Education and Training
University of Oregon
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Career and research goals
I am a physician-scientist with a passion for developing novel, tissue-engineered models of cardiovascular disease. As part of the Duke Clinician Investigator Pathway (CIP), I have spent the past three years becoming an expert in cardiac tissue engineering as a postdoc in the lab of Nenad Bursac in the Duke Department of Biomedical Engineering. Over the next two years of clinical cardiology fellowship I will foster unique, patient-centered questions to deploy in the lab. Upon completion of fellowship in 2021, I will seek to establish my own lab with the goal to become a fully-funded, independent investigator at a major academic medical research center. I hope to be a leader in cardiac tissue engineering developing new tools for discovery biology and cardiac disease modeling.
Honors, awards and distinctions
- NIH Loan Repayment Program (NHLBI): 2018-2020
- NIH T32 in Cardiovascular Diseases: 2016-2019
- Duke OPSD Technician Support Award: 2019
- John J Pohanka Family Foundation Award: 2016
- Lefkowitz Society Inductee: 2014
- Alpha Omega Alpha: 2014
- Eagle Scout: 1997
About the Duke program
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke is an amazing place for multiple reasons. First and foremost, Duke is among a handful of world class academic medical research institutions that are located in a region with enormous quality of life. Living here is easy and enjoyable. Duke Cardiology is one of the principal divisions driving the academic mission whether your pursuit is founded by clinical or basic research questions. The ability to rapidly deploy patient-centered ideas in a highly collaborative environment is outstanding. If you come for the research, your bonus will be the tremendous clinical training provided in a high-volume, quaternary hospital system. Duke was, and still is, my #1 choice for cardiology fellowship.
I am husband to Summer and father of two beautiful daughters, Parker Rose and Pepper (dog). My wife and I love the Triangle with its vast outdoor, cultural and social opportunities. Summer coaches girls lacrosse with Cary Academy HS and the Carolina Fever club team. I love to hike, paddleboard and surf...the OBX is fantastic!