John  Demis
Junior Assistant Resident
House Staff


Houston, TX

University of Texas at Austin

Medical School
University of Texas San Antonio

What are your career goals?
I plan on pursuing a career in nephrology.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for strong clinical experiences balanced by compassionate leadership and colleagues.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Duke IM is a resident-driven program that has limitless professional opportunities.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Both groups tend to wear flashy socks and are seen just chatting in the hallway. In more concrete terms: There is a high-spirited relationship amongst our teams.

Tell us about your co-residents. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
Nothing boosts camaraderie like 15 minutes of stabilizing an acutely ill patient with your co-intern. Outside that time everyone is very friendly.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
The depth of professionalism and collegiality amongst all residents is endless.

About Life in Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I have a wife and two kids - such a family friendly town and program.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
Being affiliated with a large university attracts all kinds of people.

Where did you choose to live and why?
Our family is renting a house about 5 minutes away. It’s actually quicker to bike than it is to dive!

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
The housing market is a bit too crazy to buy right now and homeownership comes with some headaches, don’t be afraid to rent!


House Staff