Alexander Suarez, MD

Alexander Suarez


Duke AHEAD Program, 2021
Harvard Macy Institute, Program for Post Graduate Trainees: Future Academic Clinician-Educators, 2020
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, MD, 2018

Healthcare, Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (H-MET) Certificate, 2018

Rice University, BS, Bioengineering, 2014

Honors & Awards

  • Gold Star Recipient for Outstanding Patient Care, 2019 

  • Oold Star Recipient for Outstanding Patient Care, 2019

  • Clinical Excellence Award- Duke Department of Neurosurgery, 2021 

  • Member, Duke Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic  Development (AHEAD), 2022

  • Fellow, Duke Medical Education Leadership Track (MELT) Program, 2022

  • USC Innovations in Medical Education Maurice Hitchcock Outstanding Poster Award, 2022 

  • Academic Scholarship Award- Duke Department of Neurosurgery, 2022    

  • Resident Teacher Award- Duke Department of Neurosurgery, 2022   

  • Best Abstract in Medical Education and Training – CNS, 2022 

  • Top Three Poster in Medical Education and Training – CNS, 2023 

Research Interests

Innovation, surgical education


Soccer, watching TED talks, reading nonfiction


Haglund, M. M., Cutler, A. B., Suarez, A., Dharmapurikar, R., Lad, S. P., & McDaniel, K. E. (2021). The Surgical Autonomy Program: A Pilot Study of Social Learning Theory Applied to Competency-Based Neurosurgical Education. Neurosurgery, 88(4), E345-E350. 

Suarez AD, Taicher B, Fuchs H, Marcus J, Vestal M, Homi M, Allori A, Thompson EM. Predictors of Blood Transfusion for Endoscopic Assisted Craniosynostosis Surgery. The Journal of craniofacial surgery. 2021 Dec 17. 

Kirsch, E. Suarez A. McDaniel K. Dharmapurikar R, Dunn T, Lad S, Haglund M. Construct Validity of the Surgical Autonomy Program for the Training of Neurosurgical Residents. Neurosurgical Focus. August 2022.  

Mendoza, Aden. Srnivasan E. Suarez A. Fecci P.  Laser Ablation of a Sphenoid Wing Meningioma: Case Report and Review Surgical Neurology International. April 2023. 

Venkatraman, V. Suarez, A. Kirsch, E. Heo,, H.  Wu, K.  McDaniel K. Yang L. Jung S., Dharmapurikar, R. Lad,  S. Haglund, M. Quantifying the Opportunity Cost of Neurosurgical Resident Education. Accepted to World Neurosurgery. April 2023. 

Abdelgadir J, Haskell-Mendoza AP, Magno AR, Suarez AD, Antwi P, Raghavan A, Nelson P, Yang LZ, Jung SH, Zomorodi AR. Revisiting flow augmentation bypass for cerebrovascular atherosclerotic vaso-occlusive disease: Single-surgeon series and review of the literature. Plos one. 2023 May 19;18(5):e0285982. 

Suarez A. McDaniel, K. Haglund MM. Improving Procedural Learning: Applying the Surgical Autonomy Program. Innovations in Medical Education Online Conference at Keck SOM USC. Workshop 2023.

Suarez, A., Haglund, M. M., Selden, N. R., & Selman, W. (2022). Neurosurgical Educators. Neurosurgery, 10-1227. 

Hoang, K. Suarez, A.  Congress of Neurological Surgeons Journal Club Podcast. Onyx versus Particles for Middle Meningeal Artery Embolization in Chronic Subdural Hematoma. May 2023.  Invited Lecturers: Pascal Jabbour, Philipp Taussky.  

Suarez, A. Hoang, KCongress of Neurological Surgeons Journal Club Podcast.. A direct comparison of Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) and Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces (RPNI) to prevent neuroma pain. November 2023.  Invited Lecturers: TJ Wilson, Christine Webber, Jenna-Lynn Senger.