Dr. Velma Scantlebury-White is a Barbadian-born American transplant surgeon. She was the first African American woman transplant surgeon of the United States. She has received many honors in her career, having been named to both the "Best Doctors in America" and "Top Doctors in America" lists multiple times, most recently in 2018 and 2019.
Dr. Scantlebury has been awarded the Woman of Spirit Award for inspiring others and the "Gift of Life Award" from the National Kidney Foundation. In addition to recognition by the Caribbean American Medical and Scientific Association, she received the Order of Barbados Gold Crown of Merit, for her efforts to educate minorities about organ transplant. She has performed over 2,000 transplants and published many peer-reviewed papers.
She received her training with the renowned pioneer, Dr. Thomas Starzl, MD, PhD at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she worked her way up to associate professor of Surgery by 2002 and was recruited by the University of South Alabama (USA) as a surgical professor and as director of the USA's Gulf Coast Regional Transplant Centre . In 2008 she moved to Delaware to join the Christiana Care Health System, as Associate Director of the Kidney Transplant Program and Director of Outpatient Services, serving until 2020.
Dr. Scantlebury has been involved with the need to educated minority communities regarding the need for more organ donors and the rising number of patients in need of transplantation. She has worked with National MOTTEP (Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Educational Program), promoting education regarding the higher incidence of renal failure and the need for dialysis within the African American community.
She has also served on the Board of Donate Life America, and currently is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Gift of Life, here in Philadelphia PA.
Dr. Scantlebury continues to mentor young students, both high school, college and medical school and is actively involved in her community through her volunteer work with the Wilmington Chapter of the Links, Inc, as well as an Honorary Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Wilmington DE chapter.
Dr. Scantlebury is married to Dr. Harvey White, a Professor at University of Delaware, and is the mother of 2 young ladies, Akela and Aisha White.