Fellows are physicians who are completing additional training in a specific type of medicine that they intend to practice once the fellowship is completed. Duke Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery fellows are very involved in the care of our weight loss surgery patients while they are in the hospital and during follow-up visits in the clinic.
Meet the 2014-2015 fellows:
Jegan Gopal, MD
Medical school: Washington University School of Medicine
General Surgery residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Dr. Gopal was born in Sri Lanka and raised in California. “My grandfather first inspired me to get into medicine,” says Dr. Gopal. “Once getting into medical school and residency, my focus became minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery, mostly because of how much of a difference bariatric surgeons make in the lives of their patients. The change is very dramatic for patients.”
In his free time he enjoys playing basketball and tennis and watching movies.
Caroline Reinke, MD
Medical school: Duke University School of Medicine
General Surgery residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Reinke was born in eastern North Carolina and raised in western North Carolina. “I’m excited to be back in North Carolina, and back in Duke University Health System, which I think is one of the best,” says Dr. Reinke. Dr. Reinke first became interested in surgery as a medical student on her surgery rotation. “I did not think I was going to like it, but I really liked working with my hands. I also really liked the ability to make a significant improvement in a short time-frame and see the results of my work.” As for her interest in bariatric surgery, she says, “I’ve had friends who have been helped by the procedure, and I think it is something you can do that can make a dramatic difference in a patient’s life.”
In her free time she enjoys playing with her son, gardening, and being outdoors.
Keri Seymour, DO
Medical school: Midwestern University
General Surgery residency: SUNY-Syracuse/Upstate Medical Center
Dr. Seymour is from upstate New York and is excited to learn more about the south. She decided to pursue a career in surgery because “Surgery is challenging and patients tend to get better after your care.” She also enjoys anatomy and working with her hands.
In her free time, she enjoys playing sports. She skied for a few years while living in Colorado and enjoyed running while in medical school and during her residency.