Vikas Patel, B.S. 1996

Founder and Owner, North Carolina Dermatology Associates – Raleigh, NC

1996 Major: Biology and Religion; minor in Chemistry; certificate in Judaic Studies; MD (2000); House Staff (2001)

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

"Being a biology major set me for success as I transitioned into Medical School. The foundation that I received allowed for a seamless transition. In addition, the research opportunities and experience as part of my biology major helped as I spent my entire third year at Duke Medical School in a research lab."

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

"Try to explore all areas of the Duke Biology program. I was able to attend the Duke Marine Lab for a summer term which was one of my biggest highlights of my Duke career. I regret that I did not take a botany class (especially a course called Trees and Shrubs of North Carolina). I know wish how I had a deeper knowledge on this topics as I explore various trails across North Carolina."

Vikas Patel