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Shanna Sprinkle, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: 
University of Pennsylvania

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Surgical outcomes research
  • Use of non-invasive imaging modalities in surgical decision making,
  • Surgical education 
  • Aortopathies
  • Vascular surgery
  • Biostatistics
  • Innovation and device design

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I was looking for a program that would provide a strong operative experience (in terms of breadth, complexity, and acuity), but I also wanted somewhere I got along easily with the residents. It was obvious when I met the residents at the applicant dinner they were all impressive, but I could joke around with them.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

  • Operative experience
  • Departmental leadership
  • Research opportunities
  • The challenge to always improve

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

When the status of your patient changes and you call an upper-level resident to discuss, don't just report the information. Challenge yourself to synthesize the data and have at least part of a plan to run by them. This is the difference between a medical student (someone who can report information) and a resident. It's fine to be wrong about the plan, you'll learn more by giving it a shot and learning by iterations. If you never test out your diagnostic and treatment algorithms out loud, you can convince yourself you know more than you do or actually hold false assumptions you wouldn't have uncovered otherwise. 

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

I live only eight minutes from the hospital, but my house is on a wooded lot with a back deck and a fenced yard for my two golden retrievers. If I walk down the street, I can take a trail down to the Eno River State Park. After going to medical school in a big city, it's nice after long days to (quickly) get home to something serene and quiet instead of fighting a commute or hassling with public transportation.   

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

  • Take dance classes at 9th Street Dance Studio (modern, hip hop, contemporary) 
  • Play with the dogs
  • Run

Honors and Awards

2015-2016 Duke Feagin Leadership Scholar

2014 Duke Appleseed Teaching Award


Cox, Morgan L., Donald A. Risucci, Brian F. Gilmore, Uttara P. Nag, Megan C. Turner, Shanna R. Sprinkle, John Migaly, and Ranjan Sudan. “Validation of the Omni: A Novel, Multimodality, and Longitudinal Surgical Skills Assessment..” J Surg Educ 75, no. 6 (November 2018): e218–28.

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Leraas, Harold J., Morgan L. Cox, Victoria A. Bendersky, Shanna S. Sprinkle, Brian F. Gilmore, Rathnayaka M. Gunasingha, Elisabeth T. Tracy, and Ranjan Sudan. “Instituting a Surgical Skills Competition Increases Technical Performance of Surgical Clerkship Students Over Time..” J Surg Educ 75, no. 3 (May 2018): 644–49.

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Sprinkle, Shanna R., Harold Leraas, Elisabeth T. Tracy, and John Migaly. “Residency Programs with Non-physician Educators Are More Likely to Perform Baseline Competency Testing.” In Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 223:S130–31. Elsevier BV, 2016.

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Behling, K., W. F. Maguire, J. C. L. Puebla, S. R. Sprinkle, A. Ruggiero, J. O’Donoghue, P. H. Gutin, D. A. Scheinberg, and M. R. McDevitt. “Vascular targeted radioimmunotherapy for the treatment of glioblastoma.” Journal of Nuclear Medicine 57, no. 10 (October 1, 2016): 1576–82.

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Yerokun, Babatunde A., Mohamed A. Adam, Zhifei Sun, Jina Kim, Shanna Sprinkle, John Migaly, and Christopher R. Mantyh. “Does Conversion in Laparoscopic Colectomy Portend an Inferior Oncologic Outcome? Results from 104,400 Patients..” J Gastrointest Surg 20, no. 5 (May 2016): 1042–48.

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Bouma, Wobbe, Chikashi Aoki, Mathieu Vergnat, Alison M. Pouch, Shanna R. Sprinkle, Matthew J. Gillespie, Massimo A. Mariani, Benjamin M. Jackson, Robert C. Gorman, and Joseph H. Gorman. “Saddle-Shaped Annuloplasty Improves Leaflet Coaptation in Repair for Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation.” The Annals of Thoracic Surgery 100, no. 4 (October 2015): 1360–66.

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Shang, E. K., D. P. Nathan, S. R. Sprinkle, R. M. Fairman, J. E. Bavaria, R. C. Gorman, J. H. Gorman, and B. M. Jackson. “Impact of Wall Thickness and Saccular Geometry on the Computational Wall Stress of Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms.” Circulation 128, no. 11_suppl_1 (September 10, 2013): S157–62.

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Shang, Eric K., Derek P. Nathan, Shanna R. Sprinkle, Sarah C. Vigmostad, Ronald M. Fairman, Joseph E. Bavaria, Robert C. Gorman, Joseph H. Gorman, Krishnan B. Chandran, and Benjamin M. Jackson. “Peak Wall Stress Predicts Expansion Rate in Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms.” The Annals of Thoracic Surgery 95, no. 2 (February 2013): 593–98.

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McDevitt, Michael, Michael Alessandro Ruggiero, Michael Carlos H. Villa, Michael Jason P. Holland, Michael Shanna R. Sprinkle, Michael Chad May, Jason Lewis, and David Scheinberg. “Imaging and treating tumor vasculature with targeted radiolabeled carbon nanotubes.” International Journal of Nanomedicine, n.d., 783–783.

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