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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


Leraas, Harold J., Laura H. Rosenberger, Yi Ren, Brian Ezekian, Uttara P. Nag, Christopher R. Reed, Samantha M. Thomas, Eun-Sil Shelley Hwang, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Pediatric phyllodes tumors: A review of the National Cancer Data Base and adherence to NCCN guidelines for phyllodes tumor treatment.” J Pediatr Surg 53, no. 6 (June 2018): 1123–28.

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Leraas, Harold J., Morgan L. Cox, Victoria A. Bendersky, Shanna S. Sprinkle, Brian F. Gilmore, Rathnayaka M. Gunasingha, Elisabeth T. Tracy, and Ranjan Sudan. “Instituting a Surgical Skills Competition Increases Technical Performance of Surgical Clerkship Students Over Time.” J Surg Educ 75, no. 3 (May 2018): 644–49.

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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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Adkar, Shaunak S., Megan C. Turner, Harold J. Leraas, Brian F. Gilmore, Uttara Nag, Ryan S. Turley, Cynthia K. Shortell, and Leila Mureebe. “Low mortality rates after endovascular aortic repair expand use to high-risk patients.” J Vasc Surg 67, no. 2 (February 2018): 424-432.e1.

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Ezekian, Brian, Brian Englum, Brian F. Gilmore, Uttara P. Nag, Jina Kim, Harold J. Leraas, Jonathan C. Routh, Henry E. Rice, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Renal medullary carcinoma: A national analysis of 159 patients.” Pediatr Blood Cancer 64, no. 11 (November 2017).

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Gulack, Brian C., Harold J. Leraas, Brian Ezekian, Jina Kim, Christopher Reed, Obinna O. Adibe, Henry E. Rice, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Outcomes following elective resection of congenital pulmonary airway malformations are equivalent after 3 months of age and a weight of 5 kg.” J Pediatr Surg, October 9, 2017.

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Ezekian, Brian, Brian R. Englum, Brian F. Gilmore, Jina Kim, Harold J. Leraas, Timothy A. Driscoll, Elisabeth T. Tracy, and Henry E. Rice. “Children Receiving Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation are at Increased Risk of Onychocryptosis Requiring Surgical Management.” J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 39, no. 7 (October 2017): e353–56.

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Turner, Megan C., Shaunak Adkar, Harold J. Leraas, Uttara Nag, Brian F. Gilmore, Ryan S. Turley, Cynthia Shortell, and Leila Mureebe. “PC012 Contemporary Mortality Rates After Endovascular Aortic Repair in Patients Unfit for Open Aortic Surgery: Is It Time to Revisit Endovascular Aortic Repair-2 Trial?” In Journal of Vascular Surgery, 65:144S-144S. Elsevier BV, 2017.

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Nag, Uttara P., Harold J. Leraas, Jina Kim, Brian Ezekian, Christopher Reed, Jeffrey H. Lawson, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “PC178 Age Associated With Mortality and Outcomes in Pediatric Vascular Trauma.” In Journal of Vascular Surgery, 65:187S-188S. Elsevier BV, 2017.

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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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