While onboard a Delta flight from Detroit on October 9, Dr. Tamika Cross — an obstetrician/gynecologist from Houston — responded to a flight attendant's call for a physician to assist a fellow passenger in distress. After raising her hand to volunteer, Dr. Cross was asked by the flight attendant if she was an “actual physician.” To add insult to injury, the flight attendant demanded Dr. Cross produce her credentials to verify that she was, indeed, a physician.

Dr. Cross detailed her disappointment and frustration on Facebook where she noted that she “was sick of being disrespected” as a woman of color. Her story has now been shared more than 48,000 times and received over 21,000 comments. Delta, for its part, indicated that the “experience Dr. Cross has described is not reflective of Delta’s culture or the values [its] employees live out every day.” This response is woefully insufficient and inadequate. Instead of admitting their mistake, publicly apologizing to Dr. Cross, committing to implement non-discriminatory protocols, holding employees accountable for their behavior and actions, and dedicating themselves to changing the culture of their organization, Delta has chosen to defend their blatant and overtly biased practices.

We know that Dr. Cross’s experience of discrimination and bias is neither uncommon nor new. Following her post, countless women of color in medicine and healthcare detailed their stories of bias and stereotyping on Dr. Cross’s Facebook page, on Twitter, and in a variety of articles and blogposts. Dr. Cross shared what female physicians of color experience every day in this country. Their stories must serve as the imperative for change.

Black female physicians and physicians-to-be from across the Mount Sinai Health System join forces to unveil what doctors look like: Valerie Lewis-Morris, MD, Mount Sinai Downtown; Ama Alexis, MD, Mount Sinai West; Natacha Tamdji, DO, Mount Sinai Doctors Long Island; Janeen Marshall, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital (front row, from left to right) Joyce Robert, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital; Venis T. Wilder, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital; and Lisa Eiland, MD, Mount Sinai West (back row, from left to right). Not pictured: Lorna P. Gordon, MD, PharmD and Yvonne Okaka, MS2, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Today, we proudly stand with Dr. Cross in solidarity and to acknowledge, through these powerful images of Black female physicians and physicians-to-be, #WhatDoctorsLookLike.

Reena Karani, MD, MHPE

Ann-Gel Palermo, MPH, DrPH

Lisa Eiland, MD

Jessie Fields, MD

Michelle Sainté

MéLisa Best

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  1. David Muller, MD
  2. Gary Butts, MD
  3. Jamilia R. Sly, PhD
  4. M. Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, MD
  5. Crystal Johnson, DVM
  6. Cardinale B. Smith, MD, PhD
  7. Ilse Daehn, PhD
  8. Georgina Osorio, MD, MPH
  9. Linda Prine MD
  10. Melissa M. Alvarez-Downing, MD, FACS
  11. Yvonne Okaka, MS II
  12. Melynda Barnes, MD
  13. Janeen Marshall
  14. Ama Alexis, MD
  15. Joyce Robert, MD
  16. Martine Sanon, MD
  17. Miesha Frempong, MD MPH
  18. Efe Chantal Ghanney, MS IV
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  22. Crissaris Sarnelli, MD
  23. David Dayan-Rosenman, MD
  24. Monica Amoo-Achampong, MS II
  25. Tacara N. Soones, MD
  26. Caroline Cromwell MD
  27. Stella Safo, MD, MPH
  28. Lisa Eiland, MD
  29. Cristina M. Gonzalez, MD, MEd
  30. Carla Rogers-Henry, MD, MA
  31. Irene Blanco, MD MS
  32. Sheira Schlair MD, MS
  33. Natacha Tamdji, DO
  34. Venis T. Wilder, MD
  35. Jennifer Bailey, MS I
  36. Lonna P Gordon, MD, PharmD
  37. Desiree Byrd, PhD
  38. Marian Moore Gambrell, MD
  39. Valerie Lewis-Morris, MD
  40. Veronica Rivera, MD
  41. Jessica Reid-Adam, MD
  42. Nakiyah Knibbs, MD
  43. Gabriela Rodriguez Caprio, MD
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  45. Jasmine Harris, MD
  46. Jason Ogiste, MD, MPH
  47. Terrill L. Tops, MD
  48. Marlene Taylor, PA-C
  49. Susheian Kelly
  50. Andrew Coyle, MD
  51. Victoria Tang, MD MAS
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  69. Nihal Mohamed, PhD
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  80. Chris Root, MS I
  81. Adam Aponte, MD, MSc, FAAP
  82. Alison Celello, MS II
  83. Ivan Marquez, MS II
  84. Adam Aponte, MD, MSc, FAAP
  85. Natasha Anushri Anandaraja MD, MPH
  86. Jillian Palmer, MA
  87. Kay Nelsen, MD
  88. Libbey Brown, MS II
  89. Sean Neifert, MS I
  90. Emmeline Friedman, MD Candidate
  91. Nancy Yang, MS IV
  92. Allison Vise, MS III
  93. Catharine Kappauf, MS I
  94. Maria Brito, MD
  95. Katleen Lozada, MS
  96. Krupa Harishankar, MS IV
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  98. Janice L. Hanson, PhD
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  115. Rae Dong, MS III
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  149. Lillian Jin, MS II
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  154. Karen Zier, PhD
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  165. Jessica Ashley, MS I
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  175. Connie Chen, MS II
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  180. Sonia Arora, EdM
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  184. Staci Leisman, MD
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  187. Sharifa S. Nelson, MPH
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  200. Grant Russell, MBBS, PhD
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  204. Tamara Kalir, MD, PhD
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  209. Theresa Mack, MD, MPH
  210. Steven Itzkowitz, MD
  211. Barbara Furgason, MD
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  213. Matthew Swan, MD
  214. Bernadette Hillman, MD
  215. Sarah C. Nosal, MD, FAAFP
  216. Shanti Leon Guerrero, MD, MPH
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  218. Natasha Fievre, MD, FACOG
  219. Barbara J. Gutshall, MD, FACP
  220. Louis DePalo, MD
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  222. Rosalia Porcelli, DO
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  224. Jackie Mostow, MS III
  225. Brendan Bullen, MPA
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  227. Mignon R. Moore, PhD
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  236. Elise Mike, MSTP IV
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  238. Debbie Chi, MS I
  239. Naomi Weiss-Goldman, MD
  240. Robin Michaels, PhD
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  242. Raymonde Jean, MD
  243. Janice Desir, MD, MPH
  244. Ugo Ezenkwele, MD, MPH
  245. Diana Wu, MD
  246. Jessica Stern, MD
  247. Brian Rice, MS I
  248. Desiree Simpson, MD
  249. Ann Crawford-Roberts
  250. Leah J. Cribb, RN
  251. Theodore Pak
  252. Doreen Mensah, MD
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  255. Elizabeth Karin, MS III
  256. Nana Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, MD, MPH
  257. Hazel D. Glasper, DDS
  258. Evan Mullen, MS I
  259. Romelle Jones Maloney, MD
  260. Phyllis Schnepf, MS
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  263. Sylvia Morris, MD, MPH
  264. Helaine Worrell, MD
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  267. Malvin Vien, MSI
  268. Priya Krishnan, MS I
  269. Susan Rothenberg, MD
  270. Shannon Shaw, MSII
  271. Jimmy Murphy, MPH
  272. Rosanne M Leipzig MD, PhD
  273. Joseph Lurio MD, FNYAM, FAAFP
  274. Veronica Pinto Miranda, MD
  275. Edly Destine, DDS
  276. Kristina Sandquist, MSI
  277. Stuart Slavin, MD