Graduation 2021

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Summer 2021 Graduation

Students in the Master of Management in Clinical InformaticsPhysician Assistant Program (MHS), and Pathologists' Assistant Program (MHS) will earn their degrees in September. Students in one of our certificate training programs—Cardiac Ultrasound Certificate Program—will earn their certificates this summer, as well.


Health professions Graduating Student Profiles

Shelby Neil


Physician Assistant Program (MHS, PA-C)

Shelby Neil served as Stead Society President for the Class of 2021 and would like to work in pediatric hospital medicine.

Read a Q&A with Shelby Neil

Aaron Wallace


Pathologists' Assistant Program (MHS)

Aaron Wallace is interested in helping shape or direct a pathologists' assistant education program in the future.

Read a Q&A with Aaron Wallace


Karl Hofmeister


Cardiac Ultrasound Technician Certificate

Karl Hofmeister will begin his career as a sonographer in the cardiac diagnostic unit at Duke University Hospital.

Read a Q&A with Karl Hofmeister


PhD Graduating Student Profiles

Atul Rangadurai



Atul Rangadurai is interested in studying changes in the shapes of nucleic acids and proteins, and how that is related to their function and ultimately to cellular activity and disease.

Read a Q&A with Atul Rangadurai


Spring 2021 Graduation

Congratulations to the students from the Duke University School of Medicine who graduated this spring. Despite a historically challenging year, faced with the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing impacts of social injustice, students pushed forward with hard work and dedication. We celebrate their many accomplishments and wish them the best in the years ahead.

Students in the following programs earned their degrees in May: Doctor of Medicine (MD)Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Clinical Research Training Program (MHS)Master of Biomedical SciencesMaster of BiostatisticsMedical Physics Graduate Program (MS & PhD), and Master of Science in Population Health Sciences. Students in PhD programs also earned their degrees this spring.

Health Professions Graduating Student Profiles

four graduating students from the MD program


Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

For Match Day, four students shared their thoughts about being a medical student during the COVID-19 pandemic, their favorite memories from their time at Duke, and their aspirations for the future. Read Q&A profiles with Ashley ChoiDrake EdwardsBrian Ketterman, and Kirsten L. Simmons, MHSc.

Lance Bennett


Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Lance Bennett would like to work in an outpatient setting and loves working with the higher-level athletic population.

Read a Q&A with Lance Bennett

Alondra DeSantiago


Master of Biomedical Sciences

As part of the Bridges to Excellence program, Alondra DeSantiago will continue her medical education at University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

Read a Q&A with Alondra DeSantiago

Sophia Anderson


Master of Biostatistics

After graduation, Sophia Anderson wants to continue developing, coordinating and executing clinical trials aimed at improving health outcomes in a number of different therapeutic areas.

Read a Q&A with Sophia Anderson

Odunola Grace Babawale


Master of Science in Medical Physics

Odunola Grace Babawale hopes to work with other scientists in the field to research and implement accessible and affordable cancer treatment techniques that would be advantageous to low- to middle-income countries.

Read a Q&A with Odunola Grace Babawale

Aikya Soni


Master of Science in Population Health Sciences

Aikya Soni graduated from the first cohort of the M.S. in Population Health Sciences program, and has interests in combining digital health and technology to address health disparities and social supports.

Read a Q&A with Aikya Soni

PhD Graduating Student Profiles

Rossi Clark-Cotton, PhD


Cell Biology

Rossie Clark-Cotton studies questions of fundamental cell biology, and loves the intellectual challenge of assembling a narrative from complex, and sometimes contradictory, data

Read a Q&A with Rossie Clark-Cotton

Amy Webster


Genetics and Genomics

Amy Webster plans to develop projects to understand how gene regulation and epigenetic inheritance influence evolutionary trajectories, and ultimately hopes to run a research lab to continue exploring these questions.

Read a Q&A with Amy Webster


Xiaohui (Hazel)  Ang



Xiaohui (Hazel) Ang hopes to promote healthy aging and preventive medicine as the near future for healthcare and implement/influence her anti-aging research in clinical practices.

Read a Q&A with Xiaohui (Hazel) Ang