Meet Dr. Cross
Tamika knew at a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine as a physician, but did not exactly know the steps it took to achieve her dream. Through unique opportunities, God-sent mentorship, hard-work, and perseverance, Tamika was able to navigate the many obstacles necessary to achieve her childhood dream.
As a young doctor early in her career, Tamika found that the stereotypes and constant need to be validated did not disappear even after the 20 years of schooling she endured. One of many instances that highlighted this truth was when Tamika found herself on a plane, 30,000 feet in the air attempting to offer medical assistance to an unresponsive passenger, only to be denied access by crew members who did not believe Tamika was a doctor. After sharing her story publicly, and gaining international media attention, Tamika was able to start a viral movement of hundreds of thousands of medical professionals all over the world that joined in solidarity posting pictures of themselves with the hashtag #whatadoctorlookslike. By exemplifying the diversity amongst doctors, this movement was able to negate the myth that there is one prototype for what a doctor looks like. Beside starting an international conversation of bias in the workplace, Tamika’s story became an integral part of diversity and inclusion training of schools and companies coast to coast.
With her movement and executive meetings, she was able to implement policy change for a Fortune 100 company. Hundreds of published articles and news stories followed this viral movement for years to come. Dr. Cross’ story was shared widely in the media, to include features in Forbes, CNN, Essence Magazine, BET, The Today Show, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Dr. Cross is CEO of Serenity Women’s Health & Med Spa where she and her partner are both board-certified practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologists in the greater Houston area. Dr. Cross is a renown speaker who has traveled across the country to speak on bias in the medical field, women’s health topics, and the black maternal mortality pandemic.
She has garnered academic experience as an Assistant Professor as well as working in multiple healthcare systems, including one of the largest non-profit hospital systems in the state of Texas. She has worked on quality improvement projects and committees to aid in securing a safe environment and experience for all patients. Dr. Cross has received numerous awards for her hard work and dedication to improving her communities. She was named as Becker Hospital Review Top 60 Most Powerful People in Healthcare alongside many healthcare moguls, including former President Barack Obama.
Dr. Cross received United States Congressional Recognition for her community outreach. Her ability to identify obstacles and implement change for discrimination faced by minorities in medicine afforded her a University of Texas McGovern Medical School Faculty Senate Resolution as well. While some may dismiss the experience of Dr. Cross on first glance, as a young black female physician, she has numerable experiences throughout her journey, starting as a young girl, that have helped shape her into the young, black, female professional, entrepreneur and physician she is today. She strives to be able to continue to use her experiences to empower our youth, aspiring physicians or other minority professionals.
what a doctor looks like.”
DR. TAMIKA CROSS
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