Dr. Jennifer Ellis: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon in Washington, DC

Dr. Jennifer Ellis

Dr. Jennifer Ellis is one of only six board-certified black female cardiothoracic surgeons in the U.S.

She received her medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

A cardiothoracic surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in surgical procedures of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest.

Only about 4 percent of physicians are black.

“My father was a psychiatrist, and in my household we were encouraged to go as far as you could academically and in life.” (aamc.org)

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