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Connor Pratson, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
Duke University
Medical School: 
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Pediatric otolaryngology
  • Quality of life outcomes in head and neck cancer patients
  • Medical education

What were you looking for in a residency program?

First and foremost, I wanted a program that would train me to be an excellent clinician and surgeon. I also wanted exposure to all subspecialties within otolaryngology and access to excellent mentors in each of those fields. Finally, I wanted a community of residents, faculty and staff that I enjoyed working with on a daily basis.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

  • An environment that is supportive, driven and collaborative
  • A tight knit residency cohort and faculty invested in residents' growth and education
  • Excellent clinical and operative training
  • A formal leadership curriculum
  • Training in a world class institution with incredible resources and benefits

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

  • In the hospital: Work hard, be humble, treat your co-interns well, ask for (and listen to) feedback, recognize that you have something to learn from everyone you encounter in the hospital.
  • At home: Invest in your personal relationships, maintain your hobbies, involve yourself in your community outside the hospital.

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

  • Access to world class social and cultural experiences
  • Incredibly affordable and accessible communities
  • Proximity to mountains, beaches and everything in between
  • Ability to attend Duke basketball and football games

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

  • Camping and backpacking
  • Cooking
  • Weightlifting
  • Woodworking
  • Spending time with friends and family

Honors and Awards

  • Brody School of Medicine Class Appreciation Student Award (2017, 2019, 2020)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2019)
  • Rose Pully Merit Scholarship (2019)
  • Merck Manual Award (2019)
  • McGraw Hill/Lange Award (2017)
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (2010)


Pratson, C. L., C. H. Shelton, B. N. Brodish, P. Lepera, and A. W. Ju. “Factors Impacting the Development of Neck Fibrosis in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Following Radiation Therapy.” In International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, 100:1394–1394, 2018.


Moreira, Daniel M., Lauren E. Howard, Katharine N. Sourbeer, Hiruni S. Amarasekara, Lydia C. Chow, Dillon C. Cockrell, Connor L. Pratson, et al. “Predicting Time From Metastasis to Overall Survival in Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer: Results From SEARCH.” Clinical Genitourinary Cancer 15, no. 1 (February 2017): 60-66.e2.

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Moreira, D. M., L. E. Howard, K. N. Sourbeer, H. S. Amarasekara, L. C. Chow, D. C. Cockrell, B. T. Hanyok, et al. “Predicting bone scan positivity in non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.” Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases 18, no. 4 (December 2015): 333–37.

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Sourbeer, Katharine N., Lauren E. Howard, Daniel M. Moreira, Hiruni S. Amarasekara, Lydia D. Chow, Dillon C. Cockrell, Brian T. Hanyok, et al. “Practice patterns and predictors of followup imaging after a negative bone scan in men with castration resistant prostate cancer: results from the SEARCH database.” The Journal of Urology 193, no. 4 (April 2015): 1232–38.

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