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Karthik Subbu, MD - Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Karthik Subbu, MD

Second Year Fellow


Karthik Subbu, MD

Second Year Fellow


Describe your path to finding medicine as a career?
I have always been fascinated by science, particularly biology and chemistry, and knew from my school days growing up in North Carolina that I wanted to build this into a career as a physician. I moved to India for high school before coming back to the US for college and medical school and now I am happy to be back in North Carolina for Endocrine fellowship.

What were your reasons for choosing UNC for your training in endocrinology?
Having grown up in North Carolina, I have always wanted to move back. At UNC, there is a good balance of outpatient and inpatient time and a unique aspect of the program is that patients are scheduled directly with you and patients consider you to be their provider, instead of the attending endocrinologist. All in all, I could tell from my interview day that I would fit in really well here.

What is your favorite hormone and why?
Somatostatin, so many different roles and it keeps everything in check!

What kind of research projects/scholarly work are you involved in?
I have always been drawn towards quality improvement. I am currently working on a project to potentially use virtual reality technology to help improve diabetes education.

Now that you are here as a fellow, what is the top selling point you would tell someone considering fellowship at UNC?
It is a very supportive atmosphere – I am never worried to ask my attendings or co-fellows for help.

  • Medical School

    Eastern Virginia Medical School

  • Residency

    Indiana University