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Sarah Commander, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
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  


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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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Commander, S. J., M. Goss, Y. Shi, M. Finegold, A. Heczey, K. Kukreja, P. Masand, and S. Vasudevan. “Liver abscesses secondary to Escherichia coli infection mimicking multifocal hepatoblastoma: A case report.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports 18 (March 1, 2017): 42–44.

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Trost, Jeffrey G., Lawrence O. Lin, Sarah Jane Clark, David Y. Khechoyan, Larry H. Hollier, and Edward P. Buchanan. “Separation of Thoraco-Omphalo-Ischiopagus Conjoined Twins: Surgical Planning, Management, and Outcomes.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 138, no. 5 (November 2016): 1064–72.

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Commander, Sarah Jane, Daniel Chang, Abdulla Fakhro, Marjory G. Nigro, and Edward I. Lee. “Noninvasive Facial Rejuvenation. Part 1: Patient-Directed.” Seminars in Plastic Surgery 30, no. 3 (August 2016): 129–33.

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Commander, Sarah Jane, Edward Chamata, Joshua Cox, Ryan M. Dickey, and Edward I. Lee. “Update on Postsurgical Scar Management.” Seminars in Plastic Surgery 30, no. 3 (August 2016): 122–28.

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Sheikh, Fariha, Adesola Akinkuotu, Sarah Jane Clark, Irving J. Zamora, Darrell L. Cass, Oluyinka Olutoye, and Timothy C. Lee. “Assessment of quality of life outcomes using the pediatric quality of life inventory survey in prenatally diagnosed congenital diaphragmatic hernia patients.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery 51, no. 4 (April 2016): 545–48.

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