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Dr. Sampson Davis

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Emergency Physician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Always Use The Three D's: Dedication, Determination, and Discipline.

Birthplace

Born:
1/19/1973
Birth Location:
Newark, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Emergency Physician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Always Use The Three D's: Dedication, Determination, and Discipline.

Birthplace

Born:
1/19/1973
Birth Location:
Newark
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Biography

Dr. Sampson Davis was born in Newark, New Jersey, on January 19, 1973. He was the fifth of six children, and after graduating from University High, a magnet school in Newark, he went on to attend Seton Hall University. Davis was accepted into the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and received his medical degree in 1999 at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Things were not easy for Davis growing up. He lived in an area of high crime and poverty, surrounded by drug use and gangs. Davis, along with his friends Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins, decided they wanted something more from life and set out to become doctors. They formed a tight-knit group, studying together throughout high school and later attended college together. All three were accepted to medical school, and they all succeeded in their shared dream to become doctors. Today, Davis is the attending emergency room physician at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, the same hospital where he was born. He also tours the country speaking to youths about the opportunities available to them other than gangs.

Davis, Hunt and Jenkins are known as the Three Doctors, and they have written a book about their experiences, The Pact: Three Young Men Make A Promise and Fulfill A Dream, which spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He is also a co-founder of the Three Doctors Foundation, which brings health education and mentoring to inner-city youth. Davis and the other doctors have been featured in People, Reader's Digest and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2000, Davis and his friends were honored with an Essence Award.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Sampson Davis' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Sampson Davis lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his parents' family histories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Sampson Davis talks about listening to his father's family stories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his parents' separation and his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his childhood in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his childhood personality and how it conflicted with what was expected of him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes how he made money for his family following his parents' separation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Sampson Davis reflects upon how getting arrested for armed robbery turned his life around
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his experience at Dayton Street Grammar School and in the Dayton Street Projects in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes enrolling at University High School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes meeting HistoryMakers Dr. George Jenkins and Dr. Rameck Hunt at University High School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his pact with HistoryMakers Dr. Rameck Hunt and Dr. George Jenkins, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his pact with HistoryMakers Dr. Rameck Hunt and Dr. George Jenkins, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his indifference about being a doctor until his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his family's support while he was studying to become a doctor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes how his pact with HistoryMakers Dr. George Jenkins and Dr. Rameck Hunt prevented him from quitting medical school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes the educational disadvantages he faced
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his decision to do his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes how he felt when he returned to Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes serving as a role model in his old neighborhood and emphasizes the importance of education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes the process of co-writing his book "The Pact" with HistoryMakers Dr. George Jenkins and Dr. Rameck Hunt
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes the influence that the "Autobiography of Malcolm X" had on his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes the responsibility that doctors have to be involved in their communities before emergencies happen
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes his experience with the Three Doctors Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Sampson Davis reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Sampson Davis describes how he would like to be remembered