Hey! My name is Justin Lucas and I through I spent my childhood in Manhattan, I spent most of my adult life in Georgia and North Carolina.
I received a BS in biology with a minor in chemistry and Spanish from UNC Chapel hill and then worked in the UNC department of public health for two years on research projects with a focus on health disparities. I next found myself at Rutgers in New Jersey where I obtained a Masters in Biomedical Sciences before applying and be accepted to the Medical College or Georgia in Augusta.
There were so many areas of medicine that I initially caught my attention and after meeting an amazing mentor, I decided to pursue a career in OBGYN and was accept to the program in Wilmington. While I loved my patients and enjoyed the work, I realized that my interests were broader than my then current scope of practice. I was fortunate enough to have met and worked with several of the family medicine residents at NHRMC during my training and I had a great appreciation for their knowledge base, their determined attitudes and their overall positive energy and outlook.
I made the decision to switch to family medicine, knowing that there was no guarantee that I would find a position. It was one of the biggest, most uncomfortable decisions of my life—and yet I knew it was the right one. I was fortunate enough to receive an interview at my home program and after walking out of the clinic doors that day, I knew exactly where I wanted to be.
After two weeks in, I couldn’t have been more reassured by my decision. While being a doctor isn’t easy, becoming a health professional is a life-long journey. At Coastal Family Medicine, they take the time to make sure you have the building blocks necessary to start off on the right path and help you develop the skills necessary to continue on in your journey once you’re out on your own. You will learn not only how to care for your patient, but how to grow within a community how to operate efficiently in a largely electronic based health records system, and how to find your place and work within a team.
While I love working here, I also love taking time to explore the city. During my off time I enjoy heading out to do some mountain bike riding, playing tennis, wood-working, board games nights, guitar, and convincing my co-residents to head out to the beach and teach me how to surf. Wilmington is an awesome city. Nevertheless, no matter where you go, what will matter most in the end is not where you are, but who you’re with. And in that case, I don’t think I could have ended up anywhere better.