Education and Training
Berklee College of Music
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Honors, awards and distinctions
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
- Golden Stethoscope Award; Joseph Collins Foundation Award
Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship?
I've taken a circuitous path to fellowship that started as an undergraduate studying jazz composition at Berklee College of Music. I worked in industry and clinical research for several years before completing my MD at University of Rochester School of Medicine and my residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Along the way I have been active in clinical research regarding carotid artery disease, bleeding/hemostasis, cardiogenic shock, and cardiac critical care.
What are your career plans in cardiology?
I would like to have an active clinical practice treating patients with advanced heart failure in both the cardiac intensive care setting as well as ambulatory advanced heart failure patients. My goal is to do this in an academic setting where I can continue to engage in multi-center clinical research.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke cardiology fellowship offers an exceptional balance between service and learning as well as access to world class leadership in cardiovascular research.
Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
The cardiology fellowship training program at Duke offers an ideal balance of clinical and research training that can be tailored to fit any individual's career goals. The balance of service to learning at Duke provides for an exceptional, hands-on educational experience in a high volume center. The research opportunities and resources are world class and provide a very unique training experiences for fellows.
What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
Choose a program at a high volume center that offers a broad clinical experience across all of the subspecialties of cardiology. You might be surprised about new clinical and research interests that you develop during your clinical years.
From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
Fellow education and experience at Duke is highly prioritized. The culture here is one of great collaboration and strong mentorship.
How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
The Raleigh/Durham area is a fantastic place to live, particularly for those with families. I enjoy spending time with my wife and our three daughters outside with our dog, visiting the museum of life and science, and enjoying the many unique area restaurants. We've had a chance to make several trips to the beach, too!