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Debra L Sudan, MD

Chief, Division of Abdominal Transplant Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Professor in Pediatrics
Office: 223 Hanes House, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3512 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

I am interested clinically in all abdominal organ transplants (kidney, liver, pancreas and intestine).  I am specifically interested in intestine transplantation and improving intestine graft preservation and long-term graft function and patient survival.  In addition, I am interested in monitoring of patients to improve our ability to determine the etiology of graft dysfunction when there are complex interacting issues such as infection and rejection as well as examining better immunosuppressive regimens to maintain excellent graft function.  We have numerous research studies and trial to improve our knowledge in these areas and thereby contribute to improved patient outcomes!

Education and Training

  • M.D., Wright State University, 1994

Selected Grants

Publications

Amara, Dominic, Justin Parekh, Debra Sudan, Nahel Elias, David P. Foley, Kendra Conzen, Arielle Grieco, et al. “Surgical complications after living and deceased donor liver transplant: The NSQIP transplant experience.” Clinical Transplantation, February 10, 2022, e14610. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.14610.

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Thornton, Steven W., Raluca E. Gosman, Debra L. Sudan, Henry E. Rice, Mitchell K. Arbogast, and Tamara N. Fitzgerald. “Biliary atresia in a neonate with a history of COVID-19: A case report.” Int J Surg Case Rep 90 (January 2022): 106705. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijscr.2021.106705.

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Shaw, Brian I., Fides R. Schwartz, Mariya L. Samoylova, Andrew S. Barbas, Lisa M. McElroy, Carl Berg, Debra L. Sudan, Daniele Marin, and Kadiyala V. Ravindra. “Left lateral segment liver volume is not correlated with anthropometric measures.” Hpb (Oxford) 23, no. 12 (December 2021): 1830–36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hpb.2021.04.018.

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Turgeon, Michael K., Shimul A. Shah, Aaron M. Delman, Benjamin V. Tran, Vatche G. Agopian, Joel P. Wedd, Joseph F. Magliocca, et al. “Optimal Timing of Administration of Direct-acting Antivirals for Patients With Hepatitis C-associated Hepatocellular Carcinoma Undergoing Liver Transplantation.” Ann Surg 274, no. 4 (October 1, 2021): 613–20. https://doi.org/10.1097/SLA.0000000000005070.

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Jelly, Evan T., Jean Kwun, Robin Schmitz, Alton B. Farris, Zachary A. Steelman, Debra L. Sudan, Stuart J. Knechtle, and Adam Wax. “Optical coherence tomography of small intestine allograft biopsies using a handheld surgical probe.” J Biomed Opt 26, no. 9 (September 2021). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.26.9.096008.

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Hollins, Andrew W., Kyle Napier, Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner, Ralph Erdmann, Debra L. Sudan, Kadiyala V. Ravindra, Detlev Erdmann, and Andrew Atia. “Using Radiographic Domain for Evaluating Indications in Abdominal Wall Transplantation.” Ann Plast Surg 87, no. 3 (September 1, 2021): 348–54. https://doi.org/10.1097/SAP.0000000000002708.

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Samoylova, Mariya L., Kara Wegermann, Brian I. Shaw, Samuel J. Kesseli, Sandra Au, Christine Park, Samantha E. Halpern, et al. “The Impact of the 2017 Kidney Allocation Policy Change on Simultaneous Liver-Kidney Utilization and Outcomes.” Liver Transpl 27, no. 8 (August 2021): 1106–15. https://doi.org/10.1002/lt.26053.

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Modi, Krishna, Maria Segovia, Alisha Mavis, Thomas Schiano, Yuval Patel, Justin Boike, Debra Sudan, Shunji Nagai, and Syed-Mohammed Jafri. “Efficacy and safety of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors following intestinal and multivisceral transplantation.” Clin Transplant 35, no. 7 (July 2021): e14324. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.14324.

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Shaw, Brian I., Mariya L. Samoylova, Scott Sanoff, Andrew S. Barbas, Debra L. Sudan, L Ebony Boulware, and Lisa M. McElroy. “Need for improvements in simultaneous heart-kidney allocation: The limitation of pretransplant glomerular filtration rate.” Am J Transplant 21, no. 7 (July 2021): 2468–78. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.16466.

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Boulware, L Ebony, Debra L. Sudan, Tara S. Strigo, Patti L. Ephraim, Clemontina A. Davenport, Jane F. Pendergast, Iris Pounds, et al. “Transplant social worker and donor financial assistance to increase living donor kidney transplants among African Americans: The TALKS Study, a randomized comparative effectiveness trial.” Am J Transplant 21, no. 6 (June 2021): 2175–87. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.16403.

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