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A UCLA surgeon’s mission to share critical health care advances with underserved communities



UCLA CTSI News Archive

Dr. Sha'shonda Revels, UCLA thoracic surgeon, and Pastor Rhonda Holbert, founder of Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry

For Sha'shonda Revels, MD, health equity begins with communication, trust and understanding.

Dr. Revels traces the path to her current position – assistant professor at the UCLA Division of Thoracic Surgery – and her passion for advancing health care equity, to her roots in rural Arkansas.

She saw family members with serious medical problems travel one to two hours to get the care they needed. She once saw her grandmother refuse a critical surgical procedure because she was suspicious of doctors and hospitals, owing to the nation's dark history of using Black Americans for medical experiments.

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Dr. Revels is a 2022 CTSI RCMAR/CHIME awardee.