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Harold Leraas, MD, MHS

House Staff
Start Year: 
Pacific Lutheran University
Medical School: 
Duke University School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

My clinical interests focus around pediatric surgery and surgical oncology. I will be spending my two years of research fellowship investigating impediments to oncologic care for children with solid organ tumors.

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I was looking for an academic program that provided a large surgical volume as well as complex cases. Duke offers an operative experience that is not limited by fellows, which allows residents to be active participants in technically complex operations.

Above all else, I was looking for camaraderie with my fellow residents. Duke Surgery has an incredible community of trainees and a truly unique relationship with our faculty. Knowing the strength of this community made Duke a very attractive option for my clinical training.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

  • Excellent surgical mentors.
  • Amazing potential for research experience.
  • Cohesive group of co-residents that value each other just as much as they value the care that our patients receive.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Have the vacation of a lifetime before residency starts!

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

I love living in the triangle! My wife and I bought our first house when we matched here. Our commute is easy and we are able to really relax at home when we are away from the hospital. This area is an up and coming area for restauranteurs and offers a lot of great options for hiking and outdoor activities.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

Outside of the hospital I spend my time cooking and eating out at the great restaurants in the area. I'm also an avid soccer and basketball fan. I balance these interests around my responsibility as a #DogDad.

Honors and Awards

  • Surgical Education Research Fellowship 2020
  • Duke Surgical Oncology T32


Tarnasky, Aaron M., Meredith A. Achey, Luke P. Wachsmuth, Hannah Williamson, Samantha M. Thomas, Sarah Jane Commander, Harold Leraas, Tim Driscoll, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Non-inferiority of fragmented care for high-risk pediatric neuroblastoma patients: a single institution analysis.” Pediatr Hematol Oncol, May 10, 2021, 1–26.

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Commander, Sarah Jane, Marcelo Cerullo, Harold J. Leraas, Christopher R. Reed, Meredith A. Achey, Lucas P. Wachsmuth, Gary R. Schooler, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Hepatic vascular malignancies in children are associated with increased rates of surgical resection and improved overall survival compared with adults.” Pediatr Blood Cancer 68, no. 5 (May 2021): e28864.

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Vasudevan, Sanjeev A., Tu-Anh N. Ha, Huirong Zhu, Todd E. Heaton, Michael P. LaQuaglia, Joseph T. Murphy, Wesley E. Barry, et al. “Pancreaticoduodenectomy for the treatment of pancreatic neoplasms in children: A Pediatric Surgical Oncology Research Collaborative study.” Pediatr Blood Cancer 67, no. 9 (September 2020): e28425.

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Leraas, Harold J., Morgan L. Cox, Kristen E. Rhodin, Kyle Freischlag, Brian F. Gilmore, Doreen Chang, Ranjan Sudan, John Haney, and John Migaly. “Medical Student Involvement and Learning Objectives in Morbidity and Mortality Conferences: A National Survey of the Association for Surgical Education's Committee of Clerkship Directors.” J Surg Educ 77, no. 1 (January 2020): 138–43.

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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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Reed, Christopher R., Hannah Williamson, Cory Vatsaas, Reed Kamyszek, Harold J. Leraas, Candice Ray, James Otto, Tamara Fitzgerald, Suresh Agarwal, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Higher mortality in pediatric and adult trauma patients with traumatic coagulopathy, using age-adjusted diagnostic criteria.” Surgery 165, no. 6 (June 2019): 1108–15.

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Kamyszek, Reed W., Harold J. Leraas, Christopher Reed, Candice M. Ray, Uttara P. Nag, Jessica L. Poisson, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Massive transfusion in the pediatric population: A systematic review and summary of best-evidence practice strategies.” J Trauma Acute Care Surg 86, no. 4 (April 2019): 744–54.

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Freischlag, Kyle, Keven Ji, Reed W. Kamyszek, Harold J. Leraas, Lindsey A. Olivere, Liana Gefter, Barry Mann, John Migaly, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Health Career Academy: Addition of a Surgical Case-Based Learning Curriculum Captures the Interest of High School Students.” J Surg Educ 76, no. 2 (March 2019): 401–7.

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Ezekian, Brian, Harold J. Leraas, Brian R. Englum, Brian F. Gilmore, Christopher Reed, Tamara N. Fitzgerald, Henry E. Rice, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Outcomes of laparoscopic resection of Meckel's diverticulum are equivalent to open laparotomy.” J Pediatr Surg 54, no. 3 (March 2019): 507–10.

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Kamyszek, Reed W., Harold J. Leraas, Uttara P. Nag, Lindsey A. Olivere, Amanda L. Nash, Hanna R. Kemeny, Jina Kim, et al. “Routine postprocedure ultrasound increases rate of detection of femoral arterial thrombosis in infants after cardiac catheterization.” Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 93, no. 4 (March 1, 2019): 652–59.

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