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Since 1976, National Black History Month has had an endorsed theme as a part of the celebration. For 2022, the theme is “Black Health and Wellness.” This month’s spotlight features a small group of Black GDS Alumni who have dedicated their lives helping others through careers in these areas. 

Introducing...Dr. Brandon Jackson-Baird, MD '04

Brandon is an otolaryngologist, laryngeal surgeon (ear, nose, and throat surgeon), and Assistant Professor at University of Chicago Medicine.

Brandon’s journey to health care/academic medicine began when he was in the 6th grade at GDS. Mary Pivar, his science teacher, encouraged him to pursue science as a career. He was inspired to pursue medicine after seeing firsthand the impact that physicians have on the lives of their patients. 

“Every day is enriching. You meet new patients on a daily basis and greatly improve their quality of life, especially for patients dealing with debilitating voice disorders," said Brandon.

In addition to medicine, Brandon has always had a love for the arts. While in High School, he participated in theater with teachers Laura Rosberg and Mike D’Haviland. Additionally, Bill George, retired high school science teacher, modeled that he could have the best of both worlds. Bill served as an annual director for the “One Act” plays and taught AP Biology. “Seeing that you could have both an interest in science and the performing arts was inspiring," Brandon said.

Brandon still considers the School a very special place for him. “GDS is a phenomenal place and community. It's one of a kind.”

Watch Brandon's talk for Stanford Medical School. Brandon graduated from their School of Medicine in 2018.
Also, watch Brandon perform the National Anthem for a Chicago Bulls game.

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