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Sarah Commander, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
2017
College/University: 
Stanford University
Medical School: 
Baylor College of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

My clinical interests include pediatric and oncologic surgery. My research interests include pediatric surgical oncology, global pediatric surgery, clinical pharmacology, and clinical trials.

What were you looking for in a residency program?

Excellence, high clinical volume, wealth of research opportunities, and camaraderie among residents.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

Excellence, high clinical volume, complex patient care, wealth of research opportunities in every field, and camaraderie among residents.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Enjoy this year - your first as a physician! Keep an open mind, learn as much as you can, communicate as much as possible.

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

Ability to own a home comfortably, ability to go to the beach or mountains in just a few hours, outdoor activities are close by.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

I enjoy singing, crafting, baking, and spending time with my husband, kids, and dogs.

Honors and Awards

  • Thrasher Research Foundation Early Career Award
  • Global Surgery Research Fellow Grant winner from the Association of Academic Surgeons
  • Executive Directors Pathway Duke Clinical Research Institute Fellows Award
  • UNC-Duke Clinical Pharmacology T32 Research Fellowship Award
  • Recipient of Apple Seed Teaching Award 2018 and 2019
  • Alpha Omega Alpha  

Publications

Commander, Sarah Jane, Danielle Ellis, Hannah Williamson, Dave Grabski, Aminata Yandeh Sallah, Milliard Derbew, and Tamara N. Fitzgerald. “Predictors of Burnout and Depression in Surgeons Practicing in East, Central, and Southern Africa.” J Surg Res 255 (July 5, 2020): 536–48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2020.04.038.

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Reed, Christopher R., Sarah J. Commander, John Sekabira, Phyllis Kisa, Nasser Kakembo, Anne Wesonga, Monica Langer, Gustavo A. Villanova, Doruk Ozgediz, and Tamara N. Fitzgerald. “Comparison of Ugandan and North American Pediatric Surgery Fellows' Operative Experience: Opportunities for Global Training Exchange.” J Surg Educ 77, no. 3 (May 2020): 606–14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2019.12.001.

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Yang, Chi-Fu Jeffrey, Shivani A. Shah, Divya Ramakrishnan, Vignesh Raman, Kevin Diao, Hanghang Wang, Sarah J. Commander, Thomas A. D’Amico, and Mark F. Berry. “Impact of Positive Margins and Radiation After Tracheal Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Resection on Survival.” Ann Thorac Surg 109, no. 4 (April 2020): 1026–32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.08.094.

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Ezekian, Brian, Michael S. Mulvihill, Paul M. Schroder, Brian F. Gilmore, Harold J. Leraas, Brian C. Gulack, Sarah Jane Commander, et al. “Improved contemporary outcomes of liver transplantation for pediatric hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma.” Pediatr Transplant 22, no. 8 (December 2018): e13305. https://doi.org/10.1111/petr.13305.

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Campagna, Giovanni, Eric Rosenfeld, Jennifer Foster, Sanjeev Vasudevan, Jed Nuchtern, Eugene Kim, Sarah Commander, and Bindi Naik-Mathuria. “Evolving biopsy techniques for the diagnosis of neuroblastoma in children.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery 53, no. 11 (November 2018): 2235–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2018.04.012.

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Commander, S., B. Shaw, L. Washburn, D. Yoeli, A. Rana, and J. Goss. “A Long-Term Experience with Expansion of Milan Criteria for Liver Transplant Recipients.” In American Journal of Transplantation, 18:725–26. WILEY, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Commander, Sarah Jane, Brian Shaw, Laura Washburn, Dor Yoeli, Abbas Rana, and John A. Goss. “A long-term experience with expansion of Milan criteria for liver transplant recipients.” Clinical Transplantation 32, no. 6 (June 2018): e13254. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.13254.

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Commander, Sarah, Brian Shaw, Laura Washburn, Dor Yoeli, Abbas Rana, and John Goss. “A Long-Term Experience with Expansion of Milan Criteria for Liver Transplant Recipients.” In American Journal of Transplantation, 18:67–67. WILEY, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Commander, Sarah Jane, Samantha J. Jacques, Mark S. Lloyd, Audra Rushing, Helena Karlberg, and Edward P. Buchanan. “Bioinformatics Associated With Conjoined Twin Separation.” The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 29, no. 1 (January 2018): 109–11. https://doi.org/10.1097/scs.0000000000004067.

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Shi, Yan, Sarah J. Commander, Prakash M. Masand, Andras Heczey, John A. Goss, and Sanjeev A. Vasudevan. “Vascular invasion is a prognostic indicator in hepatoblastoma.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery 52, no. 6 (June 2017): 956–61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.03.017.

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