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This Texas doctor is only 9th Black woman pediatric surgeon in United States

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This Texas doctor is only 9th Black woman pediatric surgeon in United States

By Tierra Smith via

Dr. Kanika Bowen-Jallow is breaking barriers every day.

According to the American Pediatric Surgical Association, she is only the ninth Black female pediatric surgeon in the United States.

“I honestly had never thought about it before because there are so few of us, that’s always been my reality,” Bowen-Jallow told Good Morning America. “You’re just used to that.”

Bowen-Jallow says the lack of Black representation is apparent in medicine. She says it took eight years of becoming a pediatric surgeon before she met a surgeon that was Black.

“There is a sense of sadness knowing how many others like me could have attained more, without implicit bias in the world; and if minority students weren’t underrepresented in medical school,” she told Checkup…

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