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  • By Faith Mattison
    Jan 28, 2019
    "Beyond Every Wall" will touch hearts and minds. Dr. Scantelbury shares not only an authentic journey from humble beginnings to amazing achievement, but speaks in the vivid voice of a gifted writer. Her straightforward, refreshingly honest style details challenges and victories, but leaves no time to whine or gloat. Simply an inspiration.
  • By marjorie snee
    Jan 15, 2019
    An honest and inspirational memoir that reflects the struggles of all women for equality in pay, professional respect and advancement. Dr. Scantlebury's words are peppered with excitement and hope. An easy read with a powerful message for men and women alike. We all have something to learn from Dr. Scantlebury's journey. Faith, hope, dedication and love of family are intertwined throughout. Enjoy!
  • By Terina Williams
    Dec 31, 2018
    This is a very inspirational book. Beyond Every Wall is an account of the struggles Dr Scantlebury faced on her quest to becoming the first black female transplant surgeon. Failure was not an option in her journey. Dr Scantlebury credits her mentors for their roles but most of all she gives credit to her faith in God. She conquered those walls victoriously!
  • By John Fung
    Dec 7, 2018
    Dr. Scantlebury traces her successful career as the first black female transplant surgeon through the neighborhoods in Bridgetown Barbados, to the streets of New York, to the operating rooms of the transplant mecca of the world, to the deep South and back to the Northeast. Although she credits much of her success to her faith, she tells a story of personal determination, industry, commitment, setback and victory. Behind her success were those that reinforced her beliefs that she could succeed. Her parents had a profound influence in nurturing her academic development in a strict British oriented educational system before taking the family to New York City. There, she would face the stereotypes of being black in America but learned to face those challenges with hard work, support from caring mentors and a little luck. With education as the foundation for her climb to success, she excelled at school and earned her admission to medical school, then on to surgery residency and fellowship.... More > Faced with setbacks and roadblocks, she overcame gender and career stereotypes and other barriers that would lead her to new opportunities, both professionally and personally. I was fortunate to have worked along side Dr. Scantlebury for more than 10 years and can attest that her recollections of her time in Pittsburgh were hauntingly accurate (although some names have been changed to protect identities). She reached the pinnacle of achievements there, being recognized as one of the most skilled pediatric liver transplant surgeons at the University of Pittsburgh. The kudos, awards and recognitions bestowed on her were not about her color or gender, but about her sacrifice and perseverance in becoming a great surgeon and caring physician while being a wonderful wife and mother. The allegory of “The Wall” is aptly brought out throughout her story. First as a yellow stoned wall along a cemetery in Barbados, and then ethereally to include walls of gender and race, physical and mental ailments, family conflicts and institutional failures, she learned to face those walls with grace and overcome them. Thus the title of the book: “Beyond Every Wall”, is a personal account of how those walls altered the author’s life in her strive in “Becoming the First Black, Female Transplant Surgeon”.< Less
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Dr. Velma Scantlebury
December 7, 2018
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.94 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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