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Morgan Cox, MD, MHS

House Staff
Start Year: 
Butler University
Medical School: 
Indiana University School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Surgical Education

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I sought out a top general surgery program that would prepare me to compete for top fellowship programs regardless of specialty. I initially wasn't seeking required research time, but I loved the wide variety of opportunities at Duke during those research years to further my academic career within residency. What sold me on Duke were the people I met on my interview. I had great conversations with all the residents I met as well as the attendings that made themselves available throughout the weekend. 

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

  • Diverse and advanced clinical cases 
  • Great support of residents from the program director and chair of surgery
  • Protected and funded research time with flexibility to develop project within your interests
  • Amazing residents who are supportive and hard-working. Duke Surgery gets the job done.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Enjoy the last couple of months before residency; travel, read, visit family and friends. This will be difficult once residency starts. 

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

  • Affordable
  • Minimal snow but still has four seasons
  • Great food and drinks
  • Active outdoor lifestyle

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Synderman Award winner recognizing outstanding educational research by GME trainee
  • 2018 Duke Clinical Research Day Poster Session 3rd Place Poster for Exceptional Clinical Research
  • 2017 American College of Surgeons 2017 Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching Top Ten
  • 2017 GSIG Resident Educator Award (Duke University)


Ghoreishi, Mehrdad, Vinod H. Thourani, Vinay Badhwar, Malek Massad, Lars Svensson, Bradley S. Taylor, Chetan Pasrija, et al. “Less-Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement: Trends and Outcomes From The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database.” The Annals of Thoracic Surgery 111, no. 4 (April 2021): 1216–23.

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Esposito, V. R., B. A. Yerokun, M. S. Mulvihill, M. L. Cox, B. Y. Andrew, C. J. Yang, A. Y. Choi, et al. “Resection of the irradiated esophagus: the impact of lymph node yield on survival.” Dis Esophagus 33, no. 10 (October 12, 2020).

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Jawitz, Oliver K., Morgan L. Cox, David Ranney, Judson B. Williams, Hillary Mulder, Mario F. L. Gaudino, Stephen Fremes, et al. “Outcomes following revascularization with radial artery bypass grafts: Insights from the PREVENT-IV trial.” Am Heart J 228 (October 2020): 91–97.

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Kasten, Michael W., Jeremy L. Herrmann, Morgan Cox, Chelsea McCurdy, Cody Tragesser, Mark W. Turrentine, Mark Rodefeld, and John W. Brown. “Two Decades Using Stentless Porcine Aortic Root in Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Reconstruction.” The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, September 16, 2020.

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Marquis-Gravel, Guillaume, Amanda Stebbins, Andrzej S. Kosinski, Morgan L. Cox, J Kevin Harrison, G Chad Hughes, Vinod H. Thourani, et al. “Geographic Access to Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Centers in the United States: Insights From the Society of Thoracic Surgeons/American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry.” Jama Cardiol, June 10, 2020.

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Cox, Morgan L., Zhi-De Deng, Hannah Palmer, Amanda Watts, Lysianne Beynel, Jonathan R. Young, Sarah H. Lisanby, John Migaly, and Lawrence G. Appelbaum. “Utilizing transcranial direct current stimulation to enhance laparoscopic technical skills training: A randomized controlled trial.” Brain Stimul 13, no. 3 (May 2020): 863–72.

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Leraas, Harold J., Morgan L. Cox, Kristen E. Rhodin, Kyle Freischlag, Brian F. Gilmore, Doreen Chang, Ranjan Sudan, John Haney, and John Migaly. “Medical Student Involvement and Learning Objectives in Morbidity and Mortality Conferences: A National Survey of the Association for Surgical Education's Committee of Clerkship Directors.” J Surg Educ 77, no. 1 (January 2020): 138–43.

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Rymer, Jennifer A., Zhuokai Li, Morgan L. Cox, Muath Bishawi, Andrzej S. Kosinski, David J. Cohen, Andrew Wang, et al. “Pre- Versus Post-Procedure Health Care Resource Utilization in Patients Undergoing Commercial Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair.” Jacc Cardiovasc Interv 12, no. 23 (December 9, 2019): 2416–26.

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Wang, Alice, Zhuokai Li, Jennifer A. Rymer, Andrzej S. Kosinski, Babatunde Yerokun, Morgan L. Cox, Brian C. Gulack, et al. “Relation of Postdischarge Care Fragmentation and Outcomes in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation from the STS/ACC TVT Registry.” Am J Cardiol 124, no. 6 (September 15, 2019): 912–19.

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