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Ian Berger, MD

House Staff
College/University: 
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.
 

Publications

Michael, Patrick, Vi T. Tran, Marilyn Hopkins, Ian Berger, Justin Ziemba, Utsav K. Bansal, Adithya Balasubramanian, et al. “Comparison of Urological Transfers to Academic Medical Centers: A Multi-Institutional Perspective.” Urology, November 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urology.2019.11.010.

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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 1, 2019): E902–9. https://doi.org/10.1093/neuros/nyz161.

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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.” Journal of Urology 202, no. 5 (November 2019): 1036–43. https://doi.org/10.1097/ju.0000000000000343.

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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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2019.03.022.

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Berger, Ian, Marilyn Hopkins, Justin Ziemba, Alexander Skokan, Andrew James, Patrick Michael, and Andrew Harris. “Comparison of Interhospital Urological Transfers between a Metropolitan and Rural Tertiary Care Institution.” Urology Practice 6, no. 4 (July 2019): 227–33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urpr.2018.08.004.

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Berger, Ian, Keith A. Cengel, Charles B. Simone, Evan W. Alley, Leonid Roshkovan, Andrew R. Haas, Akash M. Patel, et al. “Lymphangitic carcinomatosis: A common radiographic manifestation of local failure following extended pleurectomy/decortication in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.” Lung Cancer 132 (June 2019): 94–98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lungcan.2019.03.026.

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Berger, Ian, Leilei Xia, Colin Sperling, Raju Chelluri, Benjamin Taylor, Jose Pulido, and Thomas J. Guzzo. “Next-day discharge after minimally invasive partial nephrectomy: an analysis of the US National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.” World Journal of Urology 37, no. 5 (May 2019): 831–36. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00345-018-2469-2.

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Berger, Ian, Leilei Xia, Christopher Wirtalla, Thomas J. Guzzo, and Rachel R. Kelz. “Early Discharge After Radical Nephrectomy: An Analysis of Complications and Readmissions.” Clinical Genitourinary Cancer 17, no. 2 (April 2019): e293–305. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clgc.2018.11.016.

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Xia, Leilei, Ruchika Talwar, Benjamin L. Taylor, Michael H. Shin, Ian B. Berger, Colin D. Sperling, Raju R. Chelluri, Ibardo A. Zambrano, Jay D. Raman, and Thomas J. Guzzo. “National trends and disparities of minimally invasive surgery for localized renal cancer, 2010 to 2015.” Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations 37, no. 3 (March 2019): 182.e17-182.e27. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urolonc.2018.10.028.

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Sperling, Colin D., Leilei Xia, Ian B. Berger, Michael H. Shin, Marshall C. Strother, and Thomas J. Guzzo. “Obesity and 30-Day Outcomes Following Minimally Invasive Nephrectomy.” Urology 121 (November 2018): 104–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urology.2018.08.002.

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