Niraj Kothari, MD

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Where is your Hometown?

Overland Park, Kansas

Education and Training

College/University/Medical School
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Saint Louis University

Honors, awards and distinctions

  • AMA House of Delegates

What are your career goals?

I hope to combine my passion for patient care with my interest in healthcare management and economics.

What were you looking for in a fellowship program?

I wanted academic rigor, with nice people! I wished to be challenged every day, by faculty and by my colleagues, but with a friendly feel to the program. I looked for accomplished faculty, as well as a cohesive group of fellows with whom I could see myself socializing outside of work.

Which Scholar pathway did you choose and why?

With the support of program leadership, I’m creating my own! My second year will combine exposure to home-suitable dialysis with a crash course in business—I will be spending a few months “away” with industry during the year to learn about how a physician can provide a unique perspective in the management of a private corporation.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

The biggest strength of this program is the people. The faculty are very knowledgeable and willing to teach, and I am really privileged to be part of such a superb group of fellows.

What has surprised you most about Duke?

Coming from the Midwest to an “East Coast” program, I have been pleasantly surprised by how friendly everyone is here—whether a full professor or a first-year intern, I have found everyone to be approachable and very easy to work with! The flexibility offered as an upper level fellow is fantastic—the program leadership has been phenomenal in not just allowing me to create my own Scholar pathway, but also by providing me with the guidance and connections I needed to make my aspirations into reality.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and fellows?

Far more like a family than a business relationship—it’s easy to crack a joke with faculty and I have found all to be friendly and down-to-earth, despite the myriad accomplishments of all in the department.

What have you liked about living in Durham/RTP?

Coming from another medium-sized city, I have really enjoyed my time in Durham thus far. It’s nice to have the intimate feel of an up-and-coming town with the amenities one would expect from a “real city.”

What advice would you give about moving to Durham?

Explore! There are many different neighborhoods here, each with a unique personality. Take some time to discover the city before deciding where to live.

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