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Samuel Kesseli, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Medical School: 

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


Kesseli, Samuel J., Matthew Wagar, Min K. Jung, Kerrington D. Smith, Yu Kuei Lin, Matthew R. Walsh, Betul Hatipoglu, et al. “Long-Term Glycemic Control in Adult Patients Undergoing Remote vs. Local Total Pancreatectomy With Islet Autotransplantation.” American Journal of Gastroenterology 112, no. 4 (April 2017): 643–49.

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Kesseli, Samuel J., Kerrington D. Smith, Min K. Jung, Yu K. Lin, R Matthew Walsh, Betul Hatipoglu, David A. Axelrod, Sushela S. Chaidarun, Tyler K. Stevens, and Timothy B. Gardner. “Islet Cell Yield Following Remote Total Pancreatectomy With Islet Autotransplant is Independent of Cold Ischemia Time.” Pancreas 46, no. 3 (March 2017): 380–84.

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Kesseli, Samuel J., Kerrington D. Smith, and Timothy B. Gardner. “Pancreatic Islet Cells Mimicking Hepatic Metastases.” American Journal of Gastroenterology 111, no. 6 (June 2016): 765–765.

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Gardner, Timothy B., Kerrington Smith, David Axelrod, Samuel Kesseli, Richard Freeman, Sushela Chaidarun, Gilbert Fanciullo, Emily Nicolai, Richard B. Ferrell, and Stuart R. Gordon. “Tu1488 The Effect of Cold Ischemia Time on Islet Cell Function in Islet Autotransplant Patients Undergoing Remote Islet Isolation.” Gastroenterology 148, no. 4 (April 2015).

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Kesseli, Samuel J., Kerrington A. Smith, and Timothy B. Gardner. “Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autologous Transplantation: The Cure for Chronic Pancreatitis?” Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology 6, no. 1 (January 2015): e73–e73.

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