Janaka Lagoo, MD, MPH

Third Year

What are your career goals?

I would love to continue working clinically while also becoming a leader in health system strengthening both domestically and abroad.

What drew you to the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program?

The amazing residents, faculty, and strong commitment to community health. Everyone I’ve interacted with seems genuinely committed to making patients and communities healthier.

What strengths or skills do you have that could be of benefit to the community?

Clinical experience in international health and surgery, public health experiences both at the policy and field level, community organizing, leadership training, and implementation science background in patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.

What are you passionate about?

Global health, education, social justice, and environmental stewardship.

What are your hobbies?

Yoga, hiking, cooking, dance, travel, activism, painting, and tennis.

What did you want to be as a child?

It was a draw between astronaut and school teacher.

What has been the best part of living in the Durham/Triangle community?

I love the dynamic nature of Durham (from food to music to art) over the last few years, the ongoing growth of the town/gown relationship in Chapel Hill, and the access to so much amazing natural beauty.

Name something interesting few people know about you.

I really enjoy riding horses and would love to own a farm someday.

What has surprised you most about Duke?

How responsive it continues to be to meet the diverse needs of its students and faculty. The growth of global health and health innovation has also been particularly exciting.

Education and Training

Duke University School of Medicine (Medical Education-MD)

Harvard School of Public Health (Graduate-MPH)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Undergraduate)