Anubha Agarwal, MD

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Chapel Hill, N.C.

Where did you attend college/university?
Columbia University

What did you do, or where did you go, next?
I spent the year after college working for the UN Millennium Village Project in Sub-Saharan Africa, splitting my year between Nigeria and Uganda. I worked on building the community health worker program at both sites, riding motorcycles through stunning rural terrain and learning how to cook Joloff rice on a camping stove.

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

What are your career goals?
Academic Global Health - Cardiology

What did you do the summer before internship?
I spent a year prior to the start of residency doing global cardiology research in Eldoret, Kenya, as a Doris Duke fellow. After departing Kenya, I spent a month exploring Laos, Burma, and Thailand prior to the start of internship.

Duke will challenge and support you to become the best doctor you can be.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a residency program that was academically rigorous and challenging against the backdrop of a supportive environment, preparing me to work anywhere in the world. Additionally, I was looking for a program with a strong global health institute and mentorship.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The people here are phenomenal. I am constantly amazed by the people I get to work with every day from my fellow residents to fellows to faculty. Duke will challenge and support you to become the best doctor you can be.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
My co-interns are some of my favorite people I have ever met and constantly blow me away by how brilliant they are! My fellow interns have brought me lunch on their day off while I was on call at the VA and randomly dropped off coffee + chocolate in my workroom when I'm on a hard rotation. There is a strong sense of camaraderie and we all support each other through those long days and nights of intern year.

What is something interesting/surprising about you?
I was never really an outdoors person until I climbed the Annapurna circuit in the Nepali Himalayas during medical school. Now I can't get enough mountains in my life.

About Duke University and Durham

Where did you choose to live, and why?
I live in Downtown Durham in an old tobacco warehouse that has been converted into loft apartments. After living in New York City and San Francisco Bay Area, I wanted to live in an urban environment where great coffee shops, restaurants and bars are all a short walk away.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love to go hiking, read fiction and write. I also have a mild obsession with food blogs and farmer's markets and can usually be consistently found at the downtown Durham Saturday morning farmers market (specifically the local cheese station).

Before you go

Parting thoughts?
Choose a training program that will support you in becoming the doctor you want to be! The thing that sets apart the top residency programs from each other are the people so find a program that fits who you are and who you want to become.


Agarwal, A, Kirwa, K, Eliot, MN, Alenezi, F, Menya, D, Mitter, SS, Velazquez, EJ, Vedanthan, R, Wellenius, GA, and Bloomfield, GS. "Household Air Pollution Is Associated with Altered Cardiac Function among Women in Kenya." American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 197, no. 7 (April 2018): 958-961.

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