Mary Katherine Charles, MD

Medical Instructor in the Department of Medicine


Worthington, OH

Where did you attend college/university?
Northwestern University

Where did you attend medical school?
Vanderbilt University

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution?
MSPH, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

What are your career goals?

What did you do the summer before internship?
Backpacked in Spain and Portugal

The program is very receptive to feedback, striving to create the best learning experience possible.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for rigorous training with smart, down-to-earth residents and faculty.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The people, from program leadership to interns, are all excellent. The program is very receptive to feedback, striving to create the best learning experience possible. And the 4+2 system is a bonus. 

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
It's easy to live in Durham; there's no traffic, lots of good restaurants, and it's an easy drive to the beach or mountains. 

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love outdoor activities. I'm learning to sail at Jordan Lake. It's also an easy drive to Asheville to hike. 

Education and Training

  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Duke University, 2016 - 2019
  • M.D., Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, 2016


Charles, M Katherine, Mary Lou Lindegren, C William Wester, Meridith Blevins, Timothy R. Sterling, Nguyen Thi Dung, Jean Claude Dusingize, et al. “Implementation of Tuberculosis Intensive Case Finding, Isoniazid Preventive Therapy, and Infection Control ("Three I's") and HIV-Tuberculosis Service Integration in Lower Income Countries.” Plos One 11, no. 4 (2016): e0153243.

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Surkan, Pamela J., Mary Katherine Charles, Joanne Katz, Emily H. Siegel, Subarna K. Khatry, Steven C. LeClerq, Rebecca J. Stoltzfus, and James M. Tielsch. “The role of zinc and iron-folic acid supplementation on early child temperament and eating behaviors in rural Nepal: a randomized controlled trial.” Plos One 10, no. 3 (2015): e0114266.

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