Nicholas Koutlas, MD

Start Year
2018

Basics

Hometown
Greenville, NC

College/University
Wake Forest University

Medical School
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

What are your career goals?
Gastroenterology

What did you do the summer before internship?
Went on my honeymoon to Italy and Greece with my wife. Also went fly fishing for tarpon in the Florida Keys

Nothing particularly about the program has surprised me as I knew it was an amazing program ever since my interview day. What has surprised me is how much fun Durham can be. From great restaurants to cool breweries to awesome entertainment at DPAC, it really is a great city to live in.

Nicholas Koutlas

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was looking for a place that would push me to be the best physician that I could become and also a place where residents enjoyed hanging out together. There are a lot of great training programs so it was important for me to find a place that I would feel supported by my colleagues

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
The Duke Family. Easily the best part of the program. Also, the quality of training is phenomenal. At Duke, our attendings are world leaders in their fields. You cannot say that about every program

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
Very collegial. They are always available to answer questions and to provide backup should any of the house staff need it. They are also more than willing to serve as mentors and guide us on our career paths. 

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
My co-interns are truly amazing. Each one is different but they have all done awesome things and are incredibly talented. We started connecting even before orientation when people were first coming into Durham to look for housing

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
Nothing particularly about the program has surprised me as I knew it was an amazing program ever since my interview day. What has surprised me is how much fun Durham can be. From great restaurants to cool breweries to awesome entertainment at DPAC, it really is a great city to live in 

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
Great restaurants and cool breweries are definitely a plus. The Triangle has a little bit for everyone. If you like small towns Chapel Hill is nearby provides more of a college town feel. Raleigh is the bigger city with an NHL team and tons of things to do. Durham is an artsy smaller city that is really growing fast. Plus you are only about 2 hours from both the mountains and the famous beaches of NC

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
The Triangle has seen tremendous growth over the last decade. Duke, UNC, and RTP attract young professionals from all over the world which provides great diversity in the area. 

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
Hillsborough. We bought a house and wanted to live in a more quiet, laid back area and Hillsborough was the perfect place. It is only 15 minutes from the hospital and has a charming downtown with cool restaurants and shops

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
If you are looking to buy a home, do not think Durham is the only option. There are lots of cool places outside of Durham that are still close to the hospital

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I like to go out to eat with my wife and try out new food and beers. I also am a huge college football fan (Go Gators!) and enjoy golf and fishing

Parting thoughts? 
If you want an incredible training program that will embrace you like family, Duke is the right program for you!