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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.


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.

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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 37, no. 3 (March 2019): 182.e17-182.e27.

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Berger, Ian, Leilei Xia, Christopher Wirtalla, Phillip Dowzicky, Thomas J. Guzzo, and Rachel R. Kelz. “30-day readmission after radical cystectomy: Identifying targets for improvement using the phases of surgical care.” Canadian Urological Association Journal = Journal De L’Association Des Urologues Du Canada, November 20, 2018, E190–201.

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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.

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Sellers, Morgan M., Ian Berger, Jennifer S. Myers, Judy A. Shea, Jon B. Morris, and Rachel R. Kelz. “Using Patient Safety Reporting Systems to Understand the Clinical Learning Environment: A Content Analysis.” Journal of Surgical Education 75, no. 6 (November 2018): e168–77.

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Patel, Akash M., Ian Berger, E Paul Wileyto, Urooj Khalid, Drew A. Torigian, Arun C. Nachiappan, Eduardo M. Barbosa, et al. “The value of delayed phase enhanced imaging in malignant pleural mesothelioma.” Journal of Thoracic Disease 9, no. 8 (August 2017): 2344–49.

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Chen, Xiao, Yizeng Yang, Ian Berger, Urooj Khalid, Akash Patel, Jenny Cai, Michael D. Farwell, et al. “Early detection of pemetrexed-induced inhibition of thymidylate synthase in non-small cell lung cancer with FLT-PET imaging.” Oncotarget 8, no. 15 (April 2017): 24213–23.

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Berger, Ian, Nikhil Nayak, James Schuster, John Lee, Sherman Stein, and Neil R. Malhotra. “Microvascular Decompression Versus Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Decision Analysis.” Cureus, January 26, 2017.

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Burke, John F., Jayesh P. Thawani, Ian Berger, Nikhil R. Nayak, James H. Stephen, Tunde Farkas, Hovik John Aschyan, et al. “Microsurgical treatment of sacral perineural (Tarlov) cysts: case series and review of the literature.” Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine 24, no. 5 (May 2016): 700–707.

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