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Program: Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery

Start Year: 2020

Medical School: Stony Brook University

College/University: University of Richmond

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Clinical and Research Interests

Clinical – Adult Cardiac Surgery. Research – Clinical outcomes in adult cardiac surgery, global cardiac surgical care, healthcare disparities

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I knew I wanted to be immersed within a community that would inspire me, challenge me, and support me –and of course, laugh along the way with me. At UNC I found the perfect combination – unparalleled surgical and clinical care training, a culture rooted in education and academic excellence, a community that empowers me to be the best version of myself for my patients and a highly diverse patient population.

Favorite memory of the intern year

Bonding with the most incredible intern class (I may be a little biased) during our nights on call

Favorite place to go in NC

American Tobacco Trail – It’s beautiful!

Favorite case to scrub into

Coronary artery bypass grafting


Search for publications on PubMed using O’Hara, D.; O’Hara, DN* as search criteria

Hidden talent

Photography –particularly taking adorable photos of my dog, Athena


Cooking for friends, spoiling my dog, traveling, grilling, seeking out live music