John David Ike, MD

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Spartanburg, SC

Where did you attend college/university? 
Davidson College

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

What are your career goals? 
It is my hope to pursue a diverse career in academic medicine. My interests lie in clinical cardiology and exploring the intersection of the arts and health at an individual and population level.

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I romped through the streets and museums of London before heading north to Scotland for a road trip through the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. It was the perfect mix of big city culture and backwoods adventure.

The house staff, attendings, program leadership, and administration are incredible individuals who make the experience rich and rewarding. I also can’t say enough about the patient population - it’s so diverse. 

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was looking for an academically rigorous program with a high case volume, a diverse patient population, and an affiliation with a major university. I also wanted to live in a city that offered easy living and ample opportunity to spend time outdoors. Duke and Durham offered all of these things.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke is an inspirational place. I would say its greatest strengths are its people. The house staff, attendings, program leadership, and administration are incredible individuals who make the experience rich and rewarding. I find it remarkable that noon conferences and intern/resident reports are frequently led by department chairs and leaders in the field. I also can’t say enough about the patient population - it’s so diverse. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
I would say it is friendly and professional. The faculty treat you like colleagues and foster incredible professional and personal growth through providing an appropriate amount of autonomy.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
My co-interns are incredible! It took little to no time at all to connect. Each time we are together, I am continually amazed by their intelligence, diversity, and kindness. They make me strive to be better each day. 

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
The case mix and pathology has been unbelievable. You will see it ALL here. 

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
I can’t say enough great things about Durham and the Triangle. Coming from Atlanta, I was a bit worried I’d find Durham too small for my taste. That was not at all the case. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and places to get outside. Moreover, Raleigh is just a short twenty five minutes away if you need to escape to a more urban area.

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I chose to live in a ground floor apartment in someone's home in the Ninth Street neighborhood. I absolutely love living here. I am a five minute walk from the grocery store, bars, shops, incredible dining, and a good portion of my intern class. Moreover, I am a five minute drive to downtown and a seven minute drive to Duke Hospital. Everything is so close and accessible.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
I would say give Durham a chance. It’s a small city that has big things to offer. The city is exploding right now and it’s fun to watch the influx of talented young people and small businesses to the area.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I enjoy running, hiking (there are quite a few trails and hikes within a 15-20 minute drive), visiting art museums, and lounging on a patio when the weather is right (which is most of the time!).


Ike, JD, Parker, RP, and Logan, RA. "Health Literary and the Arts: Exploring the Intersection." In Health Literacy: New Directions in Research, Theory and Practice,edited by RA Logan and ER Seigel, 81-95. iOS Press, October 2, 2017. (Chapter)

Full Text

Ike, JD, and Ruth, RM. "Health Literacy and the Arts: An Intersection Worth Exploring." (July 17, 2017).


Ike, JD. "Hospitality and Art in Medicine: A Response to Sarah Candler, MD’s “Medical Map-Making”." (August 29, 2016).