Tamara O’Neal’s murder reminds many of the scarcity of African-American doctors


As hundreds mourned the loss of emergency room doctor Tamara O’Neal, many found themselves also shaking their heads at the loss of something there are too few of: black doctors.

In Illinois, about four percent of doctors are black — despite the fact more than 14 percent of Illinoisans are black, said Dr. Aisha Liferidge, an emergency physician in Washington D.C., and board member of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

“My sense is that the African-American community is generally aware of the fact
that there is a paucity of physicians of color, such that when a person of color sees an African-American physician, that individual is viewed with a great sense of respect, but more importantly, pride,” Liferidge said.

The significance of this was not lost on O’Neal, according…

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