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David Straka, MD

House Staff
Start Year: 
The Ohio State University
Medical School: 
University of Toledo College of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

Clinically, I love all aspects of Otolaryngology but find myself most drawn to Otology and Gentleman's Head and Neck. My research interests are resident education, surgical simulation, and again otology.

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I was looking to be a part of something special. I wanted to invest in a program as much as I wanted a program to invest in me and I found that here at Duke. I've seen our program continue to grow and make gains all around. I've had excellent training and seen a community established here with the faculty and residents. That's what I came to be a part of.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

We have all the full breadth and depth of Otolaryngology. What makes us most unique is probably our trajectory. We have an excellent group of residents and faculty who are more excited than ever to grow our program and experience. Duke is a great place to be.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

When you're free, make the time to be with your co-residents and interns. It's worth the sleep deprivation.

What do you like best about living in Durham and the Triangle?

Affordable and walkable without feeling like being in a big city. Just south enough for the weather to be nice but not always too hot.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

There are a few of us residents who like to run and train for races, frequently spending time on each other's porches after. Otherwise, I spend most of time with my wife and daughter.