SIU Med School Confers Degrees to Minority Students

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June 4, 2013

 

SIU Med School Confers Degrees to Minority Students

Fifteen minority students are among the 78 physicians in the 39th graduating class at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine.  The graduates received their diplomas during ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, in Springfield. 

Dr. Britanne Socks Doss will begin a research assistant position at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield in July. She is the daughter of Barry and Penelope Socks of Chantilly, Va., and is married to Clifford Doss from Springfield. She is a graduate of Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Va., and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. 

Dr. Raven J. Holland will enter a family medicine residency at Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale in July. She is the daughter of Lawrence Holland of Chicago and Rhonda Holland of Sauk Village. She is a graduate of Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights and Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology. 

Dr. Jeffrey B. Hubbard is the son of the late Bennie Lee and Evelyn Hubbard. He is a graduate of Jesse H. Jones Vanguard High School in Houston, Texas, and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s in physiology. 

Dr. Stacy A. Jefferson will begin a master of public health program in epidemiology. She is the daughter of Andrew Jr. and Mary Jefferson of Normal. She is a graduate of Normal Community West High School and Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where she earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Dr. Natasha Kyte will enter an internal medicine-primary care residency at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., in July. She is the daughter of Dennis and Carolyn Kyte of Walnut, Calif. She is a graduate of Bishop Amat High School in LaPuente, Calif., and the University of California -Davis, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biological science.

Dr. Safiya D. McNeese is the daughter of Dr. Wesley and LaVern McNeese of Springfield. She has two children, Zakiya Hill (14 years old) and Vincent Hill (12 years old). She is a graduate of Kankakee High School and the University of Illinois Springfield, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Dr. DeAnn E. Moore will enter a pediatrics residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Newark, N.J., in July. She is the daughter of Daniel W. Moore of East Orange, N.J, and Sandra V. Gill of Colorado Springs, Colo. She is a graduate of Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colo., and Xavier University of Louisiana, in New Orleans, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology, pre-medicine. 

Dr. Tolulope T. Oke will enter a family medicine residency at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie in July. She is the daughter of Yemi Oke of Lagos State, Nigeria and the late Yele Oke. She is married to Edobor Efam from Benin City, Nigeria, and they have one child, Ayomikun Efam (3 years old). Oke is a graduate of Queen's College in Lagos, Nigeria and Illinois State University, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry. 

Dr. Rosemary Owusu will enter a pediatrics residency at SIU School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals in Springfield in July. She is the daughter of George Owusu of Bronx, N.Y., and Irene Pokuah of Kumasi, Ghana. She is a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in New York City and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Aisha T. Pitts is the daughter of Denetrice Hill of Chicago. She is a graduate of Thornton Township High School in Harvey and Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and Spanish.

Dr. Keisha L. Powell will enter a psychiatry residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals in Springfield in July. She is the daughter of Barbara Powell of Chicago. She is married to Pedro Martinez-Bravo from Chicago and they have two children, Dominique Martinez-Powell (14 years old) and Yasmin Martinez-Powell (10 years old). Powell is a graduate of Lincoln Park High School in Chicago and DePaul University in Chicago, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. 

Dr. Alexis Rivera will enter a pediatrics residency at SIU School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals in Springfield in July. She is the daughter of Luis and Deborah Rivera of Mt. Vernon, N.Y. She is a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology.

Dr. Amanda Velazquez will enter an internal medicine residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in July. Velazquez is the daughter of Rudy and Nancy Velazquez of Oak Park. She is a graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition. 

Dr. Vance M. Washington is the son of Tony and Gloria Washington of Vallejo, Calif. He is a graduate of Vallejo High School and San Diego State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. 

Dr. Gisela K. Williams is the daughter of Eddie Williams of Beach Park and the late Kathleen Williams. She is a graduate of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest and Lake Forest College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish. 

Commencement exercises for the School’s 39th graduating class were held in the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield.  The convocation address was delivered by former Governor Jim Edgar, who was the 38th governor of Illinois, serving from 1991-99. He is currently a distinguished fellow with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. The medical degrees were conferred by Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, dean and provost of the medical school, and candidates were presented by Dr. Erik Constance, associate dean for student affairs and admissions.

Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine is based in Carbondale and Springfield and focused on the health care needs of downstate Illinois. It is specifically oriented to educating physicians prepared to practice in Illinois communities and has graduated 2,550 physicians since the first class in 1975. Its website is www.siumed.edu.

Note to media:  Photos of graduates are posted online at www.siumed.edu/news/grad13.html or available on request via phone or publicaffairs@siumed.edu.

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