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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


Kwun, J., B. Ezekian, M. Manook, J. Park, J. Yoon, J. Sloan-Lancaster, C. Fortier, P. Rao, and S. Knechtle. “Targeting Calcium Release-Activated Calcium (CRAC) Channel in Non-Human Primate Kidney Transplantation.” In American Journal of Transplantation, 18:901–901. WILEY, 2018.


Mulvihill, M., B. Ezekian, Q. Gao, K. Samy, R. Davis, F. Leopardi, W. Giles, et al. “Thymic Irradiation as a Maneuver for Repertoire Exchange in Costimulatory-Blockade-Based Immunotherapy.” In American Journal of Transplantation, 18:629–629. WILEY, 2018.


Freischlag, Kyle William, Julia Messina, Brian Ezekian, Michael S. Mulvihill, Andrew Barbas, Carl Berg, Debra Sudan, John Reynolds, Matthew Hartwig, and Stuart Knechtle. “Single-Center Long-Term Analysis of Combined Liver-Lung Transplant Outcomes.” Transplant Direct 4, no. 5 (May 2018): e349.

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Leraas, Harold J., Jina Kim, Zhifei Sun, Brian Ezekian, Brian C. Gulack, Christopher R. Reed, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Solid Pseudopapillary Neoplasm of the Pancreas in Children and Adults: A National Study of 369 Patients.” J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 40, no. 4 (May 2018): e233–36.

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Turner, Megan C., Mohamed Abdelgadir Adam, Zhifei Sun, Jina Kim, Brian Ezekian, Babatunde A. Yerokun, Christopher R. Mantyh, and John Migaly. “Response to Letter: Comment on "Insurance Status, Not Race Is Associated With Use of Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach for Rectal Cancer".” Ann Surg 267, no. 2 (February 2018): e30.

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Kwun J, Burghuber C, Manook M, et al. Successful desensitization with proteasome inhibition and costimulation blockade in sensitized nonhuman primates. Blood Adv. 2017;1(24):2115-2119.” Blood Adv 2, no. 2 (January 23, 2018): 89.

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Ezekian, Brian, Brian R. Englum, Brian C. Gulack, Kristy L. Rialon, Jina Kim, Lindsay J. Talbot, Obinna O. Adibe, Jonathan C. Routh, Elisabeth T. Tracy, and Henry E. Rice. “Comparing oncologic outcomes after minimally invasive and open surgery for pediatric neuroblastoma and Wilms tumor.” Pediatr Blood Cancer 65, no. 1 (January 2018).

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Mulvihill, Michael, Brian Ezekian, and Andrew Barbas. “Magnitude and Implications of the Opioid Crisis on Liver and Kidney Transplantation in the United States.” In American Journal of Transplantation, 18:31–32. WILEY, 2018.


Adam, Mohamed Abdelgadir, Megan C. Turner, Zhifei Sun, Jina Kim, Brian Ezekian, John Migaly, and Christopher R. Mantyh. “The appropriateness of 30-day mortality as a quality metric in colorectal cancer surgery.” Am J Surg 215, no. 1 (January 2018): 66–70.

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Kwun, Jean, Christopher Burghuber, Miriam Manook, Brian Ezekian, Jaeberm Park, Janghoon Yoon, John S. Yi, et al. “Successful desensitization with proteasome inhibition and costimulation blockade in sensitized nonhuman primates.” Blood Adv 1, no. 24 (November 14, 2017): 2115–19.

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