Education and Training
University of Texas-Houston
Career and Research Goals
Interventional Cardiology and Structural Heart Disease.
Clinical Research in minimally invasive valve replacement, coronary CT, and medical education
Honors, awards and distinctions
- Duke Chief Resident 2016-2017
- Robert Califf Resident Research Award
- Appleseed award for medical student education
- Vanderbilt Cross-Country 2004-2008
Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship.
I grew up in Texas and went to Vanderbilt for undergrad and UT-Houston for medical school. I’ve been at Duke for the past 7 years as a resident, chief resident, and now fellow. I grew up with a love for running track and cross-country and this interest in cardiac physiology is what lead me to medicine and cardiology.
What are your career plans in cardiology?
I am pursuing fellowship in interventional cardiology and structural heart disease with a focus on imaging to improve pre-procedural planning and risk stratification in chest pain.
Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
As a resident at Duke I was impressed by the cardiology faculty's dedication to both teaching and mentorship. After visiting several cardiology programs, I was convinced that Duke had the best balance of clinical and research excellence in the country.
What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
Determine where you think you want your career to go and decide whether the individual program is a good fit to achieve those goals. It’s useful to see where recent graduates have left for jobs and if this fits with your career plans.
From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
Duke’s faculty are dedicated to giving you the resources you need to achieve your ultimate career goals and will bend over backwards to help you accomplish your goals. The clinical and research opportunities are unparalleled and Duke’s connections around the country are excellent. As I move closer to getting a job I’ve been surprised to see former Duke fellows in leadership positions around the country in both academic centers and private practices. Despite the history of Duke fellowship the program leadership are humble and continue to improve the fellowship to meet the needs of every fellow.
How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
I live in Hillsborough about 10-15 minutes from the hospital and spend most my time outside of work running, hiking, or trying new restaurants in Durham with my wife. Durham has grown substantially in the past 5 years, and I enjoy spending my time at local breweries/restaurants. There are great hiking locations in Hillsborough, Durham, and Raleigh, and I love to spend time running in Duke Forest and on the Eno River.