Joel Grossman, MD, B.S. 1990

Florida Cancer Specialists – Naples, FL

1990 Major: Biology

How has being a Biology graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"I'm a medical oncologist. Learning about cell biology and molecular biology provided a background that comes up all the time in the mechanism of action of all cancer treatments."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Biology programs? 

"Take classes that interest you. Don't be discouraged when grad students screw up the grading of your exams. It's more important or at least somewhat important that you learned as much as you could. I only got 2 C's at Duke--both in my major--into Bio 14 and cell biology. Looking back on those exams years later, it wasn't me, it was lazy grading. Try to find smaller classes with more professor input/oversight into what's going on. I was one of very few premed bio majors at a time when nearly all premeds were Zoology majors. The grad level botany class I took was one of my favorites and it was equally useful for med school as anything in Zoology. GRIND! Bleed Blue!"

Joel Grossman, MD