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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., Alexander C. Allori, Ronnie L. Shammas, Anna R. Carlson, Irene J. Pien, Arthur S. Aylsworth, Robert Meyer, et al. “A Population-Based Exploration of the Social Implications Associated with Cleft Lip and/or Palate.” Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 5, no. 6 (June 2017): e1373.

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Cho, Eugenia H., Ronnie L. Shammas, Brett T. Phillips, Rachel A. Greenup, E Shelley Hwang, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “Breast Cancer after Augmentation: Oncologic and Reconstructive Considerations among Women Undergoing Mastectomy.” Plast Reconstr Surg 139, no. 6 (June 2017): 1240e-1249e.

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Elsamadicy, Aladine A., Owoicho Adogwa, Hunter Warwick, Amanda Sergesketter, Emily Lydon, Ronnie L. Shammas, Ankit I. Mehta, et al. “Increased 30-Day Complication Rates Associated with Laminectomy in 874 Adult Patients with Spinal Deformity Undergoing Elective Spinal Fusion: A Single Institutional Study.” World Neurosurg 102 (June 2017): 370–75.

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Shammas, Ronnie L., Yash J. Avashia, Alfredo E. Farjat, Anthony A. Catanzano, L Scott Levin, William C. Eward, Brian E. Brigman, and Detlev Erdmann. “Vascularized Fibula-Based Physis Transfer: A Follow-Up Study of Longitudinal Bone Growth and Complications.” Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 5, no. 5 (May 2017): e1352.

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Shammas, Ronnie L., Andrew M. Fales, Bridget M. Crawford, Amy J. Wisdom, Gayathri R. Devi, David A. Brown, Tuan Vo-Dinh, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “Human Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Labeled with Plasmonic Gold Nanostars for Cellular Tracking and Photothermal Cancer Cell Ablation.” Plast Reconstr Surg 139, no. 4 (April 2017): 900e-910e.

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Shammas, R. L., A. M. Fales, B. M. Crawford, S. T. Hollenbeck, T. Vo-Dinh, and G. R. Devi. “Abstract P3-16-02: Nanotheranostics using plasmonic gold nanostars to target inflammatory breast cancer cells and tumor emboli.” In Poster Session Abstracts. American Association for Cancer Research, 2017.

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Crawford, Bridget M., Ronnie L. Shammas, Andrew M. Fales, David A. Brown, Scott T. Hollenbeck, Tuan Vo-Dinh, and Gayathri R. Devi. “Photothermal ablation of inflammatory breast cancer tumor emboli using plasmonic gold nanostars.” Int J Nanomedicine 12 (2017): 6259–72.

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Cho, Eugenia H., Andrew R. Bauder, Sierra Centkowski, Ronnie L. Shammas, Lily Mundy, Stephen J. Kovach, L Scott Levin, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “Preoperative Platelet Count Predicts Lower Extremity Free Flap Thrombosis: A Multi-Institutional Experience.” Plast Reconstr Surg 139, no. 1 (January 2017): 220–30.

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Thomas, Analise B., Ronnie L. Shammas, Adam D. Glener, Kelli Aibel, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “Analysis of Bleeding Complications in Plastic Surgery.” In Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 223:S93–S93. Elsevier BV, 2016.

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