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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)


Freischlag, Kyle, Paul M. Schroder, Brian Ezekian, Morgan L. Cox, Michael S. Mulvihill, Matthew G. Hartwig, and Stuart J. Knechtle. “Improved survival in simultaneous lung-liver recipients and candidates in the modern era of lung allocation.” J Surg Res 231 (November 2018): 395–402.

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Wang, Alice, J Matthew Brennan, Shuaiqi Zhang, Sin-Ho Jung, Babatunde Yerokun, Morgan L. Cox, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, et al. “Robotic Mitral Valve Repair in Older Individuals: An Analysis of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database.” Ann Thorac Surg 106, no. 5 (November 2018): 1388–93.

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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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Krantz, Seth B., John A. Howington, Douglas E. Wood, Ki Wan Kim, Andrzej S. Kosinski, Morgan L. Cox, Sunghee Kim, Michael S. Mulligan, and Farhood Farjah. “Invasive Mediastinal Staging for Lung Cancer by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database Participants.” Ann Thorac Surg 106, no. 4 (October 2018): 1055–62.

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Cox, Morgan L., Brian C. Gulack, Dylan P. Thibault, Xia He, Matthew L. Williams, Vinod H. Thourani, Jeffery P. Jacobs, J Matthew Brennan, Mani A. Daneshmand, and Deepak Acharya. “Outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting in patients with myocardial infarction, cardiogenic shock and unresponsive neurological state: analysis of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database.” In Eur J Cardiothorac Surg, 54:710–16, 2018.

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Cox, Morgan L., Mohamed A. Adam, Mithun M. Shenoi, Megan C. Turner, Zhifei Sun, Christopher R. Mantyh, and John Migaly. “Resected irradiated rectal cancers: Are twelve lymph nodes really necessary in the era of neoadjuvant therapy?” In Am J Surg, 216:444–49, 2018.

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Leraas, Harold J., Morgan L. Cox, Victoria A. Bendersky, Shanna S. Sprinkle, Brian F. Gilmore, Rathnayaka M. Gunasingha, Elisabeth T. Tracy, and Ranjan Sudan. “Instituting a Surgical Skills Competition Increases Technical Performance of Surgical Clerkship Students Over Time.” J Surg Educ 75, no. 3 (May 2018): 644–49.

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Gulack, Brian C., Morgan L. Cox, Chi-Fu Jeffrey Yang, Paul J. Speicher, H Volkan Kara, Thomas A. D’Amico, Mark F. Berry, and Matthew G. Hartwig. “Survival after radiation for stage I and II non-small cell lung cancer with positive margins.” J Surg Res 223 (March 2018): 94–101.

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Ranney, David N., Morgan L. Cox, Babatunde A. Yerokun, Ehsan Benrashid, Richard L. McCann, and G Chad Hughes. “Long-term results of endovascular repair for descending thoracic aortic aneurysms.” In J Vasc Surg, 67:363–68, 2018.

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Cox, Morgan L., Chi-Fu Jeffrey Yang, Paul J. Speicher, Kevin L. Anderson, Zachary W. Fitch, Lin Gu, Robert Patrick Davis, et al. “The Role of Extent of Surgical Resection and Lymph Node Assessment for Clinical Stage I Pulmonary Lepidic Adenocarcinoma: An Analysis of 1991 Patients.” J Thorac Oncol 12, no. 4 (April 2017): 689–96.

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