Nandini Kumar, MD

Third Year, Population Health Chief

What are your career goals?

To be an excellent outpatient family medicine clinician, to advance public health in partnership with the community, and to work with public policymakers to strengthen our primary care and preventive health system.

What drew you to the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program?

The program’s emphasis on population health, the diversity of the community and patient population, and the opportunity to train at community-based clinics in addition to the Duke Family Medicine Center.

What makes Duke Family Medicine special?

The community of residents who are committed to social justice and advocacy in primary care.

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

An understanding of the health care system and public policy, experience working in diverse community health settings, research experience, Spanish-language skills, and experience with social justice organizing and advocacy.

What are you passionate about?

Primary care, community and public health, nutrition and integrative medicine, mental health, quality improvement, social justice.

What are your hobbies?

Cooking, reading, running, hiking, yoga, singing, playing and listening to music.

What did you want to be as a child?

Astronaut.

Name something interesting few people know about you.

I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in college.

Education and Training

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, NC (Medical Education-MD)

Duke University, NC (Undergrad)