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Brian Ezekian, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
Pennsylvania State University (Schreyer Honors College)
Medical School: 
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

Strategies for desensitization to overcome the HLA barrier to kidney transplantation; antibody-mediated rejection; novel immunosuppressive strategies

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I was looking for a collegial program with a family feel that provided a balanced focus on technical skills, research, and medical education.

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

Great people, food, beer, weather, and natural beauty. The Triangle has all the amenities and activities of a large city, but at an affordable price and with a small town vibe.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

Spending time with my wife and pets, running, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, cooking

Honors and Awards

  • American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination Award, 2015-2020
  • Apple Seed Resident Teaching Award, 2018-2019
  • Rosenkrantz Award Presentation, 2018
  • American Transplant Congress Young Investigator Award, 2018
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Inductee, 2017
  • Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies Travel Grant, 2017


Gilmore, Brian, Mohamed A. Adam, Kristen Rhodin, Megan C. Turner, Brian Ezekian, Christopher R. Mantyh, and John Migaly. “Evolution of minimally invasive surgery for rectal cancer: update from the national cancer database.” Surg Endosc 35, no. 1 (January 2021): 275–90.

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Kwun, Jean, Brian Ezekian, Miriam Manook, Jaeberm Park, Janghoon Yoon, Kyle Freischlag, Mingqing Song, et al. “Targeting Calcium Release-activated Calcium Channel Is Not Sufficient to Prevent Rejection in Nonhuman Primate Kidney Transplantation.” Transplantation 104, no. 5 (May 2020): 970–80.

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Scheuermann, Uwe, Tracy Truong, Elisabeth R. Seyferth, Kyle Freischlag, Qimeng Gao, John Yerxa, Brian Ezekian, et al. “Kidney Donor Profile Index Is a Reliable Alternative to Liver Donor Risk Index in Quantifying Graft Quality in Liver Transplantation.” Transplant Direct 5, no. 12 (December 2019): e511.

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Ezekian, Brian, Paul M. Schroder, Michael S. Mulvihill, Andrew Barbas, Bradley Collins, Kyle Freischlag, Janghoon Yoon, et al. “Pretransplant Desensitization with Costimulation Blockade and Proteasome Inhibitor Reduces DSA and Delays Antibody-Mediated Rejection in Highly Sensitized Nonhuman Primate Kidney Transplant Recipients.” J Am Soc Nephrol 30, no. 12 (December 2019): 2399–2411.

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Bendersky, Victoria A., Michael S. Mulvihill, Babatunde A. Yerokun, Brian Ezekian, Robert P. Davis, Matthew G. Hartwig, and Andrew S. Barbas. “Elevated Donor Hemoglobin A1C Impairs Kidney Graft Survival From Deceased Donors With Diabetes Mellitus: A National Analysis.” Exp Clin Transplant 17, no. 5 (October 2019): 613–18.

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Freischlag, Kyle, Brian Ezekian, Paul M. Schroder, Michael S. Mulvihill, Morgan L. Cox, Matthew G. Hartwig, and Stuart Knechtle. “A Propensity-matched Survival Analysis: Do Simultaneous Liver-lung Transplant Recipients Need a Liver?” In Transplantation, 103:1675–82, 2019.

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Mulvihill, Michael S., Kannan P. Samy, Qimeng A. Gao, Robin Schmitz, Robert P. Davis, Brian Ezekian, Francis Leopardi, et al. “Secondary lymphoid tissue and costimulation-blockade resistant rejection: A nonhuman primate renal transplant study.” Am J Transplant 19, no. 8 (August 2019): 2350–57.

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Leraas, Harold J., Maragatha Kuchibhatla, Uttara P. Nag, Jina Kim, Brian Ezekian, Christopher R. Reed, Henry E. Rice, Elisabeth T. Tracy, and Obinna O. Adibe. “Cervical seatbelt sign is not associated with blunt cerebrovascular injury in children: A review of the national trauma databank.” Am J Surg 218, no. 1 (July 2019): 100–105.

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Kwun, Jean, Marie Matignon, Miriam Manook, Soulef Guendouz, Vincent Audard, David Kheav, Elsa Poullot, et al. “Daratumumab in Sensitized Kidney Transplantation: Potentials and Limitations of Experimental and Clinical Use.” J Am Soc Nephrol 30, no. 7 (July 2019): 1206–19.

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Turner, M. C., M. D. Talbott, C. Reed, Z. Sun, M. L. Cox, B. Ezekian, K. L. Sherman, C. R. Mantyh, and J. Migaly. “Disparities in colostomy reversal after Hartmann's procedure for diverticulitis.” Tech Coloproctol 23, no. 5 (May 2019): 445–51.

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