Dr. Myiesha Taylor: From Personal Tragedy to Professional Triumph, Nominated for Yahoo ‘Women Who Shine’ Award

Dr. Myiesha Taylor founder of Artemis Medical Society

Texas physician Dr. Myiesha Taylor is a nominee for Yahoo’s ‘Women Who Shine’ award that recognizes women for outstanding contributions to society and/or their professions.

While 38-year-old Myiesha Taylor always planned to become a physician, she chose a career in emergency medicine after the tragic death of her father, Dwight, who was an innocent bystander killed in the gunfire of the 1992 L.A. riots that followed the controversial court decision in the famous Rodney King beating case.

Her medical skills have since led to a varied career, which has included working in a major trauma center in Los Angeles; volunteer work in school-based clinics in Compton, Calif.; teaching at a major medical school in Texas; and gathering medical supplies for an AIDS/HIV orphanage in Ethiopia.

Taylor now works in the emergency department of Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvale, a 70-bed acute care hospital in the Dallas area.

Most recently, Taylor used her leadership skills to form Artemis Medical Society, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit organization created to encourage women physicians of color worldwide to work together to promote an environment in medicine where they can learn from each other and support each other across all medical specialties. Artemis has more than 2,000 members.

While most physicians enter the profession to help others, few make extraordinary efforts to find people who need medical assistance or professional advice. Taylor goes out of her way to do both on a regular basis, and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, the United States and the world all benefit from her willingness to put the needs of others as a priority.

Source: Yahoo

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