David Elliott, MD

Start Year


Cooper City, FL

University of South Carolina

Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution? 
PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Immunology), University of South Carolina School of Medicine

What are your career goals? 
I would like to continue my career as an physician-scientist. Ideally, I would like to perform basic/translational cardiology research.

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I spent the summer before internship hanging out with my wife and our new son (Wyatt).

The residency program goes above and beyond to connect residents with faculty members that share similar interests.

David Elliott

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I wanted a residency program where I felt like my clinical training would be excellent and my research career supported. Since starting at Duke as a medical student and now continuing as a resident I've found faculty members that are invested in my future success. The residency program goes above and beyond to connect residents with faculty members that share similar interests.

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
Duke does an incredible job of selecting residents. Each of us has a unique perspective that we bring to patient care and it is really a privilege to work and learn from each other. The research at Duke is phenomenal and continues to be among the top in the nation, whether it is basic or clinical.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty at Duke do an amazing job finding the balance between providing residents with autonomy and creating a safe environment to learn and grow. Faculty members are also active advocates for their residents, helping us to pursue our goals.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
The co-interns are amazing. We have all hit it off from the start, and everyone participates in the Duke Family ethos.

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
I continue to be surprised by the multitude of opportunities at Duke. There are many ways to get involved in whatever interests you.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
Hands down, it has to be the food. Durham has some incredible restaurants, a great food truck scene, and tons of variety.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
Even after living in Durham for ~4 years I still get surprised by what it has to offer.

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
We chose to live in the Woodcroft neighborhood (South Durham); it has tons of wooded walkways and access to American Tobacco Trail (large running/biking loop). It is close to the Southpoint Mall. It right the mix of each of the cities (Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh). 

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
Durham is great for new families! The day care costs are significantly cheaper than other cities and most locations have a Duke employee discount. There are lots of local parks, excellent museums, and plenty of family friendly events.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
Watching and playing soccer. Building and refurbishing furniture.