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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, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Readmission after major surgery: effect of the postdischarge environment.” The Journal of Surgical Research 205, no. 2 (October 2016): 318–26.

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Cerullo, Marcelo, Faiz Gani, Sophia Y. Chen, Joe Canner, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Metformin Use Is Associated with Improved Survival in Patients Undergoing Resection for Pancreatic Cancer.” Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery : Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 20, no. 9 (September 2016): 1572–80.

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Britton, Breanne V., Neeraja Nagarajan, Cheryl K. Zogg, Shalini Selvarajah, Alexander J. Schupper, A Gatebe Kironji, Albert T. Lwin, Marcelo Cerullo, Ali Salim, and Adil H. Haider. “Awareness of racial/ethnic disparities in surgical outcomes and care: factors affecting acknowledgment and action.” American Journal of Surgery 212, no. 1 (July 2016): 102-108.e2.

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Cerullo, Marcelo, Faiz Gani, Joseph K. Canner, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “1024 Assessing the Financial Toxicity Associated With Treatment Options for Resectable Pancreatic Cancer.” In Gastroenterology, 150:S1200–S1200. Elsevier BV, 2016.

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Cerullo, Marcelo, Faiz Gani, Joseph K. Canner, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “1032 Improved Survival Following Pancreatic Cancer Among Patients Receiving Metformin.” In Gastroenterology, 150:S1202–S1202. Elsevier BV, 2016.

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Gani, Faiz, Marcelo Cerullo, Neda Amini, Stefan Buettner, Georgios A. Margonis, Kazunari Sasaki, Yuhree Kim, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Su1528 Frailty As a Predictor of Morbidity and Mortality Following Liver Surgery.” In Gastroenterology, 150:S1216–S1216. Elsevier BV, 2016.

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