Where Are Our Scholars Now?

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How has the Feagin Program Impacted its Scholars?



The steadfast guidance and training I received in the Feagin Leadership Program allowed me to develop into a more authentic, impactful, and intentional leader.  The growth that this program facilitated has permeated far beyond my life in the hospital, and I am incredibly grateful for it."  


-Valentine Esposito, F'17

MD Candidate, Duke School of Medicine

MHS Candidate, Clinical Research Training Program, Duke University

President, SOM Davison Council


"The Feagin Leadership Program taught me that it is my duty to my patients to continually self-reflect and try to improve core leadership domains like emotional intelligence, communication, and teamwork, and that this learning is as important, if not more important, than my ongoing medical learning as an anesthesiologist. The program led me to discover that leadership development is one of my passions. In the next year I will be implementing a leadership program for our anesthesia residents. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be part of this inspiring Feagin family."

- Jennifer Hauck, MD, F'15

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Duke University School of Medicine

Feagin Leadership Advisory Board Member


"During my time in the Feagin Leadership Program, I learned what a true leader looks like. This leader is not defined by their degree, color of their skin, sexual identity, gender, or socioeconomic status. Instead, leaders are defined based on their integrity, humbleness, and desire to advance a common goal. Leadership is intentional. Leadership is planned. Leadership is practiced."

- Chris Jones, MD, F'14

Orthopedic Surgeon

Kaiser Permanente Medical Group



The Feagin Leadership Program helped develop who I became as a medical leader, instilling in me ideas and leadership techniques to complement the clinical skills that I am learning. I have had numerous interactions over the past year where I had to rely on this training in communicating plans, making difficult decisions, and caring for patients. Just as important, the lessons I learned have also helped me to be a better husband and father which I have found is an integral part of who I am as a physician. 


Every day, I witness the results of the Feagin Leadership Program in all facets of my life and for that I am thankful." 

-Steve Cook, MD, FL'15

Neurosurgeon, Spine Surgeon

Duke University 


"Participating in the Feagin Leadership Forum in 2010-2011 has a tremendous influence on my academic medicine career as an Orthopaedic Surgeon. I have personally seen first hand the value of principles that were introduced through Feagin, including the importance of establishing and MAINTAINING relationships, effectively managing difficult conversations, and the power of successful negotiation. I have become a much better mentor for training residents and medical students and make it a priority to expose them to some of the same concepts I learned at the Feagin Leadership Forum. My favorite time of year is when I return for the annual Feagin Forum, as I leave there each year I am rejuvenated in my path to become a better leader in medicine."

Katherine J. Coyner, MD, FL'11

Feagin Leadership Advisory Board Member

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

University of Connecticut Health Center 

Notable Accomplishments of our Alumni


Jenny Hauck, FL'15


Dr. Hauck was awarded the Academic Chief Resident Award for the Department of

Anesthesiology at Duke University. 


Loretta Erhunmwunsee, FL'15

Dr. Erhunmwunsee was awarded the Peter C. Pairolero Scholarship by the General

Thoracic Surgery Club. 


Tom Lefebvre, FL'15

Dr. Lefebvre was awarded the William T. Obremskey Scholarship Award given by the

Bassett Society. 


Laura Musselwhite, FL'15

Dr. Musselwhite received the NIH Fogarty Global Health Award and the Califf

Medical Research Award.