Where are you from?
Education and Training
- College/University- Mercer University
- Medical School- Mercer University
- Residency- New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical College
Honors, awards and distinctions
- Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
- Assistant Chief Resident- 2015
- Joseph G. Hayes Senior Resident Teaching Award- 2015
What are your career goals?
My goal is to become a physician-scientist with clinical and research interests in pulmonary hypertension and congestive heart failure in patients with kidney disease. I am also interested in medical education and health policy.
What were you looking for in a fellowship program?
The most important criteria for me were flexibility, strong clinical training, and research opportunities.
Which Scholar pathway did you choose and why?
I chose the Clinical Investigator Pathway. I am currently a clinical research fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute with Dr. Myles Wolf as my research mentor. The DCRI has incredible research support, conferences/lectures specific for fellows, and opportunities to pursue a master’s degree tailored to your career goals. I plan to start work towards a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research. In addition, I was selected as the American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network post-doctoral fellow for Duke with focus on heart failure and diabetes with Drs. Michael Felker, Adrian Hernandez, Svati Shah, and Joe Rogers serving a mentors.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The faculty and my co-fellows. The program leadership are forward-thinking and incredibly responsive to feedback with improvements often made in real time. The faculty are supportive and invested in my education and development. My co-fellows not only push me to be a better nephrologist, but also are equally fun to be around whether in the hospital or at happy hour.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
The collaborative nature amongst the different specialties. As a first-year fellow, I enjoyed working with fellows and residents from other specialties while taking care of mutual patients. As a research fellow, it’s amazing to see fellows from diverse fields sharing and collaborating on research projects.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and fellows?
The faculty are fully invested in my education and development as a nephrologist. I am truly treated as a colleague.
What have you liked about living in Durham/RTP?
Durham Bulls! The triangle in general has been a great place to live for the past year but Durham specifically has exploded into a destination for foodies, art/culture enthusiasts, and sports fans. I am always comfortable and constantly exploring new things.
What advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Explore all areas of Durham. I live in the Southpoint area which has an incredible shopping mall and suburban feel. The downtown area is amazing. Many great places to live are within walking distance to Duke but even if you have to drive, traffic is not bad at all.