#BlackEmpowerment Dr. KMarie King To Become First Black Woman Chair Of Surgery At U.S. Academic Health Center

By Duchess Magazine

The narrative is changing with black women standing at the helm of affairs in different spheres and yes, we love to see it!

Dr. KMarie King recently recorded a historic feat in the medical field by being appointed chair of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Surgery at Albany Medical Center.

Dr. King who currently serves as chief of surgery and medical director for surgical quality at Grady Memorial Hospital and a professor at Morehouse School of Medicine becomes the first Black woman to attain the position as Chair of Surgery at an academic health sciences center in the U.S.

An excited Dr. King took to Twitter to express her excitement about her new role. “Words cannot express how delighted I am today of the announcement to lead the Dept of Surgery @AlbanyMed,” she posted. “The connection I felt with everyone I met made it seem ordained. I am humbled by the honor and am filled with gratitude. Thank you all for celebrating with me!”

The Army veteran officially assumes the role at Albany Med in Albany, N.Y. on September 1, 2021, according to reports.

She succeeds Steven Stain, M.D.

Dr. King, an Washington University alum, did her residency training in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and earned a master’s degree in biomedical science at the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic where she also completed her fellowship training.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the American College of Surgeons and sits on the boards of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

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