April is Diversity Month, a time to recognize and celebrate other cultures and populations. This month, Midtown Medical is taking time to recognize the diversity in our workplace and the science and healthcare community. As we celebrate the unique cultures, backgrounds, and traditions of others, we can gain a greater appreciation for the diversity that surrounds us. Midtown Medical Center celebrates Diversity Month by spotlighting trailblazers within the medical field from the past to the present. Celebrate with us!

Margaret Chung (1889-1959)

The eldest of 11 children in a Chinese immigrant family graduated from the University of Southern California Medical School in 1916, making her the first American-born Chinese female doctor. As a student, she was the only woman in her class, dressed in masculine clothing, and called herself ‘Mike.’ Chung was initially denied residencies and internships in hospitals, but went on to become an emergency surgeon in Los Angeles, which was extremely unusual for women at the time. In the early 1920s, she helped establish the first Western hospital in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and led its OB/GYN and pediatrics unit, where she treated the local Chinese American community along with various celebrities as a surgeon. She became a prominent behind-the-scenes political broker during World War II, establishing a network of thousands of men in the military and navy, that referred to her as ‘Mom Chung’ and themselves as her ‘fair-haired bastards.’ Chung also helped establish WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services, the women’s branch of the naval reserves during World War II, which helped pave the way for women’s integration into the U.S armed forces, though she was rejected from serving in it herself, likely because of her race and her sexuality.

Dr. David Ho

A board certified Taiwanese American physician whose research in HIV/AIDS saved countless lives. When the AIDS virus was first discovered in the 1980s, scientists believed that the virus lay dormant in patients for years before attacking the immune system and medication was withheld until patients exhibited visible symptoms of full-blown AIDS. Dr. Ho’s research proved that the virus replicated itself quickly and immediately when entering a patient’s bloodstream. This lead to the introduction of the “cocktail” of drugs used to slow the advance of the virus immediately upon detection. Dr. Ho has published more than 400 scientific papers on HIV/AIDS and is now the Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center and the Irene Diamond Professor at Rockefeller University in New York City. He was named TIME Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1996 for pioneering the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga

A board-certified Filipino American physician and pediatric immunologist who was named one of Time 100’s most influential people in the world for 2013 for being a member of a team of researchers who orchestrated a breakthrough that “functionally cures” newborns of AIDS when it is transmitted to them from their mother during birth. She has been at the forefront of pediatric HIV/AIDS research throughout her career and has received numerous accolades for her life-changing research, including a Scholar Award and the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. She is currently a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Vice Provost for Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Director of the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Dr. Philip Zazove

An author, physician and chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. He is one of the first deaf physicians in the United States and is dedicated to improving health care for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Donald Warne, MD,MPH

An Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as the Director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) and Public Health Programs, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota. He also serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Leader’s Health Board in Rapid City, SD. Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, SD and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men. He received his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Working to grow a strong physician workforce in the Native American community.

Siobhan M. Wescott, MD

As an Alaska Native, Dr. Wescott worked to raise the chronically low number of Native American students entering medical school. “The people who first lived on this land survived for thousands of years by being tough, adaptable, wise, and, most importantly, by caring for one another. It is time that we have more of them in medicine. In public health, I conduct community-based research that directly benefits Native American communities. As a member of the Association of American Indian Physicians board of directors, I advocate for all Native American physicians in the U.S.”

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