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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, 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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Gani, Faiz, Marcelo Cerullo, Joseph K. Canner, Alison Conca-Cheng, Alan E. Harzman, Syed G. Husain, William C. Cirocco, et al. “Defining payments associated with the treatment of colorectal cancer.” The Journal of Surgical Research 220 (December 2017): 284–92.

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Gani, Faiz, Marcelo Cerullo, XuFeng Zhang, Joseph K. Canner, Alison Conca-Cheng, Alan E. Hartzman, Syed G. Husain, et al. “Effect of surgeon "experience" with laparoscopy on postoperative outcomes after colorectal surgery.” Surgery 162, no. 4 (October 2017): 880–90.

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Cerullo, Marcelo, Sophia Y. Chen, Mary Dillhoff, Carl Schmidt, Joseph K. Canner, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Association of Hospital Market Concentration With Costs of Complex Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery.” Jama Surgery 152, no. 9 (September 20, 2017): e172158.

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Gani, Faiz, Fabian M. Johnston, Howard Nelson-Williams, Marcelo Cerullo, Mary E. Dillhoff, Carl R. Schmidt, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Hospital Volume and the Costs Associated with Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer.” Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery : Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 21, no. 9 (September 2017): 1411–19.

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Cerullo, Marcelo, Faiz Gani, Sophia Y. Chen, Joseph K. Canner, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Impact of Angiotensin Receptor Blocker Use on Overall Survival Among Patients Undergoing Resection for Pancreatic Cancer.” World Journal of Surgery 41, no. 9 (September 2017): 2361–70.

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Cerullo, Marcelo, Faiz Gani, Sophia Y. Chen, Joseph K. Canner, William W. Yang, Steven M. Frank, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Physiologic correlates of intraoperative blood transfusion among patients undergoing major gastrointestinal operations.” Surgery 162, no. 2 (August 2017): 211–22.

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Chen, S., I. Leeds, M. Cerullo, J. Jones, J. Efron, S. Gearhart, B. Safar, and S. Fang. “ANAL CANCER SCREENING KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, AND PRACTICES AMONG HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS.” In Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 60:E223–24. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, 2017.