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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)


Cerullo, Marcelo, Clara Lee, and Anaeze C. Offodile. “Effect of Regional Hospital Market Competition on Use Patterns of Free Flap Breast Reconstruction.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 142, no. 6 (December 2018): 1438–46.

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Chen, Sophia Y., Miloslawa Stem, Marcelo Cerullo, Joseph K. Canner, Susan L. Gearhart, Bashar Safar, Sandy H. Fang, and Jonathan E. Efron. “Predicting the Risk of Readmission From Dehydration After Ileostomy Formation: The Dehydration Readmission After Ileostomy Prediction Score.” Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 61, no. 12 (December 2018): 1410–17.

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Cerullo, Marcelo, Sophia Y. Chen, Faiz Gani, Jay Idrees, Mary Dillhoff, Carl Schmidt, Joseph K. Canner, Jordan Cloyd, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “The relationship of hospital market concentration, costs, and quality for major surgical procedures.” American Journal of Surgery 216, no. 6 (December 2018): 1037–45.

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Moris, Dimitrios, Marcelo Cerullo, and Alfredo D. Guerron. “Letter by Moris et al Regarding Article, "Effects of Bariatric Surgery in Obese Patients With Hypertension: The GATEWAY Randomized Trial (Gastric Bypass to Treat Obese Patients With Steady Hypertension)".” Circulation 138, no. 14 (October 2, 2018): 1490–91.

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Turner, Megan C., Marcelo Cerullo, Mohamed Adam, Kevin N. Shah, Dan G. Blazer, James L. Abbruzzese, and Sabino Zani. “Adjuvant Chemotherapy Should Follow Pancreaticoduodenectomy for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma, Despite Delays.” In Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 227:S169–S169. Elsevier BV, 2018.

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DiBrito, Sandra R., Marcelo Cerullo, Seth D. Goldstein, Susan Ziegfeld, Dylan Stewart, and Isam W. Nasr. “Reliability of Glasgow Coma Score in pediatric trauma patients.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery 53, no. 9 (September 2018): 1789–94.

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Chen, Sophia Y., Miloslawa Stem, Marcelo Cerullo, Susan L. Gearhart, Bashar Safar, Sandy H. Fang, Matthew J. Weiss, Jin He, and Jonathan E. Efron. “The Effect of Frailty Index on Early Outcomes after Combined Colorectal and Liver Resections.” Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery : Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 22, no. 4 (April 2018): 640–49.

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Cerullo, Marcelo, Sophia Y. Chen, Mary Dillhoff, Carl R. Schmidt, Joseph K. Canner, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Variation in markup of general surgical procedures by hospital market concentration.” American Journal of Surgery 215, no. 4 (April 2018): 549–56.

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Cerullo, Marcelo, Faiz Gani, Sophia Y. Chen, Joseph K. Canner, Joseph M. Herman, Daniel Laheru, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Assessing the Financial Burden Associated With Treatment Options for Resectable Pancreatic Cancer.” Annals of Surgery 267, no. 3 (March 2018): 544–51.

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Lwin, Albert Thein, Thein Lwin, Phyu Naing, Yee Oo, David Kidd, Marcelo Cerullo, Joshua Posen, et al. “Self-Directed Interactive Video-Based Instruction Versus Instructor-Led Teaching for Myanmar House Surgeons: A Randomized, Noninferiority Trial.” Journal of Surgical Education 75, no. 1 (January 2018): 238–46.

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