Michael Nanna, MD

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Education and Training

Medical School
State University of NY at Stony Brook

Yale University

Fellow Perspective

Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship?
I grew up in and around New York and did my residency/chief residency at Yale. I was involved in clinical research as a resident but had no dedicated research training prior to fellowship.

What are your career plans in cardiology?
I plan to pursue a career in academic cardiology as an interventional cardiologist while conducting clinical research in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease.

Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
I thought it provided, hands down, the most well-rounded training of any program in the country. I did not find any other program that combined both intense clinical and procedural training with superior training in research. That’s exactly what you get when you train at Duke. 

What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
Keep an open mind. I had no reason to move down South before interviewing at Duke, but I came away from my interview without any doubt that this was the best program. Make sure to talk to graduates from your residency program for guidance.

From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
Duke is a place of unlimited opportunities. If you’re willing to work hard here, there is nothing you can’t accomplish as a fellow. Also, the rec softball team (“Number Needed to Harm”) is the unquestioned heart and soul of the division.

How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
Fantastic. The Triangle is such a unique and vibrant place to live. My fiancé and I are “Yankees” so we had our reservations before moving here but now I can’t imagine leaving. Perfect weather, great restaurants, amazing sports, beach & mountains close by, what’s not to love?


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