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Black Doctor Details How She Stepped In To Remove A Woman's Lace Front Wig For An Urgent MRI

The phrases “We need more Black doctors ” and “Black doctors matter” are often emphasized, but this viral story exemplifies why.

Oct 27, 2022

Meet Carl Allamby, The Cleveland Man Who Achieved His Childhood Dream Of Becoming A Doctor At Age 51

Sometimes the destination is long but upon arrival, you will learn it was all just a part of the plan. And, Carl Allamby experienced this lesson firsthand.

Sep 29, 2022

Black Houston Doctor Files Lawsuit After JPMorgan Chase Bank Refuses To Deposit $16,000 Check

A sign-on bonus from a job is always a win. However, for one Black Houston doctor, her moment of victory was swiftly taken away due to discriminatory practices. ABC13 reports that Dr. Malika Mitchell-Stewart had recently completed her residency before securing a position at Valley Oaks Medical Group. The Black Houston doctor was subsequently awarded a $16,000 check from her newly acquired position. Dr. Malika Mitchell-Stewart then went to JPMorgan Chase Bank at First Colony Branch in Sugar Land to deposit her new earnings. Unfortunately, her celebration was cut short. According to a lawsuit, staff members at JPMorgan Chase began to ask Dr. Malika Mitchell-Stewart unwarranted questions pertaining to her check and position as a doctor, ABC13 reports. Dr. Stewart describes feeling like a criminal after showing her check. JPMorgan Chase ultimately led with a decision to refuse Dr. Stewart’s service and declared the check fraudulent. Stewart believes she was targeted due to the color of...

Feb 4, 2022

Eye Surgeon Turned Entrepreneur Creates an Eye Specific Beauty Line

As a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Anika Goodwin is an expert in eye reconstructive surgery. She has performed 10,000 eye procedures during the span of her 15-year career and is the CEO of EYEmergencyMD, an ocular telehealth company committed to improving access to eye physicians and ending preventable blindness. To add to her impressive repertoire of innovation and problem-solving, Dr. Goodwin has personified what it means to be a culturally competent physician. Marrying her passions of medicine and beauty, the oculoplastic reconstructive surgeon created OpulenceMD Beauty, a lash company dedicated to providing stylish yet healthy lash extensions. “I’m a bit of a creative,” she told Black Enterprise , “and I honestly believe that was one of the things that led me to love ophthalmology. I enjoy beautifying. My specialty of ophthalmology is called oculoplastic reconstructive surgery and so I focus on making the eyes the eyelids, and the facial structures that support the eyes,...

Jun 1, 2020

This Group of Black Doctors Took COVID-19 Testing Into Their Own Hands

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has been disproportionately impacting the Black community. However, pediatric surgeon, Ala Stanford, not only began to worry about the death toll of African Americans in the Philadelphia area, according to NPR , but she took action. “In Philadelphia, African Americans represent 44 percent of the population, but at last check, 52 percent of the deaths, for me, that was unacceptable,” Stanford told NPR. As a native of North Philly, Dr. Stanford heads a medical consulting firm and private practice in Jenkintown, PA. She is also on staff at Abington-Jefferson Health. Dr. Stanford’s worries grew as the death toll continued to rise, and the myth that Black people were resistant to the COVID-19 virus continued to circulate throughout the Black community. She posted a video in an attempt to debunk the myth where she explains how the historical mistrust of the medical field should not deter Black communities from practicing safety guidelines such as proper...

Apr 20, 2020

Dr. Ncumisa Jilata Became Africa's Youngest Neurosurgeon at 29-Years-Old

In 2017, Ncumisa Jilata became Africa’s youngest neurosurgeon at 29-years-old, after completing a five-year fellowship at the University of Pretoria located in South Africa. Dr. Jilata’s medical journey began in 2003 when she was in the 11th grade. Her rigorous path included a packed course schedule of condensing three years of biology into just one year. “I was already in Grade 11 when I decided I want to be a doctor, but at the time I wasn’t doing biology, so when I got to matric I had to do three years of biology in one year, in addition to the subjects I had already selected from Grade 10,” she told Dispatch Live. During her time in high school, Dr. Jilata developed a fascination with the brain and the neuron, which would ultimately lead her to set her sights on becoming a neurosurgeon. “During that period I discovered the concept of a neuron, which is amazing, and the fact that society as a whole is influenced and controlled solely by the existence of this structure, intrigued...

Apr 15, 2020

Meet the Black Woman Appointed as California’s First-Ever Surgeon General

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is the first-ever Surgeon General of the state of California appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Dr. Harris is an award-winning pediatrician and researcher who has dedicated her medical career to addressing and solving issues related to childhood trauma and the healthcare disparities of underserved communities. According to the California Health and Human Service Agency (CHHS) , the surgeon general position was created in 2019 with the purpose of advising the governor and being the spokesperson on public health issues. The role also includes leading medical professionals, scientists, public health experts, public servants and California citizens toward solutions to public health concerns. According to Black Culture News, the California Surgeon General and University of California, Berkeley graduate received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis and also holds a master’s in public health from Harvard University. After completing a pediatric...

