speaker
June 2, 2021

Chief Talks:

Robert Patrick Davis, MD
Chief Resident, Cardiothoracic Surgery

 Charles Wojnarski, MD
Chief Resident, Cardiothoracic Surgery

May 26, 2021

Chief Talks:

Morgan Cox, MD
Chief Resident, General Surgery

  Michael Mulvihill, MD
Chief Resident, General Surgery

May 19, 2021

Chief Talks:

Uttara Nag, MD
Chief Resident, General Surgery

Cecilia Ong, MD
Chief Resident, General Surgery

May 12, 2021

Chief Talks: 

Brian Ezekian, MD
Chief Resident, General Surgery

Megan C. Turner Turley, MD
Chief Resident, General Surgery

May 5, 2021

Derek Jones - myRESEARCHsuite
Associate Director of Research Initiatives & IT Engagement
Duke Office of Research Initiatives

Chief Talks:  Hai Salfity, MD
Chief Resident, Cardiothoracic Surgery

April 28, 2021 Sean Grondin, MD, MPH, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Thoracic, Department of Surgery
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
April 21, 2021 George Gittes, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Benjamin R. Fisher Chair in Pediatric Surgery, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Co-scientific Director, Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research
Director of Surgical Research, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
April 14, 2021

Gilbert Upchurch, MD

Edward M. Copeland III and Ann & Ira Horowitz Chair
Professor of Vascular Surgery
Department of Surgery
University of Florida

March 31, 2021

Mary E. Klingensmith, MD, FACS

Mary Culver Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

March 24, 2021 Stuart Knechtle, MD
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Surgery
Executive Director, Duke Transplant Center
March 17, 2021 David B. Powers, MD, DMD, FACS, FRCS (Ed)
Professor of Surgery
Director, Duke Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Program
Fellowship Director - Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstructive Surgery
March 10, 2021 Douglas Tyler, MD, MSHCT
John Woods Harris Distinguished Chair in Surgery
Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery
University of Texas Medical Branch
Adjunct Professor of Surgical Oncology
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


On-Demand Viewing

Access previously recorded Surgery Grand Rounds and virtual Chief Talks by logging in to our media library linked below. These recordings are only available to current Duke faculty, staff, and trainees with a valid Duke NetID. No credit will be offered for on-demand viewing past 3:00pm ET on the day of recording. 

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To view older archives prior to April 2020, click here.

RSS Global Learning Objectives

  1. Review and discuss new advances in general surgery
  2. Present and discuss case studies, protocols, treatment guidelines and surgical/pathology reports appropriate to General Surgery practice
  3. Review and discuss clinical findings and other evidence from pertinent literature

RSS Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.


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