Jonathan Komisar, MD

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New York City

Where did you attend college/university?
Macalester College

Where did you attend medical school?
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

What are your career goals?
Academic Medicine & Medical Education

What did you do the summer before internship?
Spent an inordinate amount of time catching up on TV shows and spent time hanging with my friends and family.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
While I wanted to go to a program that was both rigorous and heavily academic/research bent, the most important thing for me was finding a program in which I felt comfortable and at home around my peers/co-workers.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Besides the breadth of clinical exposure, the diversity of being at a national referral center while also being a local hospital as well, and the incredible faculty, the real strength of this program is the people - both the faculty and my co-interns/residents. They are equal parts brilliant and humble, always supportive, and will always have your back in any situation!

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
It's an incredibly affordable, vibrant, and commutable city. Whenever anyone comes to visit, I always make sure to take them to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.


Mischel, Nicholas, Christian Bjerre-Real, Jonathan Komisar, Brian Ginsberg, Steven T. Szabo, and Xavier PreudʼHomme. “Intravenous Ketamine Relieves Pain and Depression After Traumatic Suicide Attempts: A Case Series.” J Clin Psychopharmacol 38, no. 2 (April 2018): 149–50.

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Komisar, Jonathan, and Daniel C. McFarland. “Is empathy associated with a self-ascribed sense of meaning among resident physicians working with patients nearing the end of life on a hematology-oncology ward?” Psychooncology 26, no. 9 (September 2017): 1403–6.

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Komisar, Jonathan, Shubhika Srivastava, Miwa Geiger, John Doucette, Helen Ko, Jay Shenoy, and Rajesh Shenoy. “Impact of changing indications and increased utilization of fetal echocardiography on prenatal detection of congenital heart disease.” Congenit Heart Dis 12, no. 1 (January 2017): 67–73.

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McFarland, Daniel Curtis, and Jonathan Komisar. “Is empathy associated with a derived sense of meaning among resident physicians working with patients nearing the end of life on a hematology-oncology ward?” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 34:28–28. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2016.

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