The University of Chicago Medicine’s Level One Trauma Center benefits immensely from the presence of black doctors, who bring unique perspectives and experiences to patient care. These professionals often have a deep understanding of the socio-economic and cultural factors that can impact health outcomes within the black community. Their presence helps bridge gaps in communication and trust between patients and medical professionals, ultimately leading to more effective treatment and better patient experiences.


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Furthermore, black doctors in the trauma unit serve as role models and sources of inspiration for aspiring medical professionals from underrepresented backgrounds. Their success stories challenge stereotypes and demonstrate that career paths in medicine are accessible to individuals from all walks of life. By fostering diversity within the medical field, the University of Chicago Hospital promotes equity and ensures that its workforce reflects the diverse patient population it serves.

In addition to their clinical roles, black doctors in the trauma unit often engage in community outreach and advocacy efforts aimed at addressing health disparities. They may participate in initiatives focused on preventive care, education, and access to healthcare services in marginalized communities. Through their leadership and activism, these doctors contribute to broader efforts to achieve health equity and social justice in the Chicago area and beyond.

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Enter Dr. Abdullah Hasan Pratt, an Assistant Professor and Emergency Medicine Physician at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Known as “Dee”; Dr. Pratt’s goal has always been to have a career advocating for underserved communities and addressing systemic healthcare disparities. It has been the 34 years of experiences over his lifetime as a resident of Chicago’s Southside that have shaped and guided his career to this point. He attributes this commitment to his childhood experiences witnessing the poor health conditions, premature deaths, and day to day struggles from a lack of access to proper healthcare by the people he cared about. As an Emergency Medicine physician, he continues to vigorously work to improve health literacy and emergency preparedness through teaching South-Side residents how to properly respond to cardiac arrests, gun shot wounds, and mental health crisis. This has culminated in his founding of The Medical Careers Exposure and a emergency Preparedness (MedCEEP) Initiative and the Trauma Recovery And Prevention of Violence Program (TRAP Violence).

Dr. Pratt and his programs have been recognized in a variety of ways, including a segment on Good Morning America and a national profile in STAT. He was also invited to serve as a guest representative for the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Model Communities summit with President Barack Obama. Additionally, Dr. Pratt has garnered many awards, including the 2023 UChicago MBSAA Distinguished Alumni Award for Early Achievement. In 2021, he was named an Associate Junior Faculty Scholar for the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Pratt was recently recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Emerging Leaders, and was honored to keynote the 2023 annual the Bowman Society lecture this past July.

It’s a must we continue to highlight those like Dr.Pratt in a world where athletes and musicians typically control the spotlight. A true leader and role model for communities riddled with gun violence and often a lack of hope. Superheroes don’t always wear capes.

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Shawn Grant is a Chicago native and the Senior Editor of The Source Magazine. He can only be found on Instagram and Twitter at @shawnxgrant.

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