Honoring Black Physicians Past, Present & Future

Throughout Black History Month (February), the FMA features African American physicians and future physicians whose contributions make a profound impact on medicine and patients throughout Florida.

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Akeim George

FMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Governing Council member Akeim George is the first person in his family to study medicine, his loved ones had a lot to do with his decision to become a physician.

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Watson Ducatel, DO, MPH, FACOI

Watson Ducatel, DO, MPH, FACOI, an internal medicine specialist who was recently appointed to the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine. In an interview with the FMA, Dr. Ducatel shared a personal story about representation in medicine and what it meant to him as a young man growing up in Tampa.

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Alma Littles, MD

Family tragedies and a second-grade teacher who “planted a seed” motivated Alma Littles, MD, to become the first in her family to attend college and, ultimately, to practice medicine.

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Samari Blair, MPH, CPH

Third-year medical student Samari Butler, MPH, is an aspiring pediatrician who sees a strong connection between physician diversity and health equity. “Representation can be so important in decreasing mistrust.”

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