On this DelBlogger Podcast episode I interviewed Dr. Velma Scantlebury, the 1st African American woman transplant surgeon of the United States and author of “Beyond Every Wall”.
This is the story of a remarkable journey in the life of young girl, born in Barbados, and her incredible stories as she struggled to become the first African American transplant surgeon in the United States. This book gives you a remarkable glimpse into the life and culture of Barbados.
She takes us into the operating room where a transplant is being performed, as well as into her life as she journeys from a teenager in Brooklyn to overcoming the doubts and negativity that she encountered in her quest to become a surgeon. The struggles of advancing a career in a male dominated field are coupled with her personal struggles with depression, marriage and motherhood.
As a role model and mentor, Dr. Scantlebury’s story highlights possibilities for young girls whose dreams can become realities.
Dr. Scantlebury is the first African American woman transplant surgeon of the United States. She has received many honors in her career having been named to both the “Best Doctors in America” and “Top Doctors in America” lists multiple times.
Dr. Scantlebury has been awarded the Woman of Spirit Award for inspiring others and the “Gift of Life Award” from the National Kidney Foundation. She has performed over 2,000 transplants and published many peer-reviewed papers.
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