David Bader, MD, PhD

Start Year
2020

Basics

Hometown
Fargo, ND

Where did you attend university/college?
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Where did you attend medical school?
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

If applicable, what other degrees do you hold and from what institutions?
Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

What are your career goals?
I am pursuing a career as a physician scientist-oncologist with the overarching goal of improving outcomes for people with cancer through compassionate care and the advancement of basic, translational, and clinical research.

Reflections on the  Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
Strong clinical training with world class basic, clinical, and translational research opportunities.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Exceptional faculty, fellows, and residents that are highly supportive of one another. World-class clinical facilities with an impressive breadth and depth of specialist support.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty are very approachable and provide a low-stress, collegial work environment that is highly conducive to learning.

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
The intern class at Duke is wonderfully diverse, exceptionally accomplished, and overwhelmingly friendly. I am delighted to be associated with such a special group of people.

About Duke and Durham

What has surprised you most about Duke?
The beautiful campus!

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The forests and rolling hills - I regularly see deer and a lot of other wildlife - it's a great place to be outside and it is very easy to find a peaceful place to unwind.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The biomedical and clinical facilities in the Research Triangle have attracted a highly diverse and extraordinarily well educated population.

Where did you choose to live and why?
I live on the edge of Chapel Hill / Durham because my significant other is a resident at UNC.

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
A car is probably required, but the commute is very manageable.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy hiking, jogging, biking, reading, traveling, and occasional mountain climbing.