Kirsten Simmons

is an MTS student and medical student at Duke University School of Medicine, pursuing a surgical subspecialty. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Seton Hall University, she taught elementary school students and became the Assistant Director of the SOAR (Special Opportunities for Achievement and Reawakening) youth outreach program for a year in her hometown of Elizabeth, NJ. Some of her greatest joys on campus include serving as the Co-President of the Student National Medical Association- Duke chapter, and as a mentor for high school and college students pursuing careers in science. Within her MTS paradigm, she is studying the health of the Black body in an era of police brutality and systemic injustice. The TMC Fellowship has helped her adopt a personal vow to become more loving, ethically sound, morally grounded, and culturally and socioeconomically competent within the communities she serves. On weekends, you can find Kirsten listening to live groove bands, detailing cars, and enjoying ice cream!