Aman Kansal, MD

Start Year
2019

Basics

Hometown
Vienna, VA

Where did you attend college/university?
Duke University

Where did you attend medical school?
Duke University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Applied to Cardiology fellowship summer of 2021! I see my career focusing on three major areas: 1) practicing interventional cardiology; 2) mentoring junior faculty and residents; and 3) committing to research, specifically focusing on designing predictive models for acute and poorly understood conditions like cardiac decompensation and, importantly, integrating these models within the workflow.

"I wanted to train at a place that was very clinically rigorous and demanding while keeping a culture of camaraderie that extended beyond the hospital walls. I had been told these would be the toughest and most formative years of my career and I wanted to be around people I would always learn from and love to be with."

-Aman Kansal

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted to train at a place that was very clinically rigorous and demanding while keeping a culture of camaraderie that extended beyond the hospital walls. I had been told these would be the toughest and most formative years of my career and I wanted to be around people I would always learn from and love to be with. Duke completely fits the bill!

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
1) Duke trains physician leaders. Not only will this program make sure you are an extremely sound clinician, but it is also determined to help you discover and cultivate your "and". 2) The Duke Family is real. These are people who have your back and will go to bat for you well after your training is done. 3) Didactics are very well organized, consistent, and done. Noon conference daily, morning report on clinic weeks, intern report on the wards, grand rounds weekly.

What are your observations about the relationship between faculty and house staff?
The faculty here are amazing and a huge reason why it's been impossible for me to leave! There is a true energy and excitement around nurturing the next generation of physicians.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
Having been at Duke, this didn't come as a surprise but I always smile when I see how close the different  classes are. That culture absolutely starts from leadership and has been strong and consistent throughout residency.

Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
It's awesome to see how much the Triangle and Durham have transformed over the past few years. Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh all have their own distinct vibes and between the three you can find anything you're looking for from concert venues, to outdoor parks and trails, to an already diverse and rapidly growing restaurant and bar scene downtown!

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
With it's tremendous growth the past 5-10 years, the Triangle is attracting people of all professions, creating more cultural diversity as well. Also, Raleigh/Durham/CH are all close enough where it's feasible to live in or close to any of these places and experience the distinct personalities of each.

Where did you choose to live and why?
Super lucky to move in with my wife in downtown Durham! We live in Foster by the Park Apartments. The location is amazing and just a 10 minute drive from work too!

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
There are a ton of new properties popping up downtown! Definitely see where residents live, but don't be afraid to shop around. Traffic is really not an issue so don't worry about living 10 minutes or even 20-30 minutes away, say in Chapel Hill, Raleigh or Hillsborough.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
Soccer, basketball, fantasy football, experimenting in the kitchen with my better half, trying to catch up on some fiction reading!