Educator Spotlight: Chris Knudson, MD

Christopher Knudson, MD

Christopher Knudson, MD

The Emory University Department of Medicine faculty and development  team recently interviewed Chris Knudson, MD (Hospital Medicine) to learn more about him.

Tell us about yourself

I’m originally from northern Wisconsin, and I had a winding path to medicine. I started my career as a public auditor for Deloitte, developed databases for a time, performed basic science in a dermatology lab, and finally ended up in medical school at the University of Wisconsin. This is where I met my wife, Stephanie, who was getting a DVM/MPH degree. I completed my internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein-Montefiore in the Bronx. After completing my residency, I came to Atlanta, as Stephanie was working at the CDC. I’ve been at Midtown working in Hospital Medicine now for almost three years, where I am the site director for the internal medicine clerkship. I focus any extra time I have on teaching, particularly the physical exam.

Why did you go into medicine?
After trying many careers, medicine seemed to be at the intersection of all the things I enjoyed about my other professions: constant learning, connecting with and helping people, teamwork, and teaching, all in a science-based field.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Every time I teach a student something, it reminds me of when I first learned it and my excitement to finally understand a piece of a whole that eventually built me up to becoming a physician. Helping someone develop and come closer to his or her goals is really fun.

Cats or dogs?
I like and have had both, but since we now have a cat, I’d better say cats. Willy is the cutest and still catches bats, despite only having one eye. Can you guess why we named him that?

What do you like to do in your spare time?
My old favorites are eating out, traveling, running, hiking, reading, coding, board games, and watching movies/shows. My new things are keeping bees, gardening, pickling, and cooking- I’m clearly become more domestic!

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