During its 50th annual Freedom Fund Awards banquet, the NAACP honored Velma P. Scantlebury, M.D., FACS, associate director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Christiana Care.
Dr. Scantlebury has performed more than 1,000 surgeries and has worked to improve awareness in minority communities about organ donations and transplants. She is the first female African-American kidney transplant surgeon in the U.S.
Dr. Scantlebury is originally from Barbados and emigrated with her mother and father, who came to New York City in the late 1960s to improve opportunities for their children. She completed her fellowship training in transplantation surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and became an assistant professor of surgery in 1989. She has a passion for educating African-Americans about the importance of organ donation and transplantation.
“I’m most proud of the ability to help others,” she said.
Dr. Scantlebury was profiled in the November 2014 Fast Company magazine issue in an article titled: “Secrets of the Most Productive People.”