Texts of letters of recommendation for Dr. Anil Potti

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The following was sent to the chair of the cancer practice in South Carolina that Dr Potti wished to join, and submitted as part of Potti's application for a South Carolina medical license.

Stationery of Duke University Medical Center
January 7, 2011

...We were extremely fortunate to be able to recruit Dr. Potti to Duke for his fellowship from North Dakota where he had been an outstanding house officer and subsequently joined the faculty as a hospitalist.

It was clear to all of us when Anil joined our program that he was outstanding in all categories.

His clinical skills are excellent. He is bright, honest, hard working, and very thoughtful of others. With these qualities, it is not surprising that his patients had great admiration and respect for him both during his fellowship and subsequently as a faculty member. I personally have assumed the care of many of Anil's patents, all of whom speak of him in the highest regard.

During his tenure at Duke, Anil developed an impressive research program and helped the careers of a number of our other fellows and junior faculty. He was always willing to help others around him and was an ideal model as a "team player." Despite a very active research program, Anil maintained his dedication to patient care and this always came first for him.

The last several months have been difficult for him and for us as his colleagues. Throughout this time, Anil has conducted himself as he has throughout his time at Duke with honesty, integrity and humility. I was hopeful that he would remain at Duke on our faculty in a clinical position, but his decision to resign his position at Duke in the end was probably best for him and his family. During this time period there was a review of his clinical practice and no issues were raised. I personally would be delighted to have Dr. Potti as a faculty member in our physician practice, or as an oncologist taking care of one of my family members. I am certain that he will be an incredible asset to whatever practice he joins.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do in support of his application.

Jeffrey Crawford, MD
George Barth Geller Professor for Research in Cancer
Chief, Division of Medical Oncology
Department of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center



The following was sent to the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners.

Stationery of Duke Medicine, Division of Cellular Therapy

January 21, 2011

It is my pleasure to provide this letter of reference for Dr. Anil Potti for a license to practice medicine in South Carolina. I have known Anil for over five years in his capacity as a clinician at our institution. He is well known by the trainees in our program and an outstanding teacher, having won prior teaching awards for his time and efforts spent in this regard. In addition, his clinical acumen is highly valued by staff and patients and is well known as a smart dedicated physician. I would be pleased, if my own family had unfortunately contracted a cancer, if Dr. Potti was their treating physician feeling comfortable in his knowledge base approach to the care of sick patients and the ability to optimize care.

David Rizzieri
Associate Professor of Medicine



Sent to the Medical Board

Stationery of Duke Medicine

January 25, 2011

It is my pleasure to write a letter of reference for Dr. Potti for his application of a medical license in South Carolina.

I have known Dr. Potti for seven years initially as medical oncology fellows at Duke University for two years and the last five as colleagues in the Division of Medical Oncology at Duke University.

Throughout his career here at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Pott (sic) has demonstrated superior commitment and compassion towards his patients. While working in clinic, he has demonstrated superior knowledge of current oncologic practices and applies evidence-based medicine in the treatment of his patients. He effective communications with the patients, their families, and other members of the health care team for the optimal care of patient. He has also illustrated an understanding and sensitivity to diversity and consistently participates in activities to promote his continuous professional development.

Overall, he has demonstrated competency in oncology inpatient and outpatient duties. There are no known health barriers to him (sic) performing the duties of medical staff and I feel he is fully qualified for a medical license in South Carolina.

Shiaowen David Hsu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Institute of Genome Science and Policy



Stationery Duke Medicine, Division of Cellular Therapy

January 21, 2011

I am writing this letter of recommendation in support of Dr. Potti's application for a SC Medical License. I have known Dr. Potti since 2003, when he first came to Duke as a hematology-oncology fellow, and later as a colleague when he joined Duke as a faculty member.

From a clinical standpoint, I know of only few physicians who are as bright, dedicated, conscientious and caring as Dr. Potti. His patients absolutely love him and he is well respected by his colleagues. He is well read, keeps up with the medical literature and constantly seeks to improve himself as a clinician. I think he will provide excellent clinical care to his patients under his care in South Carolina.

Arati V. Rao, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Geriatrics

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