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Megan Turner, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
University of Washington
Medical School: 
University of Washington School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Colorectal surgery
  • Behavioral science

What were you looking for in a residency program?

Robust clinical training with an emphasis on moving the scientific aspects of surgery forward across disciplines.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

  • Academic research support
  • Supportive co-residents and faculty
  • High clinical volume

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Start a reading schedule early in the year about a broad spectrum of topics. Figure out your preferred ways of staying organized in and out of the hospital so you can be efficient with tasks and use the free time learning for pleasure and for fostering your hobbies.

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

Easy living, ten minute drives to my favorite activities: hiking and eating out.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

Garden, enjoy the DPAC musical theater productions, and hiking.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017-2019 Duke Resident Achievement Award >90th percentile on ABSITE
  • 2017 Second Place Resident Presentation: North Carolina/South Carolina AC
  • 2017 Society for Vascular Surgery Travel Scholarship Award
  • 2017 PORT Grant
  • 2015-2016 Appleseed Teaching Award, Duke University School of Medicine
  • 2014 Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • 14 invited conference presentations 2016-2020


Turner, M. C., O. Jawitz, M. A. Adam, E. Srinivasan, D. Niedzwiecki, J. Migaly, D. A. Fisher, and C. R. Mantyh. “Comparison of survival of stage I-III colon cancer by travel distance and hospital volume.” Tech Coloproctol 24, no. 7 (July 2020): 703–10.

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Turner, Megan C., Jeffrey E. Keenan, Christel N. Rushing, Brian C. Gulack, Daniel P. Nussbaum, Ehsan Benrashid, Terry Hyslop, John H. Strickler, Christopher R. Mantyh, and John Migaly. “Adjuvant Chemotherapy Improves Survival Following Resection of Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer with Pathologic Complete Response.” In J Gastrointest Surg, 23:1614–22, 2019.

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Cox, Morgan L., Donald A. Risucci, Brian F. Gilmore, Uttara P. Nag, Megan C. Turner, Shanna R. Sprinkle, John Migaly, and Ranjan Sudan. “Validation of the Omni: A Novel, Multimodality, and Longitudinal Surgical Skills Assessment.” J Surg Educ 75, no. 6 (November 2018): e218–28.

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