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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  


McDaniel, Charles Griffin, Sarah J. Commander, Isabel DeLaura, Sarah Cantrell, Harold J. Leraas, Carrie B. Moore, Christopher R. Reed, Kristy S. Pahl, and Elisabeth T. Tracy. “Coagulation Abnormalities and Clinical Complications in Children With SARS-CoV-2: A Systematic Review of 48,322 Patients.” J Pediatr Hematol Oncol, December 3, 2021.

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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 35, no. 12 (December 2021): 6539–48.

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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.” Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 38, no. 8 (November 2021): 731–44.

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Commander, Sarah Jane, and Tamara N. Fitzgerald. “Invited Commentary: "Familial Non-Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma in Pediatric Age: Our Surgical Experience.".” World J Surg 45, no. 8 (August 2021): 2480–81.

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Whitlock, Richard S., Jorge I. Portuondo, Sarah J. Commander, Tu-Anh Ha, Huirong Zhu, John A. Goss, Kamlesh U. Kukreja, et al. “Integration of a dedicated management protocol in the care of pediatric liver cancer: From specialized providers to complication reduction.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery, July 24, 2021, S0022-3468(21)00522-4.

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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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Commander, S. J., D. Gonzalez, K. R. Kumar, T. Spears, M. Cohen-Wolkowiez, K. O. Zimmerman, S. J. Balevic, and C. P. Hornik. “The relationship between simulated milrinone exposure and hypotension in children.” In Cardiology in the Young, 2021.

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