Apr 6, 2020

From the Field to the Frontlines: Former NFL Player Fights COVID-19 as a Doctor

Myron Rolle — former NFL defensive back for the Tennessee Titians — is a physician fighting on the frontlines in the battle against the coronavirus. As a third-year neurosurgeon resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, Rolle is among the doctors and healthcare providers doing their best to save the lives of patients suffering from COVID-19. According to People , Rolle was selected in the sixth round by the Tennesse Titians in the 2010 NFL draft, but after three seasons, he left football to go to medical school. Hospitals around the country are operating at capacity and Massachusetts General Hospital is no different. “Our neurosurgical floor has been transformed into a floor just full of COVID-19 patients,” Rolle told ESPN. “It is hectic, that’s for sure.” Rolle has been documenting what it’s like to be a doctor during the pandemic via Instagram. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Myron Rolle, MD MSc (@myronlrolle) He explains how the Massachusetts General Hospital may...

Apr 2, 2020

This Black ER Doctor Sat Down With GQ to Explain Film Injuries and Millions Tuned in

Who doesn’t enjoy a good action or horror movie every now and then? The thrill of watching your favorite actress stab the villain through the abdomen or that crazy scene where the good guy fights their way out of the coffin they’ve been buried alive may be entertaining. However, there are many questions left unanswered about the physical injuries that an actor would have in real life. Dr. Italo Brown, M.D., M.P.H., sat down with GQ’s “The Breakdown” to give us a physician’s perspective on what possible medical injuries Hollywood actors and actresses could face if the movie scenes were real. Sacramento native, Dr. Brown is an emergency medicine physician and currently completing a fellowship at the Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine. His GQ installment went viral and gained 3 million views and counting. In the GQ episode, Dr. Brown breaks down scenes from Jordan Peele’s horror film “Us,” “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” and more. For the movie “Us,” Dr. Brown explains how the stab wound to...

Mar 13, 2020

LaShyra Nolen Becomes Harvard Medical School's First Black Woman Class President

Growing up as a child in Compton, California, LaShyra “Lash” Nolen dreamed of being a neurosurgeon and an astronaut. Her ambitions proved to be profitable leading her to become the first Black woman class president of Harvard Medical School (HMS). Born to a single mother, who earned a master’s degree while working several jobs, Lash remembers her mother encouraging and affirming her dreams. “Mom pursued life with grit and a desire to win. She would tell me: ‘I’ll see you at the top,'” Lash told Teen Vogue . Today Lash is an activist, HMS class president, and Fulbright scholar. Lash doesn’t take her position as class president lightly and knows what her achievement means for others. “For me it means opportunity — opportunity in the sense that it will allow me to create a pipeline for others who look like me to hold positions of leadership at Harvard Medical School,” Lash told Teen Vogue. When asked how she deals with excelling to new heights in the world of medicine, a predominately...

Feb 26, 2020

Meet The Family Of 5 Nigerian Sisters Who All Became Doctors

The Aliu family is the epitome of Black Excellence. The family has 5 daughters all of whom are physicians in different medical specialties and are raising the bar and representing Black doctors well. The Nigerian family consists of Salamat Aliu, the first female neurosurgeon in West Africa,  Halima Aliu, a plastic surgeon, Khadijah Aliu, a family medicine physician, Raliat Aliu, an obstetrician,  and Medinah Aliu, a community health physician. Former Nigerian vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, took to Twitter to acknowledge and congratulate the sisters. “Awesome. If you educate a woman, you educate the family and the community,” he wrote. Hello everyone, I want to introduce you to the amazing Aliu family. The pic below shows 5 beautiful sisters who all happen to be doctors. The eldest a neurosurgeon, then an obstetrician, a plastic surgeon, a family physician, a community health physician… #GirlPower #inspiring — Bandaranaike Kumaratunga ☄️🔥 (@Otiteakpovona)...

Feb 26, 2020

Black Woman Makes History by Becoming the First Doctor to Cure Cancer Using Nanoparticles

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green — a multi-disciplinary physicist and the second African American woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham — has become the first to successfully cure cancer using laser-activated nanoparticles. According to Black Culture News , she received a $1.1 million grant to expand her nanoparticle cancer treatment research. As the founder of Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation , Dr. Green’s revolutionary nanoparticle technology does not require patients to undergo chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery and was found to successfully cure cancer after testing on mice within 15 days. According to Black Culture News, Dr. Green’s interest in cancer treatment stems from witnessing the death of her aunt, Ora Lee, who suffered from cancer and her uncle, General Lee Smith, who also was diagnosed with cancer and experienced the negative side effects of traditional chemotherapy treatment. Dr. Green’s passion to find a better way to...

Feb 20, 2020