Jessica
Regan
Jessica  Regan
Fellow
Medical Instructor in the Department of Medicine

Education and Training

College/University
University of Arizona

Honors & Awards
Duke University Hospital Chief Resident, 2021-2022

Fellow Perspective

Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship?
I grew up in a small town in Arizona before attending the University of Arizona where I majored in Physiology. I fell in love with cardiac physiology studying hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in a basic science lab in undergrad. I spent a year doing translational research in HCM in Amsterdam, the Netherlands before attending medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University. I came to Duke for Internal Medicine Residency where I completed the NIH-funded Sci-STARR R38 Research Pathway before completing a chief residency year.

What are your career plans in cardiology?
I plan to pursue a career as a translational physician-scientist focused on Clonal Hematpoiesis of Indeterminate Potential (CHIP) and other novel biomarkers for cardiovascular risk prediction. I envision my clinical practice to be focused in Prevention and General Cardiology.

Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
Duke Cardiology offers rigorous clinical training with opportunities to learn from clinical faculty who are truly experts in their field. This is coupled with an environment of outstanding mentorship and scientific opportunities.

What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
I think the most important thing in choosing a fellowship is to think about the specific clinical skills and academic mentorship opportunities you're looking for the next step in your career. Each fellowship program will offer a unique structure for how you acquire core principles and procedural competencies for general cardiology, but selecting the program that will be the best fit for your future career goals will likely offer you the most rewarding fellowship experience.

What do you enjoy doing in the Triangle area outside of work?
I love living in the Triangle! You'll hear many times that we're 2 hours from the beach and 3 hours to the mountains, but Durham itself also has a ton to offer including local hiking and amazing bars and restaurants. We enjoy hiking in Duke Forest or along the Eno River, eating at Rose's Noodles and Dumplings or hanging out at some of our favorite breweries like Ponysaurus and Durty Bull.

Medical Instructor in the Department of Medicine