Harold  Leraas
House Staff

Start Year: 2018

College/University: Pacific Lutheran University

Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

My clinical interests focus around pediatric surgery and surgical oncology. I will be spending my two years of research fellowship investigating impediments to oncologic care for children with solid organ tumors.

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I was looking for an academic program that provided a large surgical volume as well as complex cases. Duke offers an operative experience that is not limited by fellows, which allows residents to be active participants in technically complex operations.

Above all else, I was looking for camaraderie with my fellow residents. Duke Surgery has an incredible community of trainees and a truly unique relationship with our faculty. Knowing the strength of this community made Duke a very attractive option for my clinical training.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

  • Excellent surgical mentors.
  • Amazing potential for research experience.
  • Cohesive group of co-residents that value each other just as much as they value the care that our patients receive.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Have the vacation of a lifetime before residency starts!

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

I love living in the triangle! My wife and I bought our first house when we matched here. Our commute is easy and we are able to really relax at home when we are away from the hospital. This area is an up and coming area for restauranteurs and offers a lot of great options for hiking and outdoor activities.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

Outside of the hospital I spend my time cooking and eating out at the great restaurants in the area. I'm also an avid soccer and basketball fan. I balance these interests around my responsibility as a #DogDad.

Honors and Awards

  • Surgical Education Research Fellowship 2020
  • Duke Surgical Oncology T32
House Staff