Chelsea  Perfect
House Staff

Chelsea Perfect, MD

Durham, North Carolina

Education and Training

College/University:  Dartmouth College (undergrad), University of Oxford (grad)

Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Residency: Duke University

Honors, awards and distinctions:

  • Masters of Public Health (MPH) from UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health & Master of Studies (MSt) in Latin and Greek Languages and Literature from the University of Oxford
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Member
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Member
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health Member
  • Recipient of Duke University’s NIA CARiNG-StARR (Creating Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Researchers for the Next Generation – Stimulating Access to Research in Residency) R38 Award

What are your career goals?
I hope to have a career in academia that balances health services research and outpatient clinical responsibilities.

What were you looking for in a fellowship program?
I was looking for a program that balanced both clinical and research opportunities.

What are the strengths of the Duke Geriatric Fellowship program?
I think that the strength of the Duke Geriatric Fellowship program is the opportunity to really pursue your clinical or research interests.  There are a number of different clinical experiences during the fellowship that give you insight into the many varying settings and models of geriatric care. Additionally, the program is really receptive to adapting the schedule to fit individual interests. If you are interested in research, the department is also very encouraging about any research interests you may have. Whether it is joining an ongoing study or developing your own project – they will help you reach out to potential mentors and stakeholders.

Other hobbies, activities or scholarly info about yourself that you want to share?
In my free time, I enjoy eating out. Durham has a great restaurant and brewery scene and we love to try new places on the weekends. There’s also a lot of outdoor activities – including many public Durham parks and a nearby state park where we take our dog for walks. When it’s colder outside, I love watching reality TV while knitting/cross-stitching/embroidering.


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011 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Mailing address
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