Sunnyvale physician named a 2012 culture definer

Dr. Myiesha Taylor

The HBCU Digest, a daily blog and news resource that provides stories and commentary about the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, recognized Dr. Myiesha Taylor in its Digest 50, a year-end review of the names and headlines that defined HBCU culture in 2012. Taylor received praise for her We Are Doc McStuffins campaign.

Taylor, an emergency medicine specialist at Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvale and an alumna of the historically black Xavier University of Louisiana, started the campaign to support Disney Junior’s new television cartoon “Doc McStuffins.” The show spotlights a 6-year-old African-American girl who dreams of a career as a physician, and Taylor shared her delight of the show on her own blog, http://www.CoilyEmbrace.com and via Facebook, and collected pictures of 131 African-American women physicians–many of whom are graduates of HBCUs–and sent them in a collage to Disney.

Taylor said she’s honored to be named to Digest 50.

“I believe we all have a responsibility to give back to our communities and make the world a better place,” she said. “The work my colleagues and I are doing on the We Are Doc McStuffins campaign is an effort to help make our health care system better for all Americans.”

The campaign, coupled with the international media attention it received, also led Taylor and other physicians to establish the new Fort Worth-based nonprofit corporation Artemis Medical Society. With more than 2,500 members via Facebook, Artemis provides encouragement and support to all women physicians of color.

This is the second year The HBCU Digest presents Digest 50. The full list is available at http://hbcudigest.com/the-digest-50-2012s-most-powerful-people-groups-in-hbcu-culture/.

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