Stephanie Garbarino, MD

Start Year


Grosse Pointe, MI

Where did you attend college/university?
University of Michigan

Where did you attend medical school?
Tufts University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I am interested in GI as a sub specialty. At this point I'm considering general GI versus advanced endoscopy.

What did you do the summer before internship?
Got married :)

Durham alone has more diversity within it than some of the major cities I have lived in.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a place where I left feeling like I had truly met a group of supportive, fun, and driven people who will work together to make my training a priority. I wanted a place that had a solid name and reputation, but was not afraid to constantly be changing and improving. I wanted a place that would challenge me and make me a confident doctor!

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Challenging, good balance between difficult rotations and valuing the importance of the outpatient experience. The residents and the program as a whole are open, responsive, and close friends!

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Always an open line of communication, faculty allow house staff space to make decisions but are always available as support, even for the "dumb questions". 

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The weather! The lack of traffic! The amazing food! The microbreweries! Honestly, the fact that you can travel fifteen minutes and be in a state park, two hours and you can be at a beach, and three hours to be in the mountains. And even if you don't want to leave, there is PLENTY to do in Durham. Sick of Durham? Take the 20 minute train/car ride to Raleigh. There is more BBQ and basketball fans than anyone knows what to do with, but ultimately Durham is a fantastic city with plenty of diversity and spunk.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
Durham alone has more diversity within it than some of the major cities I have lived in. There are all different types of people- from southerners with thick accents who talk about "Goodie powder", to the upper middle class, to the fairly hipster folks who hang out at the microbreweries downtown. 

Where did you choose to live, and why?
My husband and I chose to live in an apartment complex about a mile from the hospital surrounded with shops, a grocery store, and a few restaurants and bars. It's close enough that I walk to work, but far enough away that I don't live on top of the hospital. There is PLENTY to do just feet from my apartment (which is key when you are tired). 

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Play soccer (the residents have an intramural team), go on walks to catch Pokemon, check out the new restaurants popping up everywhere, and occasionally go for a run.