|First Year Fellows|
Rachel Cason, MD
I was born and raised in Oklahoma and earned my medical degree at the University of Oklahoma. After medical school, I joined my husband at Duke where I completed my residency in general pediatrics. I liked it so much that I decided to stay for fellowship! I chose to pursue pediatric nephrology because I enjoyed learning about the variety of kidney diseases in children and the thoughtfulness of approaching each patient’s disease. I enjoy that pediatric nephrology allows me to practice in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and to develop continuity with patients. Even during residency, I found the Department of Pediatric Nephrology at Duke to be supportive and invested in my training. The faculty is not only concerned about teaching me to be a nephrologist, but they also want to help me develop research interests and skills and guide me toward my career goals. When I’m not working, I enjoy long distance running and spending time with my husband, Roger and our dog, Jack.
Mital Patel, MD
I am originally from the Midwest and earned my medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I then moved East to Pittsburgh, PA where I completed my residency in general pediatrics at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. I have been drawn to pediatric nephrology since my fourth year of medical school. I enjoy taking care of critically ill patients and maintaining long term relationships with my patients and families. Pediatric nephrology allows you to do both. The breadth and depth of the field is unique, and not a single day goes by where I don’t learn something new! I chose Duke for its excellent faculty mentorship, clinical training and research opportunities.
Outside of work, my husband and I enjoy exploring the many hiking trails around the area. You can also find me experimenting with new desserts or making homemade ice cream!