- Dr Russell Ledet, 34, worked at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Louisiana as a security guard for five years
- He learned medicine on notecards and finally asked the hospital’s chief surgeon if he could shadow him for first-hand experience
- Currently Leted, who is also a veteran of the US Navy, holds a PhD in molecular oncology from New York University and a medical school in Tulane, Louisiana
- He works at the same hospital where he worked to offer back protection
- ‘Being from here and knowing a lot of health pressures and health inequalities, I wonder who is going to be if I’m not loud about it then? ‘And he said
A black doctor who saves lives in the middle of the COV-19 is a medical student working in the very same hospital where he was once a security guard. Dr. Russell Ledet, 34, served at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Louisiana as a safety guard for five years. Inspired himself to become a doctor, he learned on note cards and at the center asked doctors if he could shadow them.
Though most told him they were too busy to help, he was taken on as a mentee by Dr. Patrick Greiffenstein, the chief surgeon resident, and he jumped his career. Currently Ledet, who is also a veteran of the US Navy, holds a PhD in molecular oncology from New York University and is enrolled in both the Tulane Louisiana MBA program and medical school. ‘This is one of those points of reflection where you want to grasp how far you have come and how far you have to go,’ Ledet told Good Morning America.
Ledet says he returned to the same hospital where he started his medical career aiming to support people of color and be a mentor to the next ambitious prospective student looking to join the medical field. He also said serving the community was important to him, not too far from his ‘humble roots’ growing up at nearby Lake Charles. Despite the great strides in his career, Ledet says he still has concerns in the wake of officer and the BLM movement, given the tense climate in the country.