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Fellow Year: 2023-2024                                                                                               

Residency: Family Medicine, The Ohio State University  

Amara was born in Enugu, Nigeria then spent many of her formative years in Columbus, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

Her interest in community health and health education led her to pursue graduate studies in public health, earning her MPH from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. After graduate school Amara worked at the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. She obtained her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, as the first cohort in the 3-year Primary Care Track Program. She is happily married to her best friend and husband Scott and together they have a succulent plant.

Amara has a strong interest in health disparities research and minority health, specifically end of life care for patient’s from underserved communities. She is also interested in health education and health policy, influenced by her prior professional work in public health. She hopes to combine her public health and medical training in hospice and palliative care to serve as an advocate and leader in the field.

Her interest in Duke was influenced by the work, both research and clinical, done by physicians at Duke Palliative care. Also Training at Duke University is an opportunity to work at a tertiary medical center as a member of an interdisciplinary team, with strong inpatient, outpatient and hospice training. Amara also highlights living in the Triangle are as a point of interest, having cities like Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill in such close proximity. For her, the friendliness of the people is the best part of moving to the area.

Outside of work, Amara is an avid reader with Toni Morrison being her favorite author. Her other interests include baking and traveling. She is most excited about discovering the best restaurants and thrift stores in the area. 

Amara is excited for the fellowship year and building skills in palliative and hospice medicine. She is most excited about delving into symptom management and learning from and with all members of the interdisciplinary team over the next year.   

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