Trailblazers & Changemakers Webinar Series
TRAILBLAZERS AND CHANGEMAKERS - WEBINAR SERIES Fighting for Health Equity April 23rd from 9 – 10 AM EST Marshala Lee, MD, MPH, board-certified family medicine physician and the Director of the Harrington Value Institute Community Partnership Fund at ChristianaCare. Dr. Marshala Lee serves as the lead physician at Shortlidge Academy’s School-based health center sponsored by ChristianaCare. Dr. Lee’s role is supports of efforts to strengthen community partnerships, mentor premedical students from underrepresented backgrounds, and develop new models of patient-centered health care that address the social determinants of health. In her free time, Dr. Lee serves as the co-chair of the Wilmington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s Physical and Mental Health Committee, health contributor for the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, Communities in Schools Board Members, and the Vice President for the First State Chapter of the National Medical Association. Dr. Lee completed her undergraduate training at Tougaloo College, a historically black college in Mississippi prior to obtaining a medical degree with a concentration in advocacy and activism from Brown Medical School. She completed her family medicine residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Lee was chosen as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy and obtained a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Healthcare Management and Policy from Harvard. Velma Scantlebury-White, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, Texas Christian University and Medical School, University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). Surgical Transplant Consultant and Author. Dr. Velma Scantlebury-White is a Barbadian-born American transplant surgeon. She was 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. In addition to recognition by the Caribbean American Medical and Scientific Association, she received the Order of Barbados Gold Crown of Merit, for her efforts to educate minorities about organ transplant. She has performed over 2,000 transplants and published many peer-reviewed papers. She received her training with the renowned pioneer, Dr. Thomas Starzl, MD, PhDat the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she worked her way up to associate professor of Surgery by 2002 and was recruited by the University of South Alabama (USA) as a surgical professor and as director of the USA's Gulf Coast Regional Transplant Centre . In 2008 she moved to Delaware to join the Christiana Care Health System, as Associate Director of the Kidney Transplant Program and Director of Outpatient Services. In 2020, Dr. Scantlebury retired from ChristiansCare to pursue an academic career, and is currently a Professor of Surgery at Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science Center. She also serves as a surgical consultant to many other transplant industries. Dr.Scantlebury has been involved with the need to educated minority communities regarding the need for more organ donors and the rising number of patients in need of transplantation. She has worked with National MOTTEP (Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Educational Program), promoting education regarding the higher incidence of renal failure and the need for dialysis within the African American community. She has also served on the Board of Donate Life America, and currently is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Gift of Life, in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Scantlebury continues to mentor young students, both high school, college and medical school and is actively involved in her community through her volunteer work with the Wilmington Chapter of the Links, Inc, as well as an Honorary Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Wilmington DE chapter. Dr.Scantlebury is married to Dr. Harvey White, a Professor at University of Delaware, and is the mother of 2 young ladies, Akela and Aisha White.