Joseph Nellis, MD, MBA
Clinical and Research Interests
- Volume-outcomes relationship in congenital cardiac surgery
- Quality improvement
- Downstream financial implications within healthcare
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a residency program that felt right. I was looking for a place where the training was second to none, the people were genuine and hard working, and life was easy outside of the hospital.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
First and foremost, it's the people. The faculty and residents at Duke are genuine, high-achieving individuals, who are committed to improving every day. From a research standpoint, I am not sure you will find better support anywhere else in the country. Duke guarantees your salary and provides you with two years of protected time to establish yourself as a surgeon-scientist. Your mentors shape and support your ideas, but the ideas are ultimately yours. Lastly, the program works. Duke has a reputation for producing leaders within surgery, regardless of the subspecialty you are interested in.
What advice do you have for incoming interns?
- Get some rest
- Make learning a part of your everyday
- Stay humble
What do you like best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Living in the Triangle is easy. I can leave the hospital after a long day, tired and beaten up, and stopping at the store or simply getting home is not difficult. There aren't traffic jams I need to avoid or public transportation that I need to coordinate. The everyday errands in the Triangle are stress free.
What do you like to do outside of Duke?
Outside of Duke, I enjoy trail running in or around Durham. When I find more time, I also enjoy cycling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and cooking with friends.