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Meet The Father-Son Doctor Duo Working To Fight Cancer And Help Marginalized Communities

This father-son duo is transforming the lives of cancer patients right alongside each other. After Dr. David Randolph II was moved by the impact his father had on patients, he realized he also wanted to become a vessel to improve the quality of life for others, Inside Edition reports. Eventually, he and his father, Dr. David Randolph, became radiation oncologists at the Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, VA. “I was able to witness the impact that he had, and see how he was able to help these people and that’s what really started my interest in medicine — just seeing that you can have anything in the world that you want, but if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything, and being able to help improve or restore people’s health is something that’s very meaningful,” David Randolph II of the father-son duo said, according to Inside Edition.

Dec 14, 2021

Only 1.9 percent Of Orthopedic Surgeons Identify As Black, Here's How Baylor's Dr. Nwannunu Aims To Change That

Dr. Brian Nwannunu, an adult-reconstruction fellow in orthopedics at Baylor College of Medicine, specializes more than just in the musculoskeletal system; he’s working to diversify the orthopedic surgery industry. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reported that as of 2018, 84.7 percent of orthopedic surgeons identify as white, 6.7 percent identify as Asian, and 2.2 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino. This lack of diversity intensifies since only 1.9 percent of orthopedic surgeons identify as Black, and less than one percent are Native American. There isn’t just a lack of diversity in the orthopedic industry; there’s a lack of acceptance that Black people can work in this medical field. “A few of my rotations, the general culture, and the underlying message was, ‘We don’t want anyone that doesn’t look like us,'” Nwannunu, who is a first-generation Nigerian American, told the Houston Chronicle in an interview . “They don’t feel like they can relate to you. They would...

Aug 13, 2021

Dr. Margaret Towolawi Left Her Job To Start The First Black-Owned Direct Primary Care Practice In Washington

Medical physicians have been overworked more than ever this past year, and Dr. Margaret Towolawi took matters into her own hands when the burnout became too real. Dr. Towolawi is a board certified family physician who has been practicing for over a decade in the Seattle area. She cares for children and adults through a variety of services including women’s health , gender affirming care and chronic disease management. Dr. Towolawi previously worked for a large medical group but she left to launch Nurture Wellness Center, her own direct primary care practice which officially opened for business last month. “After close to eight years, I found myself burned out with over 2,000 patients assigned to my patient panel,” Dr. Towolawi told AfroTech in an interview. “Opening a direct primary care practice, with a focus on lifestyle medicine, has been my personal solution to addressing many of the problems within the traditional healthcare setting for physicians and patients alike.” While it...

Apr 22, 2021

Meet the First-Ever Mother-Daughter Duo to Graduate Med School Together and Become Doctors

This mother-daughter duo is making history together as the first-ever to graduate from medical school at the same time and match at the same hospital. The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) reports that Dr. Cynthia Kudji & daughter, Jasmine, both matched at LSU Health in Louisiana after receiving their medical degrees–Cynthia in Family Medicine and Jasmine in General Surgery. The two were thrilled to receive this news on Match Day last month as they studied for years apart at separate schools. Cynthia earned her degree in St. Kitts and Maine from UMHS and her daughter obtained her M.D. from LSU School of Medicine in Louisiana, according to Because of Them We Can . Dr. Cynthia Kudji, who’s originally from Ghana, West Africa, put her dreams of becoming a doctor on hold when she was pregnant with her daughter at just 23-years-old. She went on to become a nurse and worked as an RN and Nurse Practitioner for almost a decade before deciding to attend medical school. Dr....

May 19, 2020