Syed Hussaini, MD

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Hyderabad, India

Where did you attend college/university? 
Washington State University

Where did you attend medical school? 
Duke-NUS Medical School

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution? 
MSc - Johns Hopkins University

What are your career goals? 
I am interested in hematology-oncology and pulmonary-critical care at this point, and look forward to possibly combining specialty work with my future interests in healthcare policy and writing. 

What did you do the summer before internship? 
Ate great food, hung out with good friends, read a few books, and spent time with my family, especially my two awesome nieces. I was living in Singapore at the time, and had the opportunity to visit India and ride a scooter along the southern coast of Thailand.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was looking for a program that would provide me strong clinical training with a focus on leadership, have avenues to continue my previous research work in the sciences, and be part of a large system where I had opportunities to explore my interests in healthcare policy and systems improvement.

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
Excellent clinical training and the ability to develop yourself across your future goals, whether it is becoming a clinician investigator, global health expert, clinician educator, or research scientist. The program leadership is awesome and will always look out for your best interests, whether its with clinical education, helping you explore interests, pairing you up with mentors, or helping optimize your schedule.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
There is a collegial relationship between the faculty and house staff. They help create an atmosphere that make great patient care and education possible on the team. Resident autonomy is respected with an appropriate amount of supervision. Often times we bounce ideas across each other. Each attending has their own style of teaching and rounding, and its been a lot of fun getting to know and work with them.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
It didn’t take long to connect at all. Prior to beginning residency, we had already started connecting and during orientation week got the ball rolling with different activities. Since then, we’ve hung out several times and each time I learn something new about my co-interns and realize just how much they’ve accomplished before they began their residency at Duke. They are humble, down to earth, and truly exceptional individuals.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
There is something for everyone. I’ve enjoyed checking out the local food scene, DPAC, downtown hangouts and nearby hiking trails. There’s also a good music scene and I’m looking forward to exploring nearby weekend spots like Asheville or the Smokey Mountains as well. Also, the cost of living in Durham is great!

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
The triangle is definitely a culturally diverse region. Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill form three fairly liberal towns where major university programs are based. I’ve met people from all walks of life here, and have always felt comfortable living here.

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I decided to live fairly close, about a 15 minutes walk to the hospital for my first year. I had lived here during medical school when I spent a year in Durham, and quite liked the area, and figured it would make the initial transition of moving countries and beginning residency a bit smoother.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, reading a good book, getting a good run in, and trying something new in the kitchen, most recently baking.


Hussaini, SMQ, Madut, D, Tong, BC, Pavlisko, EN, Schell, WA, Perfect, JR, and Thielman, NM. "Pulmonary blastomycosis presenting as primary lung cancer." Bmc Infectious Diseases 18, no. 1 (July 18, 2018): 336-null.

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Elsamadicy, AA, Sergesketter, A, Ren, X, Mohammed Qasim Hussaini, S, Laarakker, A, Rahimpour, S, Ejikeme, T, Yang, S, Pagadala, P, Parente, B, Xie, J, and Lad, SP. "Drivers and Risk Factors of Unplanned 30-Day Readmission Following Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation." Neuromodulation : Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society 21, no. 1 (January 2018): 87-92.

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Han, JL, Murphy, KR, Hussaini, SMQ, Yang, S, Parente, B, Xie, J, Pagadala, P, and Lad, SP. "Explantation Rates and Healthcare Resource Utilization in Spinal Cord Stimulation." Neuromodulation : Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society 20, no. 4 (June 2017): 331-339.

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Elsamadicy, AA, Farber, SH, Yang, S, Hussaini, SMQ, Murphy, KR, Sergesketter, A, Suryadevara, CM, Pagadala, P, Parente, B, Xie, J, and Lad, SP. "Impact of Insurance Provider on Overall Costs in Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: A Cost Study of 122,827 Patients." Neuromodulation : Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society 20, no. 4 (June 2017): 354-360.

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Hussaini, SMQ, Murphy, KR, Han, JL, Elsamadicy, AA, Yang, S, Premji, A, Parente, B, Xie, J, Pagadala, P, and Lad, SP. "Specialty-Based Variations in Spinal Cord Stimulation Success Rates for Treatment of Chronic Pain." Neuromodulation : Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society 20, no. 4 (June 2017): 340-347.

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Yang, Z, Jun, H, Choi, C-I, Yoo, KH, Cho, CH, Hussaini, SMQ, Simmons, AJ, Kim, S, van Deursen, JM, Baker, DJ, and Jang, M-H. "Age-related decline in BubR1 impairs adult hippocampal neurogenesis." Aging Cell 16, no. 3 (June 2017): 598-601.

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Murphy, KR, Han, JL, Hussaini, SMQ, Yang, S, Parente, B, Xie, J, and Lad, SP. "The Volume-Outcome Effect: Impact on Trial-to-Permanent Conversion Rates in Spinal Cord Stimulation." Neuromodulation : Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society 20, no. 3 (April 2017): 256-262.

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Murphy, KR, Han, JL, Yang, S, Hussaini, SMQ, Elsamadicy, AA, Parente, B, Xie, J, Pagadala, P, and Lad, SP. "Prevalence of Specific Types of Pain Diagnoses in a Sample of United States Adults." Pain Physician 20, no. 2 (February 2017): E257-E268.


Choi, C-I, Yoo, K, Hussaini, S, Jeon, B, Welby, J, Gan, H, Scarisbrick, I, Zhang, Z, Baker, D, van Deursen, J, Rodriguez, M, and Jang, M-H. "The progeroid gene BubR1 regulates axon myelination and motor function." Aging 8, no. 11 (November 25, 2016): 2667-2688.

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Jun, H, Hussaini, SMQ, Cho, CH, Welby, J, and Jang, M-H. "Gadd45b Mediates Electroconvulsive Shock Induced Proliferation of Hippocampal Neural Stem Cells." Brain Stimulation 8, no. 6 (November 2015): 1021-1024.

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