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Ian Berger, MD

House Staff
University of Georgia
Medical School: 
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

Surgical quality, healthcare delivery, and health policy.

What were you looking for in a residency program?

Most importantly, a cohesive group of residents who are fun to be around, both in and out of work. Also, faculty who are invested in their trainees and push them to be the best surgeons possible. Finally, a location with plenty to do and extremely livable.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

The residents are extremely close and willing to help each other with anything. The program is a well-rounded surgical experience, especially with both open and minimally invasive techniques. The faculty are some of our biggest advocates, both in our training and life outside the hospital.


What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Never be afraid to ask questions.

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

There is so much to do that is both easy to get to and affordable. Both the mountains and beaches are close enough for day trips. Many residents own houses, which gives you more space and allows you to build equity.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

Running, playing soccer, hiking, and exploring the Durham restaurant scene.


Patel, Akash, Leonid Roshkovan, Sally McNulty, Evan Alley, Drew A. Torigian, Arun C. Nachiappan, Maya Galperin-Aizenberg, et al. “Delayed-Phase Enhancement for Evaluation of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma on Computed Tomography: A Prospective Cohort Study.” Clinical Lung Cancer 22, no. 3 (May 2021): 210-217.e1.

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Katz, Sharyn I., Leonid Roshkovan, Ian Berger, Joseph S. Friedberg, Evan W. Alley, Charles B. Simone, Andrew R. Haas, Keith A. Cengel, Daniel H. Sterman, and Steven M. Albelda. “Serum soluble mesothelin-related protein (SMRP) and fibulin-3 levels correlate with baseline malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) tumor volumes but are not useful as biomarkers of response in an immunotherapy trial.” Lung Cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 154 (April 2021): 5–12.

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Berger, I., Scott Simpson, J. S. Friedberg, Melissa J. Culligan, E Paul Wileyto, Evan W. Alley, D. Sterman, et al. “CT for detection of malignant posterior intercostal lymph nodes in patients undergoing pre-operative staging for malignant pleural mesothelioma.” Lung Cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 152 (February 2021): 34–38.

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Malhotra, Neil R., Matthew Piazza, Rebecca Demoor, Scott D. McClintock, Keith Hamilton, Nikhil Sharma, Benjamin Osiemo, et al. “Impact of Reduced Preincision Antibiotic Infusion Time on Surgical Site Infection Rates: A Retrospective Cohort Study.” Annals of Surgery 271, no. 4 (April 2020): 774–80.

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Michael, Patrick, Vi T. Tran, Marilyn Hopkins, Ian Berger, Justin Ziemba, Utsav K. Bansal, Adithya Balasubramanian, et al. “Comparison of Urologic Transfers to Academic Medical Centers: A Multi-institutional Perspective.” Urology 136 (February 2020): 100–104.

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Skokan, Alexander J., Ryan W. Dobbs, Andrew M. Harris, Christopher D. Tessier, Kamran P. Sajadi, Ruchika Talwar, Ian Berger, Thomas J. Guzzo, and Justin B. Ziemba. “Implementing a patient safety culture survey to identify and target process improvements in academic ambulatory urology practices: a multi-institutional collaborative.” The Canadian Journal of Urology 27, no. 1 (February 2020): 10087–92.


Glauser, Gregory, Matthew Piazza, Ian Berger, Benjamin Osiemo, Scott D. McClintock, Eric Winter, H Isaac Chen, Zarina S. Ali, and Neil R. Malhotra. “The Risk Assessment and Prediction Tool (RAPT) for Discharge Planning in a Posterior Lumbar Fusion Population.” Neurosurgery 86, no. 2 (February 2020): E140–46.

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Berger, Ian, Matthew Piazza, Nikhil Sharma, Gregory Glauser, Benjamin Osiemo, Scott D. McClintock, John Y. K. Lee, James M. Schuster, Zarina Ali, and Neil R. Malhotra. “Evaluation of the Risk Assessment and Prediction Tool for Postoperative Disposition Needs After Cervical Spine Surgery.” Neurosurgery 85, no. 5 (November 2019): E902–9.

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Berger, Ian, Marshall Strother, Ruchika Talwar, Justin Ziemba, Christopher Wirtalla, Leilei Xia, Thomas Guzzo, M Kit Delgado, and Rachel Kelz. “National Variation in Opioid Prescription Fills and Long-Term Use in Opioid Naïve Patients after Urological Surgery.” The Journal of Urology 202, no. 5 (November 2019): 1036–43.

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Dowzicky, Phillip, Chris Wirtalla, Jennifer Fieber, Ian Berger, Steve Raper, and Rachel R. Kelz. “Hospital Teaching Status Impacts Surgical Discharge Efficiency.” Journal of Surgical Education 76, no. 5 (September 2019): 1329–36.

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