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Mariya Samoylova, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical School: 
University of California at San Francisco

Clinical and Research Interests

I am interested in liver transplantation and oncology. I'm drawn to the surgical and medical complexity, as well as the large impact these diseases and operation have on patient survival and wellbeing. My current research interests are organ allocation policy for dual-organ transplant, oncogenesis in and liver transplantation for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and the use of hepatic artery infusion for treatment of liver metastases.

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I was looking for an excellent surgical education with an opportunity to develop my personal skills and interests, and a community of residents and attendings where I could feel at home.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

I think the Duke general surgery program does an excellent job supporting its contingent's diversity of interests at a high level, and this is reflected in the quality and diversity of our recent graduates. Duke also values academic productivity in whatever form it takes for you, and backs this claim by guaranteeing resident salary for research years. We are still strongly encouraged to seek out and apply for our own funding, but having a backup plan grants a lot of flexibility and independence.

Finally, I'm just so pleased with my incoming class, who are all different and interesting and talented people and have become my close family, as well as my extended family of other residents and attendings. And I think that we're continuing, as a program, to evolve for the better.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Don't be afraid to ask for help, everyone has something to teach you! Try to assume that people mean well even when you're frustrated. And at the end of the day, don't forget that your patients & their family are people too, and they're probably not feeling their best/happiest. A little bit of compassionate listening and empathy goes a long way. And it's always OK to say "I don't know" and think of a plan to fix it.

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

Moving from a room in a 5br house in SF, I wasn't expecting to like living here as much as I do. But it's great! As an intern, I was so thankful to live 5mins away from the hospital & not worry about parking, have everything I needed within a 15-min drive, and be able to have a few favorite spots to hang out with my class. As I got settled in, I ventured more into the music & art scene, found some good food, spent some time in Raleigh. There's plenty to do!

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

I like to hike, run, lift weights, play tennis & squash. I've been spending more time reading, playing chess, & cooking this year, now that I spend more time at home. I also spend too much time cuddling my dog.

Honors and Awards



  • T32- 5T32CA093245-13. 2019-2021. Mechanisms of regeneration and oncogenesis in fatty liver disease.


Conference Presentations

  • Samoylova ML, Shaw BI, Sanoff S, Barbas AS, Patel Y, McElroy L. Utilization and outcomes of simultaneous liver-kidney transplants after change in allocation policy. Oral presentation at the American Transplant Congress, June 2020.
  • Samoylova ML, Yerxa J, Horslen S, Jafri S, Mavis A, Schiano T, Summers B, Barbas AS, Sudan DL, Segovia MC. Trends in intestinal and multivisceral transplantation in the United States over 30 years. Oral presentation at the American Transplant Congress, June 2020.
  • Samoylova ML, Shaw BI, Irish W, McElroy L, Ravindra KV. Increased graft survival following implementation of the kidney allocation score. Poster presentation at the American Transplant Congress, June 2020.
  • Samoylova ML, Shaw BI, Kesseli SJ, McElroy L, Patel Y, Sanoff S, Barbas AS. Comparable outcomes for simultaneous liver-kidney transplantation with HCV NAT-positive donors. Poster at the American Transplant Congress, June 2020.
  • Samoylova ML, Nash A, Brennan TV. Pumping donor kidneys reduces DGF and improves allograft survival without affecting rejection rates. Poster at the American Transplant Congress, June 2018.


Shaw, Brian I., Marya L. Samoylova, Andrew S. Barbas, Xingxing S. Cheng, Yee Lu, Lisa M. McElroy, and Scott Sanoff. “Center variations in patient selection for simultaneous heart-kidney transplantation.” Clin Transplant 36, no. 5 (May 2022): e14619.

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Shaw, Brian I., Fides R. Schwartz, Mariya L. Samoylova, Andrew S. Barbas, Lisa M. McElroy, Carl Berg, Debra L. Sudan, Daniele Marin, and Kadiyala V. Ravindra. “Left lateral segment liver volume is not correlated with anthropometric measures.” Hpb (Oxford) 23, no. 12 (December 2021): 1830–36.

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Shaw, Brian I., Vincenzo Villani, Samuel J. Kesseli, Chloe Nobuhara, Mariya L. Samoylova, Dimitrios Moris, Bradley H. Collins, et al. “A Historical Cohort in Kidney Transplantation: 55-Year Follow-Up of 72 HLA-Identical, Donor-Recipient Pairs.” J Clin Med 10, no. 23 (November 24, 2021).

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Couzi, Lionel, Miriam Manook, Sophie Caillard, Éric Épailly, Benoît Barrou, Dany Anglicheau, Mathias Buchler, et al. “Impact of Covid-19 on kidney transplant and waiting list patients: Lessons from the first wave of the pandemic.” Nephrol Ther 17, no. 4 (August 2021): 245–51.

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Samoylova, Mariya L., Kara Wegermann, Brian I. Shaw, Samuel J. Kesseli, Sandra Au, Christine Park, Samantha E. Halpern, et al. “The Impact of the 2017 Kidney Allocation Policy Change on Simultaneous Liver-Kidney Utilization and Outcomes.” Liver Transpl 27, no. 8 (August 2021): 1106–15.

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Shaw, Brian I., Mariya L. Samoylova, Scott Sanoff, Andrew S. Barbas, Debra L. Sudan, L Ebony Boulware, and Lisa M. McElroy. “Need for improvements in simultaneous heart-kidney allocation: The limitation of pretransplant glomerular filtration rate.” Am J Transplant 21, no. 7 (July 2021): 2468–78.

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Halpern, Samantha E., Dimitrios Moris, Brian I. Shaw, Samuel J. Kesseli, Mariya L. Samoylova, Miriam Manook, Robin Schmitz, et al. “Definition and Analysis of Textbook Outcome: A Novel Quality Measure in Kidney Transplantation.” World J Surg 45, no. 5 (May 2021): 1504–13.

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Samoylova, Mariya L., Nikhil Kapila, Lisa McElroy, Paul Suhocki, and M Cristina Segovia. “Gastrohepatic Fistula After Y-90 Embolization of Hepatocellular Carcinoma.” Am J Gastroenterol 116, no. 5 (May 1, 2021): 869.

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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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Gloria, Jared N., John Yerxa, Samuel J. Kesseli, Robert P. Davis, Mariya L. Samoylova, Andrew S. Barbas, Matthew G. Hartwig, and Matthew G. Duke Ex Vivo Organ Laboratory. “Subnormothermic ex vivo lung perfusion attenuates graft inflammation in a rat transplant model.” J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, January 30, 2021.

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