Sara Coles, MD

Start Year
2021

Education and Training

College/University
Azusa Pacific University 

Medical School
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Residency
Duke University

Honors, Awards and Distinctions

Duke Appleseed Teaching Award
Ruth Ann Greenfield Award in Cardiology
Department of Medicine Faculty-Resident Research Grant

Career and Research Goals

Clinical Electrophysiology with translational research studying genetics of arrhythmias and arrhythmia management

Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship.

I worked as an athletic trainer in sports medicine for five years prior to matriculating to medical school. During medical school I became interested in cardiology, particularly in the study and management of arrhythmias in young and active individuals, including inherited channelopathies. I spent 3 years doing basic science research evaluating on novel arrhythmia mechanisms in animal and cell models. While in residency at Duke I transitioned my research focus to translational genomics of cardiac disease and have continued this into my cardiovascular disease fellowship at Duke as well.

What are your career plans in cardiology?
Clinical Electrophysiology with translational research studying genetics of arrhythmias and arrhythmia management

Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
I greatly enjoyed the people I worked with within the cardiology department as a resident at Duke. Additionally, the combination of rigorous clinical training and expansive access to translational research mentors, resources, and data is unsurpassed.

What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
Be true to what your career goals are, and focus on those programs that will best facilitate you achieving those.

From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
That I have been surrounded by the most amazing co-fellows and faculty in the department who are truly dedicated to my success.

How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
I have really enjoyed living in the Triangle area! My husband and I are very involved in our church community and have made many close friends there and in our work places as well. We enjoy trying new restaurants, being outdoors, driving to the beach, and hanging with our friends!