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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


Cason, Roger W., Yash J. Avashia, Ronnie L. Shammas, Ira L. Savetsky, and Rod J. Rohrich. “Perioperative Approach to Reducing Hematoma during Rhytidectomy: What Does the Evidence Show?” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 147, no. 6 (June 2021): 1297–1309.

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Sergesketter, Amanda R., Adam D. Glener, Ronnie L. Shammas, Vu T. Nguyen, Jason H. Ko, Scott D. Lifchez, Adeyiza O. Momoh, Jeffrey R. Marcus, Scott T. Hollenbeck, and Brett T. Phillips. “The Association between Away Rotations and Rank Order in the Integrated Plastic Surgery Match.” Plast Reconstr Surg 147, no. 6 (June 1, 2021): 1050e-1056e.

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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 37, no. 4 (May 2021): 380–84.

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Sergesketter, Amanda R., Ronnie L. Shammas, Mahsa Taskindoust, Adam D. Glener, Bryan J. Pyfer, Kristen Rezak, Brett T. Phillips, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “A Comparison of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Bipedicled Total Abdominal versus Unipedicled Hemiabdominal Free Flaps for Unilateral Breast Reconstruction.” J Reconstr Microsurg, April 14, 2021.

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Glener, Adam D., Michael Lebhar, J Andres Hernandez, Amanda R. Sergesketter, Ronnie L. Shammas, Roger W. Cason, Sonali Biswas, and Brett T. Phillips. “Location, Location, Location: The Geographic Impact of Medical School on the Plastic Surgery Match.” Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 9, no. 4 (April 2021): e3549.

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Cason, Roger W., Adam D. Glener, Nicholas C. Oleck, Ronnie L. Shammas, Victoria A. Wickenheisser, and Jeffrey R. Marcus. “Commonly Used Flaps for Cutaneous Reconstruction of the Nasal Distal Third.” Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 9, no. 3 (March 2021): e3443.

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Shammas, Ronnie L., Caitlin E. Marks, Gloria Broadwater, Elliot Le, Adam D. Glener, Amanda R. Sergesketter, Roger W. Cason, Kristen M. Rezak, Brett T. Phillips, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “The Effect of Lavender Oil on Perioperative Pain, Anxiety, Depression, and Sleep after Microvascular Breast Reconstruction: A Prospective, Single-Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Trial.” J Reconstr Microsurg, February 6, 2021.

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Shammas, Ronnie L., Yi Ren, Samantha M. Thomas, Brett T. Phillips, Scott T. Hollenbeck, and Rachel A. Greenup. “The Association of Overall Annual Hospital Volume and Perioperative Outcomes following Free Flap Breast Reconstruction.” Plast Reconstr Surg 147, no. 2 (February 1, 2021): 196e-206e.

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Mundy, Lily R., Tracy Truong, Ronnie L. Shammas, Daniel Cunningham, Scott T. Hollenbeck, Gina-Maria Pomann, and Mark J. Gage. “Amputation Rates in More Than 175,000 Open Tibia Fractures in the United States.” Orthopedics 44, no. 1 (January 1, 2021): 48–53.

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Atia, Andrew, Rebecca Vernon, Bryan J. Pyfer, Ronnie L. Shammas, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “The Essential Local Muscle Flaps for Lower Extremity Reconstruction.” J Reconstr Microsurg 37, no. 1 (January 2021): 89–96.

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