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Dr. Daniel Huddleston '00

My neighbor, Dr. Daniel Huddleston, is a Dartmouth '00 who is now a neurologist and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Emory University after attending Columbia University for both medical school and his residency. During his time at Dartmouth, he received a BA in Biology and German Literature.

  1. What initially drew you to Dartmouth?  

I was looking at just a variety of different colleges. I was from Knoxville, Tennessee, and I wanted to do something that was far afield from my life up until that point. Dartmouth was far away and in a cold place with snow. When I went to Dartmouth, you could tell that it just had a special energy to it. People were excited to be there, and people were very serious. They had big ambitions, but they were also enjoying themselves and developing friendships. I think it was that well-rounded, well-balanced aspect that I liked the most.  

  1. What was your favorite pre-health class at Dartmouth?  

I could probably say a few, but I will just go with Dr. Samuel Valez, who had a neurobiology course. We did some labs recording crayfish action potentials. That's what he had done his Ph.D. in. He was just a great teacher and lecturer. I also really liked the immunology course. That was cool. I still remember some of the things that we talked about.  

  1. What did you do in your free time?  

In my free time, it depended on the season. I enjoyed doing some mountain biking when it was warm enough and certainly skiing in the wintertime. I spent time at my fraternity as well. That was a place where I had joined and found a lot of friends. I'm not going to lie, I spent a lot of time in the library trying to get to the next stage too. 

  1. How did you choose Columbia Med School?  

I was looking for a place that was strong for neuroscience. That was something that I had already figured out as I wanted to do something oriented towards neuroscience. It was just clear that Columbia had a lot to offer for my kind of area of interest. The people were excited to be there, and I liked that.  

  1. How has Dartmouth had an influence on your medical career?  

I encounter people often who are Dartmouth graduates, who are pursuing related areas. We're always excited to find out that we both went to Dartmouth. Right now there's a person who I collaborate with who is at Harvard studying a substrate of Parkinson's disease. I connected with him purely scientifically, and we figured out that we were both Dartmouth grads and that was a cool moment. It adds a little something to your network and your relationships going forward forever.

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