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Ronnie Shammas, MD

House Staff
North Carolina State University
Medical School: 
Duke University School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Health services research
  • Post-oncologic reconstruction

What were you looking for in a residency program?

Family type of community with attending's and co-residents who would support me throughout my training. I also wanted a strong academic environment where I could have the resources, freedom, and support to take on new research projects. 

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

Strong clinical training that is combined with excellent research, which in my opinion provides the strongest possible foundation for the training of an academic surgeon.

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

After exploring the area, you realize how much there is to do in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. My favorite part about living in this region is how easy it is to get from one place to another.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

  • Weightlifting
  • Running
  • Pick-up basketball
  • Cooking
  • Playing with my dog


Glener, Adam D., Steven R. Glener, Ronnie L. Shammas, Elliot Le, Roger W. Cason, Kristen Rezak, and Brett T. Phillips. “Implications of Training Pathways on Future Academic Plastic Surgeon Employment.” Annals of Plastic Surgery 85, no. 6 (December 2020): 668–71.

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Zhao, Ruya, Ronnie L. Shammas, Gloria Broadwater, Elliot Le, Christophe Hansen-Estruch, Rayan Kaakati, Roger W. Cason, Matthew Lyes, Jonah P. Orr, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “Assessing the Influence of Attending Surgeon Continuity on Free Flap Outcomes Following Unplanned Returns to the Operating Room.” J Reconstr Microsurg 36, no. 8 (October 2020): 583–91.

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Atia, Andrew, Hannah C. Langdell, Andrew Hollins, Ronnie L. Shammas, Adam Glener, Caitlin Marks, Bernard T. Lee, and Brett T. Phillips. “Microsurgery Fellowship Website and Social Media Presence: Are Programs Optimizing Recruitment Strategy?” J Reconstr Microsurg, September 29, 2020.

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Atia, Andrew, Andrew Hollins, Ronnie Shammas, Brett T. Phillips, Kadiyala V. Ravindra, Debra L. Sudan, Henk Giele, Suhail K. Mithani, and Detlev Erdmann. “Surgical Techniques for Revascularization in Abdominal Wall Transplantation.” J Reconstr Microsurg 36, no. 7 (September 2020): 522–27.

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Atia, Andrew, Andrew Hollins, Ralph F. Erdmann, Ronnie Shammas, Debra L. Sudan, Suhail K. Mithani, Kadiyala V. Ravindra, and Detlev Erdmann. “Synchronous Abdominal Wall and Small-bowel Transplantation: A 1-year Follow-up.” Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 8, no. 7 (July 2020): e2995.

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Blau, Jared A., Ronnie L. Shammas, Rachel A. Anolik, Yash J. Avashia, Kate B. Krucoff, and Michael R. Zenn. “Does Realism Matter? A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Models for Medical Student Suture Education.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open 8, no. 4 (April 22, 2020): e2738.

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Shammas, Ronnie L., Gloria Broadwater, Roger W. Cason, Adam D. Glener, Amanda R. Sergesketter, Rebecca Vernon, Elliot Le, Victoria A. Wickenheisser, Caitlin Marks, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “Assessing the Utility of Post-Mastectomy Imaging after Breast Reconstruction.” J Am Coll Surg 230, no. 4 (April 2020): 605-614.e1.

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Krucoff, Kate B., Anna R. Carlson, Ronnie L. Shammas, Lily R. Mundy, Hui-Jie Lee, and Gregory S. Georgiade. “Breast-Related Quality of Life in Young Reduction Mammaplasty Patients: A Long-Term Follow-Up Using the BREAST-Q.” Plast Reconstr Surg 144, no. 5 (November 2019): 743e-750e.

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Shammas, Ronnie L., Yi Ren, Samantha M. Thomas, Scott T. Hollenbeck, Rachel A. Greenup, and Rachel C. Blitzblau. “Immediate Breast Reconstruction Allows for the Timely Initiation of Postmastectomy Radiation Therapy.” Plast Reconstr Surg 144, no. 3 (September 2019): 347e-357e.

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