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Lisa M McElroy

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Surgery, Abdominal Transplant Surgery
DUMC 3512, Durham, NC 27710


I am an abdominal transplant surgeon with a health services research lab focused on understanding how complex health care processes and large multidisciplinary teams affect outcomes of high cost, high acuity patients.  I have a master's degree in health services and outcomes research methodology with supplemental training in health disparities research methods, engineering methods for healthcare system and process assessment, organizational behavior theory and change management, and implementation science.

As my research has progressed, an emerging theme has been the interplay between biologic and social risk, which each contribute to a patient’s ultimate success but receive disproportionate consideration in anticipation of and in response to subpar outcomes. I am currently involved in several efforts that build on this concept and employ an approach to health equity research that accounts for center and organizational-level characteristics when examining differences in care based on social determinants of health. 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Surgery · 2021 - Present Surgery, Abdominal Transplant Surgery, Surgery
Onyekwere E. Akwari Assistant Professor of Surgery · 2022 - Present Surgery, Abdominal Transplant Surgery, Surgery
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2020 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

Northwestern University · 2014 M.S.
Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine · 2009 M.D.