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Samuel Kesseli, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Clinical and Research Interests

  • Clinical and translational applications of ex-vivo organ perfusion technology
  • Liver, kidney, small bowel, and multivisceral transplantation

What were you looking for in a residency program?

  • Happy, cohesive, and motivated residents and faculty
  • High clinical volume, early operative experience
  • Highly structured and supportive approach to resident research
  • Excellent exposure in transplantation surgery, translational transplant research
  • Flexible moonlighting opportunities
  • Family friendly program
  • Affordable real estate

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

Clinical training is superb and academic productivity among residents is unparalleled.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Ask for help, support each other in and out of the hospital, and have fun!

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

  • Fantastic breweries

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

  • Dining and brewery-hopping with my co-residents
  • Running, kickboxing, hiking
  • BBQing


Shaw, Brian I., Vincenzo Villani, Samuel J. Kesseli, Chloe Nobuhara, Mariya L. Samoylova, Dimitrios Moris, Bradley H. Collins, et al. “A Historical Cohort in Kidney Transplantation: 55-Year Follow-Up of 72 HLA-Identical, Donor-Recipient Pairs.” Journal of Clinical Medicine 10, no. 23 (November 24, 2021).

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Kesseli, Samuel J., Samantha E. Halpern, Jared N. Gloria, Nader Abraham, Min Zhang, Mathew G. Hartwig, and Andrew S. Barbas. “Reply: Is hepatocyte necrosis a good marker of donor liver viability during machine perfusion?” Hepatol Commun, September 2, 2021.

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Kesseli, Samuel J., Jared N. Gloria, Nader Abraham, Samantha E. Halpern, Greta N. Cywinska, Min Zhang, Dimitrios Moris, et al. “Point-of-Care Assessment of DCD Livers During Normothermic Machine Perfusion in a Nonhuman Primate Model.” Hepatology Communications 5, no. 9 (September 2021): 1527–42.

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Halpern, Samantha E., Samuel J. Kesseli, Sandra Au, Madison K. Krischak, Danae G. Olaso, Haley Smith, Greg Tipton, et al. “Lung transplantation after ex vivo lung perfusion versus static cold storage: An institutional cost analysis.” Am J Transplant, August 11, 2021.

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Samoylova, Mariya L., Kara Wegermann, Brian I. Shaw, Samuel J. Kesseli, Sandra Au, Christine Park, Samantha E. Halpern, et al. “The Impact of the 2017 Kidney Allocation Policy Change on Simultaneous Liver-Kidney Utilization and Outcomes.” Liver Transpl 27, no. 8 (August 2021): 1106–15.

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Kesseli, Samuel J., Mariya L. Samoylova, John Yerxa, Carrie B. Moore, Marcelo Cerullo, Qimeng Gao, Nader Abraham, et al. “Donor-Recipient Height Mismatch Is Associated With Decreased Survival in Pediatric-to-Adult Liver Transplant Recipients.” Liver Transpl 27, no. 3 (February 2021): 425–33.

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Moris, Dimitrios, Brian I. Shaw, Jared Gloria, Samuel J. Kesseli, Mariya L. Samoylova, Robin Schmitz, Miriam Manook, et al. “Textbook Outcomes in Liver Transplantation.” World Journal of Surgery 44, no. 10 (October 2020): 3470–77.

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Kesseli, Samuel J., Mariya L. Samoylova, Dimitrios Moris, Ashton A. Connor, Robin Schmitz, Brian I. Shaw, Jared N. Gloria, et al. “Outcomes in Kidney Transplantation Between Veterans Affairs and Civilian Hospitals: Considerations in the Context of the MISSION Act.” Ann Surg 272, no. 3 (September 1, 2020): 506–10.

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Scheuermann, Uwe, Elisabeth R. Seyferth, Nader Abraham, Samuel J. Kesseli, Samantha E. Halpern, Minghua Zhu, Mingqing Song, et al. “Sirtuin-1 expression and activity is diminished in aged liver grafts.” Sci Rep 10, no. 1 (July 17, 2020): 11860.

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