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

Dr. Kanika Bowen-Jallow breaks barriers every day.

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

“To be honest, I had never thought about it because we are so few, that has 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 evident in medicine. She says it took eight years to become a pediatric surgeon before meeting a black surgeon.


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

The Texas native graduated with her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and received a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

She then trained as a pediatric surgeon for nine years, including completing a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.


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