Christine Lauro

2005 Major: Economics

Currently: Radiation Oncologist, Wyoming Oncology Professionals — Casper, Wyoming

How has being an Economics graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"The discipline of Economics entails the study of human motivations and behaviors. As an oncologist, I seek to understand the actions and desires of my patients to better individualize cancer treatments and maximize outcomes. Furthermore, it provides a basis to navigate the micro and macro-climate of health-care related costs and systems.

"After graduating from Duke with an economics degree, I pursued a medical doctorate degree (Medical Doctor, Rutgers University, 2009) to pursue my passion in oncology. Some individuals are surprised that I went to medical school without a major in biology or chemistry. I think that the analytics, social sciences and mathematics involved in the study of Economics has served me well in my subsequent academic career."

What advice would you give students in Economics?

"The study of Economics entails the study of human motivations, consumption and transfer of wealth. I would be challenged to find any personal or professional pursuit that is not better explained by the study of Economics. Economics is a backbone for any future business or personal endeavor."

Christine Lauro
Radiation Oncologist, Wyoming Oncology Professionals