HOSA E-magazine Spring 2015 - page 4

HOSA Welcomes NLC Opening Night Keynoter
Dr. Sampson Davis
“Dedication, Determination and Discipline”
HOSA welcomes Dr. Sampson Davis to the Opening General Session on Wednesday,
June 24 at 7:30 PM to be the NLC keynoter. He has agreed to stay after the session to
autograph his best selling books so don’t forget to bring the two medical reading
books from your classroom to be signed.
Living and Dying in Brick
City, a current medical reading book, is a riveting personal explora-
tion of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by Dr. Davis, who grew up
in the very neighborhood he is now serving.
In this book, Dr. Davis looks at the health crisis in the inner city from a rare perspective: as a
doctor who works on the front line of emergency medical care in the community where he
grew up, and as a member of that community who has faced the same challenges as the people he treats every day. He
also offers invaluable practical advice for those living in such communities, where conditions like asthma, heart disease,
stroke, obesity, and AIDS are disproportionately endemic.
The Pact,
a former HOSA medical reading book, is about three young doctors that grew
up in the streets of Newark, facing city life’s temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these
three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and
stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. Sampson Davis,
George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt are not only friends to this day—they are all doctors.
This is a story about the power of friendship. Of joining forces and beating the odds. A story
about changing your life, and the lives of those you love most…together.
Who is Dr. Sampson Davis?
Dr. Sampson Davis was raised as the fifth of six children in Newark, one of New Jersey's poorest cities. As a child Davis
grew-up in cramped living quarters, surrounded by fragmented families, crime and drugs. Still, he was a good student,
able to strike the fragile balance between being smart yet socially acceptable on the streets. It was this combination of
skills, Davis says, that were most critical to his survival.
Davis has appeared on numerous talk and radio shows including
Oprah, TODAY, The View, Michael Baisden
Tavis Smiley, Dr. Oz
and NPR as well as numerous print publications.
Ms. Winfrey also delivered the highest honor naming Davis, “The Premiere Role Mod-
el of the World”. Davis was honored in 2000 with the Essence Lifetime Achievement
Award and also named one of their forty most inspirational African Americans in the
country. He is the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association’s
highest honor.
Today, Davis spends his time practicing medicine and traveling the country delivering
keynote speeches with timely messages. Davis believes it is important to give educa-
tion a sense of style and fashion. Graduating with honors, Davis received his bache-
lor’s degree from Seton Hall University, his medical degree from Robert Wood John-
son Medical School and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the same
hospital where he was born, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Today, Davis is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician at several emergen-
cy departments in New Jersey. He has been a weekly correspondent on the
Joyner Morning Radio Show
and CNN where he highlighted prevalent and life-
changing medical topics. Davis has also co-authored three
New York Times
selling books entitled
The Pact
We Beat the Street
The Bond.
In 2000 during his residency, Davis along with his best friends felt the burning need to give back to communities in need,
and together created The Three Doctors Foundation. This non-profit organization offers a series of free public programs
focused upon health, education, leadership and mentoring.
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