Education and Training
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Virginia
MS - University of Virginia
Honors, awards and distinctions
- Chief Resident – 2018-2019 – University of Virginia
Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship.
I am originally from High Point, N.C., and grew up a Tar Heel fan (Go Heels!). I moved up to Philadelphia for undergrad at Penn. I worked for a few years after college in healthcare consulting and then came back to UNC Chapel Hill for medical school. After IM training, a master's degree in clinical research, and chief year at University of Virginia, I was excited to come back to N.C. for fellowship at Duke!
What are your career plans in cardiology?
I am being drawn towards advanced heart failure since my experiences consulting for medical device companies before medical school. I plan on specializing in advanced heart failure and pursuing a career in patient care and clinical research, focusing on clinical trial design and execution.
Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
Duke offered an incredible balance of high-volume, tertiary clinical care along with clear paths and opportunities for development of a research career. I felt at home with the fellows and faculty I met, who all seemed very down-to-earth (which has proved true). I also appreciated that Duke valued providing care for the local and state community as well patients who would travel from farther distances.
What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
Keep an open mind and trust your experiences with the program and fellows/faculty to guide you in which program will be the best fit for you. Along with that, ask lots of questions about education/career development in areas of your interest to make sure your goals will be well-supported.
From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
Training at Duke so far has been a very rewarding experience. It has certainly challenged me many days but I have always felt a ton of support for the fellows and faculty around me. The atmosphere is congenial and the people around you are motivated to help you succeed.
How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
We have absolutely loved being back in the Triangle. Durham is a really fun town with plenty of great food, downtown bars & event venues, and outdoor trails/parks. Chapel Hill and Raleigh are both very close by and offer a different vibe. Most weekends are spent enjoying the outdoors with my wife, young daughter, and dog.