Nancy Yang, MD

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Where is your hometown?

Greensboro, North Carolina

Education and Training

College/University: Duke University

Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Residency: Duke University

Honors and Awards

  • 2020/2021  Duke Regional Hospital/Ambulatory Medicine Chief Resident
  • 2017  Distinction in Research, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • 2017  Distinction in Medical Eudcation, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • 2015  Alpha Omega Alpha, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • 2014  Presidential Service Volunteer Award, Bronze
  • 2014  Ruth Liu Memorial Scholar, Chinese American Medical Society

Fellow Perspective


Tell us briefly about your background before embarking on your medical training:

I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, but have spent majority of my life in Greensboro, NC and think of Durham as my second home — I went to NCSSM for high school and Duke for college, where I majored in public policy and lived in a tent for months for Duke basketball tickets.  I attended Mount Sinai for medical school, where I was heavily involved in the student run free primary care clinic, various mentorship programs, and conducted research with the Visiting Doctors program and on FMTs in IBD.  I love to stay active, exploring food trucks, traveling and sampling street foods from around the world, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Please outline your career plans in gastroenterology:

As a first year fellow, I’m keeping an open mind and have thus far loved all of my rotations!  A few of my specific interests within gastroenterology include: tackling the growing burden of metabolic associated fatty liver disease and preventing its subsequent progression to cirrhosis, cancer, and death; clinical applications of fecal transplants and the gut microbiome; and medical education / mentorship.

What were you looking for in a fellowship program?

As someone who is interested in a lot of things professionally, I was looking for a place where I would not only receive an incredible training in general gastroenterology, but also have ample opportunities to explore various subspecialties and avenues within the field (e.g., medical education, research, high procedure volume, high volume of liver transplants).  I also wanted to be at a program with great mentorship, a true sense of community (both within and outside the hospital), and where people valued being happy and having fun!

From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?

It’s amazing!  Everyone in the GI department – attendings, co-fellows, nurses, techs, etc – are all committed to going above and beyond to do what is best for patients.  The opportunities here are endless.  And it truly feels like a #Dukefam. 

What is your favorite restaurant in Durham?

Rose’s or MKokko for ramen noodles. Sister Liu’s for dumplings. Convivio for Italian. Pizzeria Toro for pizza. Viceroy for Indian. Heavenly buffalo for wings and sweet potato fries. Dain’s for tots. Nuvo Taco for queso. Monuts for brunch. Dashi’s izakaya for an old fashioned. Ponysaurus for beer.

Active social media sites:

Twitter: @nyang1010



Hirten, Robert P., Ari Grinspan, Shih-Chen Fu, Yuying Luo, Mayte Suarez-Farinas, John Rowland, Eduardo J. Contijoch, et al. “Microbial Engraftment and Efficacy of Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Clostridium Difficile in Patients With and Without Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 25, no. 6 (May 4, 2019): 969–79.

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Yang, Nancy, Shai Posner, Raymond T. Finn, Alice Parish, Rahul A. Shimpi, Richard K. Wood, Deborah A. Fisher, et al. “Sa1181 – Identifying Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Post-Lung Transplant is Not Improved with Intraluminal Impedance Versus Ph-Metry.” Gastroenterology 156, no. 6 (May 2019).

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Yang, Nancy, Shai Posner, Alice Parish, Rahul Shimpi, Richard Wood, Thomas Finn, Deborah Fisher, et al. “Gastric Emptying Is Not Associated With Esophageal Motility Pattern or Patient Outcomes After Lung Transplantation.” In American Journal of Gastroenterology, 113:S227–S227. NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, 2018.


Luo, Yuying, Nancy Yang, and Ari Grinspan. “Multiple Fecal Microbiota Transplantations for Clostridium difficile Infections in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients.” In American Journal of Gastroenterology, 112:S335–36. Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health), 2017.

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Bolton, Jessica L., Melanie G. Wiley, Bailey Ryan, Samantha Truong, Melva Strait, Dana Creighton Baker, Nancy Y. Yang, et al. “Perinatal western-type diet and associated gestational weight gain alter postpartum maternal mood.” Brain Behav 7, no. 10 (October 2017): e00828.

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Yang, N. Y., R. Q. Wolever, R. Roberts, A. Perlman, R. J. Dolor, D. I. Abrams, G. S. Ginsburg, and L. A. Simmons. “Integrative health care services utilization as a function of body mass index: A BraveNet practice-based research network study.” Advances in Integrative Medicine 4, no. 1 (April 1, 2017): 14–21.

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Yang, Nancy, Katherine A. Ornstein, and Jennifer M. Reckrey. “Association Between Symptom Burden and Time to Hospitalization, Nursing Home Placement, and Death Among the Chronically Ill Urban Homebound.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 52, no. 1 (July 2016): 73–80.

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Simmons, Leigh Ann, Nancy Y. Yang, Qishan Wu, Heather M. Bush, and Leslie J. Crofford. “Public and personal depression stigma in a rural American female sample.” Archives of Psychiatric Nursing 29, no. 6 (December 2015): 407–12.

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Katsanis, Sara Huston, Mollie A. Minear, Allison Vorderstrasse, Nancy Yang, Jason W. Reeves, Tejinder Rakhra-Burris, Robert Cook-Deegan, Geoffrey S. Ginsburg, and Leigh Ann Simmons. “Perspectives on genetic and genomic technologies in an academic medical center: the duke experience.” J Pers Med 5, no. 2 (April 3, 2015): 67–82.

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Simmons, Leigh Ann, Qishan Wu, Nancy Yang, Heather M. Bush, and Leslie J. Crofford. “Sources of health information among rural women in Western Kentucky.” Public Health Nursing (Boston, Mass.) 32, no. 1 (January 2015): 3–14.

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