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David Becerra, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Medical School: 
Indiana University School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Lung Transplantation
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Transplant Tolerance
  • Ex Vivo Organ Perfusion

What were you looking for in a residency program?

  • A program that would provide clinical training rigorous enough for immediate general surgery practice upon graduation.
  • A program that supported basic science research during residency and provided opportunities to gain expertise in a specific research discipline.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

  • A commitment to excellence and high expectations for all trainees.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Embrace discomfort as the best learning often comes through challenge and difficulty. Immerse yourself in your specialty and commit to being the best clinician your potential allows.

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

  • Cost of living and very mild winters 

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

  •    Golf, tennis, run, cycle

Honors and Awards

  • NIH-NIAID T32: Training in Transplantation Biology (Harvard Medical School, MGH)
  • Wilkins Visiting Professor Presentation (Department of Thoracic Surgery, MGH)
  • Award of Excellence in Surgical Education (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)
  • Appleseed Resident Teaching Award (Department of Surgery, Duke)
  • MGH Transplant Research Symposium (Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Paul Russell Visiting Professor Presentation (Department of Transplant Surgery, MGH)