Israel Duran was born and raised in Mexico, in the state of Michoacán. He graduated medical school from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in Morelia. Following a medical internship in Hermosillo, Sonora and social service work in Churintzio, Michoacan, Duran chose to continue his medical career in the United States.
He has worked closely with the hispanic community in various roles, including as a medical assistant at a pediatrics clinic in Washington Heights, volunteering at health fairs organized by the the Dominican Medical Association throughout New York City and New Jersey, and working closely with the Mexican Coalition on matters of health and wellness.
In the early days of the pandemic, Duran worked with state and city agencies conducting nasal swab tests at a drive-through facility in the Bronx. Later, he administered the life-saving vaccines which began to bring infections under control.
Duran has worked in medical research at Mt. Sinai Health System, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and, currently, is a clinical research associate at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. In July 2023, Duran begins his medical residency in Internal Medicine at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn