Dr. August White – Overcoming

.OVERCOMING: Lessons in Triumphing over Adversity and the Power of Our Common Humanity

Dr. August White III, is a trailblazer. One of PatZi's most exceptional guests -- he as been called “the Jackie Robinson of orthopedics.” He was the first African-American medical student at Stanford, the first black surgical resident at Yale, the first black professor of surgery at Yale, and the first black chief of service at a Harvard teaching hospital.

His book, OVERCOMING: Lessons in Triumphing over Adversity and the Power of Our Common Humanity is inspirational. Beautifully written with Jon Land and David Chanoff, it is a collection of stories of everyday heroes who found the strength to persevere through overwhelming, and, at times, life-threatening crises.

There are 20 powerful profiles of men and women from all around the U.S. They are of different races, cultures, and ethniciities, but they are united by the theme of overcoming adversity. Their stories, like the life of Dr. White, will inspire you.

About the Author

Dr. August White III is professor of orthopedics and medical education at Harvard Medical School and Professor Emeritus in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. White has pioneered the movement in U.S. and Canadian medical schools for culturally competent care and is a leading voice in the medical community’s ongoing efforts to address the significant disparities in health and healthcare suffered by African Americans and other minorities. Among his many awards is the William W. Tipton Jr. MD Leadership Award for his work as an educator, mentor and champion of diversity initiatives, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Diversity Award for his life’s work, and his contributions to his field , and the Bronze Star for his work during the Vietnam War where, as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he cared for patients in a Vietnamese leper colony, volunteered for a medical rescue mission on a non-secured mountainside, and provided a year of hard, dedicated orthopaedic care for the troops

What people are saying...

“This new book from Dr. Gus White is most timely. Natural and manmade traumas assault us as individuals and communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered our world and added to our sense of dread and loneliness. Into this reality, renowned surgeon Augustus White and two colleagues, Jon Land and David Chanoff, have ventured and extracted from the essence of the trauma experience what is most meaningful and sustaining about how we human beings inter-relate and keep each other strong. This exceptional book tells the stories of how individuals face the challenges of debilitating illness and other life crises, and how these challenges reveal the primary elements of our essential human resilience and ability to overcome the hard challenges we all inevitably face in our lives.”

—Dr. Gregory Fricchione, Associate Chief of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital


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