Edith Mitchell, professor of medical oncology at Thomas Jefferson University and president of the National Medical Association, today was named to Ebony Magazine’s annual Power 100 List.
Mitchell – along with luminaries ranging from musician John Legend to Attorney General Loretta Lynch -- will be honored at a gala in Los Angeles on Dec. 2.
"I am elated to be chosen by Ebony Magazine and to celebrate the collective achievements of our community in this spectacular event," Mitchell said in a statement issued by the university.
Mitchell is also director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities and associate director for Diversity at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.
The list “honors the heroes of the black community,’’ Ebony says on its website, and Mitchell’s professional successes and personal story – beginning with declaring at age 3 her ambition to become a doctor -- surely meet that description.
Mitchell talked with the Inquirer’s Stacey Burling in September for this profile soon after she was named to lead the National Medical Association. The group was founded more than a century ago because other medical societies barred minority members. Still, as Mitchell explained in the interview, the need for the group continues.
"At this time, we all know that there is not racial equality in this country, and the lack of racial equality extends into health care," she said then.
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