Amanda was raised in Knox County, Kentucky and completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with minors in biology and mathematics, while representing Cumberlands as a campus ambassador in the Office of Admissions. After graduation, she earned her medical doctorate (MD) at the University of Kentucky and subsequently joined the faculty at Duke University following completion of anesthesiology residency as well as two fellowships.
“Cumberlands pushed me toward excellence,” said Amanda. “A key component of that was the smaller class size because it truly tailored the educational experience. My professors led by example inside the classroom and out. Cumberlands offered me my first opportunity to step outside my comfort zone, challenge my pre-existing way of thinking, and learn something new.”
Amanda is now an assistant professor at Duke University School of Medicine as well as a neurosurgical anesthesiologist and intensivist. Her greatest passion is caring for those with complex brain tumors,
brain aneurysms, or spinal deformities in the operating room. She also spends a significant amount of time providing comprehensive care
for the sickest, most critical patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Amanda is an active clinician scientist, a mentor for medical students, a
peer reviewer of multiple publications, a critical care stroke champion at her hospital, a residency application committee interviewer, and a
frequent lecturer. She is grateful for the opportunity she has to instill
Cumberlands values like work ethic, excellence, and mentorship in others in the medical field.