Landon Brown, MD

Start Year
2015

Basics

Hometown
Asheville, NC

Where did you attend college/university?
Dartmouth College

Where did you attend medical school?
UNC-Chapel Hill

What are your career goals?
Undecided

The people are absolutely the best part about our program. The faculty are incredibly supportive and interested in collaborating and helping the residents. Dr. Zaas sets the tone for a program that produces outstanding clinicians who like to have fun together in and outside of the hospital. My co-residents at every level continue to impress me every day not just with their skills and intelligence, but also with how awesome they are.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted a program that, first and foremost, focused on producing strong clinicians. I also wanted a program that had ample faculty and mentor support for both research projects and career advising. Lastly, I wanted a program that had people who knew how to have fun and not take themselves too seriously.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The people are absolutely the best part about our program. The faculty are incredibly supportive and interested in collaborating and helping the residents. Dr. Zaas sets the tone for a program that produces outstanding clinicians who like to have fun together in and outside of the hospital. My co-residents at every level continue to impress me every day not just with their skills and intelligence, but also with how awesome they are.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
At Duke we are lucky to have the whole spectrum of faculty members, from world class researchers who can help mentor a project to the classic clinician-educator who is always ready to share a new bedside pearl. When I came to Duke, I was amazed by how supportive and accessible these faculty were. They wanted to go out of their way to connect with residents both on the wards and off. Many of our faculty members trained at Duke themselves and are especially interested in helping us develop as physicians.

What research opportunities have you had during residency?
I am currently working on a research project investigating acid-base physiology in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Describe the mentorship that's been available to you during residency.
We have amazing mentors at Duke. Starting with the program leadership, I felt very supported from the very beginning of residency and encouraged to pursue any and all of my interests. One of my interests is in nephrology, and I was very quickly connected with an amazing mentor in the department who has helped both guide me through the beginnings of a research project as well as career planning.

What is a funny or memorable experience from your time at Duke?
Going out to dinner with my gen med team courtesy of our attending, Dr. Zaas. 

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I have lived in the Triangle for 6+ years and love everything about this area. It is great how close we are to both the mountains and the beach for a weekend trip. Our restaurant/bar scene is incredible between Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh; we have so many good places to explore. I also love the area because living here is just easy: traffic is minimal, costs are low, and people are nice.

Where did you choose to live, and why?
My wife and I bought a house in south Durham in a neighborhood called Hope Valley Farms. It is an easy commute and never has any traffic.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Homebrewing, hiking/getting outside, and rooting for the Tar Heels (sorry Duke).