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Sarah Jane 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  


Tarnasky, Aaron M., Meredith A. Achey, Luke P. Wachsmuth, Hannah Williamson, Samantha M. Thomas, Sarah Jane Commander, Harold Leraas, Tim Driscoll, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Non-inferiority of fragmented care for high-risk pediatric neuroblastoma patients: a single institution analysis.” Pediatr Hematol Oncol, May 10, 2021, 1–26.

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Commander, Sarah Jane, Marcelo Cerullo, Harold J. Leraas, Christopher R. Reed, Meredith A. Achey, Lucas P. Wachsmuth, Gary R. Schooler, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Hepatic vascular malignancies in children are associated with increased rates of surgical resection and improved overall survival compared with adults.” Pediatr Blood Cancer 68, no. 5 (May 2021): e28864.

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Commander, Sarah Jane, Huali Wu, Felix Boakye-Agyeman, Chiara Melloni, Chi Dang Hornik, Kanecia Zimmerman, Amira Al-Uzri, et al. “Pharmacokinetics of Hydrochlorothiazide in Children: A Potential Surrogate for Renal Secretion Maturation.” J Clin Pharmacol 61, no. 3 (March 2021): 368–77.

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Many, Benjamin T., Timothy B. Lautz, Sarah Dobrozsi, Katheryn Hope Wilkinson, Jenna Rossoff, Annie Le-Nguyen, Nawar Dakhallah, et al. “Appendectomy Versus Observation for Appendicitis in Neutropenic Children With Cancer.” Pediatrics 147, no. 2 (February 2021).

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Commander, Sarah Jane, Danielle Ellis, Hannah Williamson, Felix Oyania, Comfart Ruhigwa, Martin Situma, and Tamara N. Fitzgerald. “Social and financial barriers may contribute to a "hidden mortality" in Uganda for children with congenital anomalies.” Surgery 169, no. 2 (February 2021): 311–17.

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Farrow, Norma E., Sarah J. Commander, Christopher R. Reed, Jenna L. Mueller, Aryaman Gupta, Amos H. P. Loh, John Sekabira, and Tamara N. Fitzgerald. “Laparoscopic experience and attitudes toward a low-cost laparoscopic system among surgeons in East, Central, and Southern Africa: a survey study.” Surg Endosc, November 17, 2020.

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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 (November 2020): 536–48.

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Commander, Sarah Jane, Jamie Gao, Erin K. Zinkhan, Gloria Heresi, Sherry E. Courtney, Adrian P. Lavery, Paula Delmore, et al. “Safety of Metronidazole in Late Pre-term and Term Infants with Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections.” Pediatr Infect Dis J 39, no. 9 (September 2020): e245–48.

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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.

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