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)