Alex  Gunn
Junior Assistant Resident
House Staff


Davidson, NC

Northwestern University

Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine

Advanced Degrees
M.S. Biomedical Sciences, Duke University

What are your career goals?
Cardiology & Health Policy. My research interests include using data and policy to advance affordable, high quality healthcare for everyone, while promoting what the outcomes that patients value most.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
Diverse training sites, faculty & co-residents invested in the program, and opportunities for mentorship, research, and growth.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
The people. Having done medical school at Duke, it was difficult to seriously consider another program because of how great the culture & people are here.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty are very focused on house staff development, taking time to teach and encourage growth. Very collegial environment.

Tell us about your co-residents. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
The shared experience of residency quickly facilitates close friendships. Additionally, we spend time doing things we love outside the hospital, including: basketball, cycling, running, and other outdoors activities.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
I had high expectations coming in, but I have been blown away at how truly amazing my co-residents are.

About Life in Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The intersection of fun, interesting things to do and convenience. Everything you need is within 10 minutes or so.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
As someone who took the long road to medical school, one thing that is really great about the Triangle is that it is very family friendly.

Where did you choose to live and why?
Initially, I chose to live in an older apartment in Trinity Park, which is right next to Duke's East campus. Even though we loved the neighborhood, my wife & I bought a house during intern year in Lakewood

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
Try looking at some of the smaller rental agencies--there are some great, affordable apartments out there.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
Basketball, cycling, spending time with my wife & dog, and pretty much anything outdoors.

House Staff