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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)


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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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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Lazarides, Alexander L., Marcelo Cerullo, Dimitrios Moris, Brian E. Brigman, Dan G. Blazer, and William C. Eward. “Defining a textbook surgical outcome for patients undergoing surgical resection of intermediate and high-grade soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities.” J Surg Oncol, July 21, 2020.

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Hyer, J Madison, Anghela Z. Paredes, Marcelo Cerullo, Diamantis I. Tsilimigras, Susan White, Aslam Ejaz, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Assessing post-discharge costs of hepatopancreatic surgery: an evaluation of Medicare expenditure.” Surgery 167, no. 6 (June 2020): 978–84.

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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 : The Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association, April 13, 2020.

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Moris, Dimitrios, Marcelo Cerullo, Daniel P. Nussbaum, and Dan G. Blazer. “Textbook Outcomes Among Patients Undergoing Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Resection.” Anticancer Res 40, no. 4 (April 2020): 2107–15.

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Noje, Corina, Eric M. Jackson, Isam W. Nasr, Philomena M. Costabile, Marcelo Cerullo, Katherine Hoops, Lindsey Rasmussen, et al. “Trauma Bay Disposition of Infants and Young Children With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Positive Head Imaging.” Pediatric Critical Care Medicine : A Journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies 20, no. 11 (November 2019): 1061–68.

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Cerullo, Marcelo, Clifford C. Sheckter, Joseph K. Canner, Selwyn O. Rogers, and Anaeze C. Offodile. “Is Bigger Better?: The Effect of Hospital Consolidation on Index Hospitalization Costs and Outcomes Among Privately Insured Recipients of Immediate Breast Reconstruction.” Annals of Surgery 270, no. 4 (October 2019): 681–91.

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Gani, Faiz, Marcelo Cerullo, Aslam Ejaz, Pranjal B. Gupta, Vincent M. Demario, Fabian M. Johnston, Steven M. Frank, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Implementation of a Blood Management Program at a Tertiary Care Hospital: Effect on Transfusion Practices and Clinical Outcomes Among Patients Undergoing Surgery.” Annals of Surgery 269, no. 6 (June 2019): 1073–79.

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Cerullo, Marcelo, Faiz Gani, Sophia Y. Chen, Joseph K. Canner, Mary Dillhoff, Jordan Cloyd, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Routine intensive care unit admission among patients undergoing major pancreatic surgery for cancer: No effect on failure to rescue.” Surgery 165, no. 4 (April 2019): 741–46.

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