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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


Leraas, Harold J., Cecilia T. Ong, Zhifei Sun, Mohamed A. Adam, Jina Kim, Brian F. Gilmore, Brian Ezekian, Uttara S. Nag, Christopher R. Mantyh, and John Migaly. “Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Colectomy Improves Perioperative Outcomes Without Increasing Operative Time Compared to the Open Approach: a National Analysis of 8791 Patients.” J Gastrointest Surg 21, no. 4 (April 2017): 684–91.

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Turner, Megan, Mohamed Abdelgadir Adam, Zhifei Sun, Jina Kim, Brian Ezekian, Babatunde Yerokun, Christopher Mantyh, and John Migaly. “Insurance Status, Not Race, is Associated With Use of Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach for Rectal Cancer.” Ann Surg 265, no. 4 (April 2017): 774–81.

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Freischlag, K., B. Ezekian, M. Mulvihill, and S. Knechtle. “Long-Term Analysis of Combined Liver-Lung Transplant Outcomes at a Single-Center.” In American Journal of Transplantation, 17:598–99. WILEY, 2017.


Kim, Jina, Zhifei Sun, Brian Ezekian, Gary R. Schooler, Vinod K. Prasad, Joanne Kurtzberg, Henry E. Rice, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Gallbladder abnormalities in children with metachromatic leukodystrophy.” J Surg Res 208 (February 2017): 187–91.

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Ezekian, Brian, Brian R. Englum, Brian F. Gilmore, Jina Kim, Harold J. Leraas, and Henry E. Rice. “Onychocryptosis in the Pediatric Patient.” Clin Pediatr (Phila) 56, no. 2 (February 2017): 109–14.

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Schroder, Paul M., Brian Ezekian, Mandy Ford, Stuart J. Knechtle, and Jean Kwun. “Commentary: Belatacept Does Not Inhibit Follicular T Cell-Dependent B-Cell Differentiation in Kidney Transplantation.” Front Immunol 8 (2017): 1615.

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Gilmore, Brian F., Zhifei Sun, Mohamed Adam, Jina Kim, Brian Ezekian, Cecilia Ong, John Migaly, and Christopher R. Mantyh. “Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Versus Standard Laparoscopic Colectomy: Are Outcomes and Operative Time Different?” J Gastrointest Surg 20, no. 11 (November 2016): 1854–60.

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Ezekian, Brian, Zhifei Sun, Mohamed A. Adam, Jina Kim, Megan C. Turner, Brian F. Gilmore, Cecilia T. Ong, Christopher R. Mantyh, and John Migaly. “Robotic-Assisted Versus Laparoscopic Colectomy Results in Increased Operative Time Without Improved Perioperative Outcomes.” J Gastrointest Surg 20, no. 8 (August 2016): 1503–10.

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