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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)


Turner, M. C., M. D. Talbott, C. Reed, Z. Sun, M. L. Cox, B. Ezekian, K. L. Sherman, C. R. Mantyh, and J. Migaly. “Disparities in colostomy reversal after Hartmann's procedure for diverticulitis.” Tech Coloproctol 23, no. 5 (May 2019): 445–51.

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Yang, Chi-Fu Jeffrey, Shivani A. Shah, Belle K. Lin, Keith W. VanDusen, Derek Y. Chan, Wendy D. Tan, David N. Ranney, Morgan L. Cox, Thomas A. D’Amico, and Mark F. Berry. “Right-Sided Versus Left-Sided Pneumonectomy After Induction Therapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.” Ann Thorac Surg 107, no. 4 (April 2019): 1074–81.

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Watson, Joshua, Michael S. Mulvihill, Morgan L. Cox, Lauren Rich, Cameron R. Wolfe, Alice Gray, and Matthew G. Hartwig. “Early experience with the use of hepatitis C antibody-positive, nucleic acid testing-negative donors in lung transplantation.” Clin Transplant 33, no. 3 (March 2019): e13476.

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Cox, Morgan L., Michael S. Mulvihill, Ashley Y. Choi, Muath Bishawi, Asishana A. Osho, John C. Haney, Mani Daneshmand, Jacob A. Klapper, Cameron R. Wolfe, and Matthew Hartwig. “Implications of declining donor offers with increased risk of disease transmission on waiting list survival in lung transplantation.” J Heart Lung Transplant 38, no. 3 (March 2019): 295–305.

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Ranney, David N., Judson B. Williams, Hillary Mulder, Daniel Wojdyla, Morgan L. Cox, C Michael Gibson, Michael J. Mack, Mani A. Daneshmand, John H. Alexander, and Renato D. Lopes. “Comparison of Outcomes and Frequency of Graft Failure With Use of Free Versus In Situ Internal Mammary Artery Bypass Conduits (from the PREVENT IV Trial).” Am J Cardiol 123, no. 4 (February 15, 2019): 571–75.

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Barac, Yaron D., Mike S. Mulvihill, Morgan L. Cox, Muath Bishawi, Jacob Klapper, John Haney, Mani Daneshmand, and Matthew G. Hartwig. “Implications of blood group on lung transplantation rates: A propensity-matched registry analysis.” J Heart Lung Transplant 38, no. 1 (January 2019): 73–82.

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Hutchins, Andrew R., Roberto J. Manson, Reginald Lerebours, Alfredo E. Farjat, Morgan L. Cox, Brian P. Mann, and Sabino Zani. “Objective Assessment of the Early Stages of the Learning Curve for the Senhance Surgical Robotic System.” J Surg Educ 76, no. 1 (January 2019): 201–14.

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Mulvihill, Michael S., Morgan L. Cox, Muath Bishawi, Asishana A. Osho, Babatunde A. Yerokun, Cameron R. Wolfe, Adam D. DeVore, et al. “Decline of Increased Risk Donor Offers on Waitlist Survival in Heart Transplantation.” J Am Coll Cardiol 72, no. 19 (November 6, 2018): 2408–9.

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Cox, Morgan L., Alfredo E. Farjat, T. J. Risoli, Sarah Peskoe, Benjamin A. Goldstein, David A. Turner, and John Migaly. “Documenting or Operating: Where Is Time Spent in General Surgery Residency?” J Surg Educ 75, no. 6 (November 2018): e97–106.

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Mulvihill, Michael S., Morgan L. Cox, David C. Becerra, Joshua A. Watson, Soraya L. Voigt, Babatunde A. Yerokun, Paul J. Speicher, Thomas A. D’Amico, Betty Tong, and Matthew G. Hartwig. “Higher Use of Surgery Confers Superior Survival in Stage I Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.” Ann Thorac Surg 106, no. 5 (November 2018): 1533–40.

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