Kelly Arps, MD

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Education and Training

Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine

John Hopkins University

Career and Research Goals

I plan to pursue advanced training in electrophysiology and seek an academic position in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. My clinical and research interests focus on improving VT ablation strategies and optimizing management of ventricular arrhythmias in advanced heart failure and infiltrative cardiomyopathies. 

Honors, awards and distinctions

Fellow Teaching Award, selected by Duke Internal Medicine residents, 2020-2021
Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine Priya Pallagumi Memorial Award for leadership 2018-2019
Robert H Bartlett Award for Best Oral Abstract Presentation, Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Conference, September 2015
Alpha Omega Alpha     

Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship.
I grew up outside Atlanta, GA and was a biochemistry major at Clemson University. I completed medical school at Emory University and residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
It was clear to me that Duke offers the rare blend of high-quality clinical experience with a world-class research institution. I had broad interests within cardiology prior to starting fellowship, so it was important for me to choose an institution with strong training across every discipline in cardiology. I was also drawn to the way the Duke cardiology leadership supports fellows in shaping a year 3 and 4 training path that fits each fellow’s individual career interests.

What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
Envision how each program might help you get the job you want when you graduate - ask for a list of recent graduates along with their current job.
Pay attention to the numbers! The more procedures (transplants, TAVR, etc) that an institution performs, the more proportional exposure you will have as a fellow in caring for such patients.

From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
The leadership in the Duke cardiology fellowship program have developed the clinical training years to optimize on-the-ground experience and growth in clinical practice. I was quite pleased with the amount of procedural experience I gained, particularly in the CCU, echo suite, and cath lab. I have encountered a collaborative environment that empowers fellows to take a leadership role in patient care, working alongside cardiology faculty and surgeons to care for patients with incredible breadth of disease. Now that I have entered my research training, I have enjoyed collaboration with great mentors encompassing multiple subspecialties of cardiology and am excited about my future.

How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
I love living in downtown Durham. Exploring local restaurants, visiting the thriving Saturday Farmers’ Market, and running through my neighborhood and along local trails are among my favorite parts of daily life. When looking to get out of town, the mountains and the beach are each a two-to-three hour drive away.