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Marcelo Cerullo, MD, MPH

House Staff
Start Year: 
Harvard College
Medical School: 
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Healthcare market structures
  • Competition between providers/health systems
  • Cancer
  • Physiologic modeling
  • Adiomics

What were you looking for in a residency program?

Excellent clinical exposure, solid and well-resourced research program, diversity of interests among residents and faculty, and happy residents.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

All of the above.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Repetition and repeated exposure comes in many forms, from knots you tie to scans you look at to patients you examine to clinical decisions you make. To get better at something (really, anything), and to build experiential knowledge, you must search out repeated experiences. At Duke, they are all around you.

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

Has anyone mentioned how Durham is one of the most liveable cities in the United States? We're close to everything, people are friendly, there is a rich tradition of progressively-minded people and institutions, and you can see art, eat good food, and try good beer within 20 minutes of your house.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

I like to be outside! My family has lived in Cary since 2005, so I see them quite a bit.

Honors and Awards

  • American Surgical Association podium presentation (2019)
  • National Clinician Scholars Program inaugural cohort member (2019 - 2021)


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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Offodile II, Anaeze C., Marcelo Cerullo, Mohini Bindal, Jose Alejandro Rauh-Hain, and Vivian Ho. “Private Equity Investments In Health Care: An Overview Of Hospital And Health System Leveraged Buyouts, 2003-17.” Health Affairs (Project Hope) 40, no. 5 (May 2021): 719–26.

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Kang, Lillian, and Marcelo Cerullo. “Commentary: DO2 you believe in magic? Promising oxygen delivery-based perfusion strategy for minimizing mild kidney injury in patients undergoing routine cardiac surgery.” The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, March 29, 2021.

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Cerullo, Marcelo. “Commentary: Measures of relevance from relevant measurements: Pulmonary artery size on computed tomography as predictor of postlobectomy complications.” The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, March 5, 2021.

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Kesseli, Samuel J., Mariya L. Samoylova, John Yerxa, Carrie B. Moore, Marcelo Cerullo, Qimeng Gao, Nader Abraham, et al. “Donor-Recipient Height Mismatch Is Associated With Decreased Survival in Pediatric-to-Adult Liver Transplant Recipients.” Liver Transpl 27, no. 3 (February 2021): 425–33.

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Giannis, Dimitrios, Marcelo Cerullo, Dimitrios Moris, Kevin N. Shah, Garth Herbert, Sabino Zani, Dan G. Blazer, Peter J. Allen, and Michael E. Lidsky. “Validation of the 8th Edition American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC) Gallbladder Cancer Staging System: Prognostic Discrimination and Identification of Key Predictive Factors.” Cancers (Basel) 13, no. 3 (February 1, 2021).

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Goldstein, Benjamin A., Marcelo Cerullo, Vijay Krishnamoorthy, Jeanna Blitz, Leila Mureebe, Wendy Webster, Felicia Dunston, Andrew Stirling, Jennifer Gagnon, and Charles D. Scales. “Development and Performance of a Clinical Decision Support Tool to Inform Resource Utilization for Elective Operations.” Jama Netw Open 3, no. 11 (November 2, 2020): e2023547.

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Turner, Megan C., Sabran J. Masoud, Marcelo Cerullo, Mohamed A. Adam, Kevin N. Shah, Dan G. Blazer, James L. Abbruzzese, and Sabino Zani. “Improved overall survival is still observed in patients receiving delayed adjuvant chemotherapy after pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic adenocarcinoma.” Hpb (Oxford) 22, no. 11 (November 2020): 1542–48.

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Merath, Katiuscha, Marcelo Cerullo, Ayesha Farooq, Joseph K. Canner, Jen He, Diamantis I. Tsilimigras, Rittal Mehta, et al. “Routine Intensive Care Unit Admission Following Liver Resection: What Is the Value Proposition?” Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery : Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 24, no. 11 (November 2020): 2491–99.

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