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Alvin Rucker, MD, MPH

House Staff
Start Year: 
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Medical School: 
Duke University

Program Start Year:  2020
Francis Chan Laboratory, joint IMM PhD/Surgery MD

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Thoracic surgical oncology
  • Immunotherapy

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I wanted a program with diverse clinical expertise and high volumes to get a good operative experience. I also wanted to be in a program with ample dedicated resources for research as well as faculty who were committed to aiding residents in their scientific pursuits. Having colleagues I could get along with was another important factor too.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

There are many strengths, but I think the operative experience is foremost. Duke has strong clinical programs in multiple surgical sub-specialities and you really get an opportunity to learn from many of the best in their respective fields. The research support is also unparalleled. There is ample funding and excellent mentorship. The willingness for the program to accommodate and embrace extensions in research time is also a testament to the program's commitment to creating academic surgeons.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Communicating early and often is paramount. You should never worry alone. Also, being respectful to all the members of our patient's care team is critical.

What do you like best about living in Durham and the Triangle?

There's great food and it is very easy to live here.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

Read, bike, cook.

Honors and Awards

  • Lefkowitz Society Inductee
  • Rucker AJ, Raman V, Jawitz O, D’Amico T, Harpole D. Lymph Node Assessment in Surgery for Limited Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer. STSA. 2019.
  • Cox M, Gilmore B, Rucker A, Leeras H. Surgical Technique and Review (STAR): How to Develop and Implement a Resident-Run Surgical Preparatory Course for Third- and Fourth-Year Medical Students. ASE. 2018.


Rucker, A Justin, Vignesh Raman, Oliver K. Jawitz, Kristen E. Rhodin, Betty C. Tong, David H. Harpole, and Thomas A. D’Amico. “Impact of Time to Endoscopic Resection on Outcomes for Stage I Esophageal Adenocarcinoma.” Ann Thorac Surg, April 12, 2021.

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Rucker, A Justin, Vignesh Raman, Oliver K. Jawitz, Soraya L. Voigt, Betty C. Tong, Thomas A. D’Amico, and David H. Harpole. “Effect of Lymph Node Assessment on Outcomes in Surgery for Limited Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer.” Ann Thorac Surg 110, no. 6 (December 2020): 1854–60.

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Rhodin, Kristen E., A Justin Rucker, Neal E. Ready, Thomas A. D’Amico, and Scott J. Antonia. “The immunotherapeutic landscape in non-small cell lung cancer and its surgical horizons.” J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 159, no. 4 (April 2020): 1616–23.

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Rucker, A Justin, Vignesh Raman, Oliver K. Jawitz, Soraya L. Voigt, David H. Harpole, Thomas A. D’Amico, and Betty C. Tong. “The Impact of Adjuvant Therapy on Survival After Esophagectomy for Node-negative Esophageal Adenocarcinoma.” Ann Surg, March 20, 2020.

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Egwim, Chidiebube C., Alvin J. Rucker, Deng C. Madut, Goderfroy S. Chery, Lonnie T. Sullivan, Larry R. Jackson, Wayne B. Batchelor, and Kevin L. Thomas. “Research Participation of a Professional Organization in Clinical Trials: The Association of Black cardiologists Clinical Trial Investigator Identification Project.” J Natl Med Assoc 111, no. 2 (April 2019): 122–33.

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Rucker, A Justin, Kevin L. Anderson, Michael S. Mulvihill, Babatunde A. Yerokun, Andrew S. Barbas, and Matthew G. Hartwig. “Simultaneous Versus Sequential Heart-liver Transplantation: Ideal Strategies for Organ Allocation.” Transplant Direct 5, no. 1 (January 2019): e415.

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Rucker, Alvin J., Ashley Murray, Zaneta Gaul, Madeline Y. Sutton, and Patrick A. Wilson. “The role of patient-provider sexual health communication in understanding the uptake of HIV prevention services among Black men who have sex with men.” Culture, Health & Sexuality 20, no. 7 (July 2018): 761–71.

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Osho, Asishana A., Anthony W. Castleberry, Babatunde A. Yerokun, Michael S. Mulvihill, Justin Rucker, Laurie D. Snyder, Robert D. Davis, and Matthew G. Hartwig. “Clinical predictors and outcome implications of early readmission in lung transplant recipients.” J Heart Lung Transplant 36, no. 5 (May 2017): 546–53.

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