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David Cantong

Director of Mentorship

David grew up in Southern California and enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating high school. He spent six years in the Marine Corps Reserve before joining the Army to become a Special Forces Soldier. During his time as a Medic, David had the opportunity to treat patients in both the deployed and hospital setting. Additionally, he teaches limited resource and austere medicine courses, where he found a passion for research and education. David completed a  health science degree at Campbell University. Last summer, he participated in the REVU program, where veteran undergraduates are paired with basic science labs for nine weeks. David worked in the Caplan Lab on Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease and studied how a specific protein affects the disease progression. David’s ultimate goal is to continue serving his community through education and medicine by becoming an Emergency Medicine or Critical Care physician. His hobbies include spending time with his wife and two daughters, endurance sports, and enjoying good food with friends.

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