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Dr. Sampson Davis
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New Jersey, USA
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PROFILE
  • One of Essence magazine’s 40 most inspirational African Americans and winner of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award at age 27.
  • A member of the Three Doctors, a determined trio who made a successful pact to rise from poverty in urban Newark and become physicians.
  • Dedicated role model and firm believer in our need to glamorize and glorify educational success.

Dr. Sampson Davis is living proof that street smarts and academic skills are not mutually exclusive. Growing up as the fifth of six children in a Newark, New Jersey neighborhood riven by poverty, fragmented families, crime, and drugs, Dr. Davis had bigger dreams – and he knew he needed support to achieve them. In high school he made a pact with two friends, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins. The three boys promised each other they all would become doctors. All three successfully fulfilled their pact. Today, Dr. Davis is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician at St. Michaels Medical Center in his hometown of Newark.

Dr. Davis believes that we must glorify and glamorize education if others are to achieve similar success. Students need role models – leaders they can look to for guidance and as models. Dr. Davis feels honored to provide such a model. With Drs. Hunt and Jenkins he’s established The Three Doctors Foundation, a non-profit organization offering health, education, leadership and mentoring programs geared toward communities in need. He has also co-authored the best-selling books The Pact, We Beat the Street, and The Bond, sharing wisdom and lessons learned in hopes others will be able to emulate the Three Doctors’ experiences.

A graduate of Seton Hall University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Davis finished his residency in Emergency Medicine at the hospital where he was born – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Davis’ latest book, Living & Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home, shares the insights he has gained into the importance of preventative medicine in developing healthier communities.

Dr. Davis was honored with the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, when he was just 27 years old. He was also named one of the magazine’s forty most inspirational African Americans. He is the youngest physician to receive the Scroll of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the American Medical Association.

An engaging and inspiring speaker, Dr. Davis has appeared on television and radio programs including Oprah, Dr. Oz, The Today Show, The View, PBS News Hour, Tavis Smiley, and NPR as well as in print publications including Readers Digest, O Magazine, People, Washington Post, NY Times, USA Today, Vibe, and Black Enterprise. He enjoys sharing his message that his three “D”s – Dedication, Determination, and Discipline – are necessary keys to success.

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ON SPEAKING
Dr. Sampson DavisI encourage my audiences to find like-minded individuals to formulate a network similar to what my two friends and I did when we made our pact [to become doctors].

Dr. Sampson Davis
What do you want people to learn / take away from your presentations?
Dr. Sampson Davis
I want the audience to leave my presentations feeling inspired and moved to take action. Whether it is in pursuit of a dream or helping to lend a hand to another, I want all in attendance to feel a need to move immediately and swiftly with next steps in achieving their purpose. If I am able to serve as a spark in that moment then my purpose has been fulfilled.

I encourage my audiences to find like-minded individuals to formulate a network similar to what my two friends and I did when we made our pact [to become doctors]. I want to help audiences prevent naysayers from entering their space. Turn them away. Let the haters hate while you believe in you and your mission. And once you have achieved your goal, never forget to give back. One of the greatest joys in life is paying it forward. It is a simple action that enriches your world beyond measures.

Dr. Sampson Davis
What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event? How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?
Dr. Sampson Davis
I do a great deal of reading; biographies and relevant materials to stay current and to enhance my knowledge. I am active on social media and interact with similar ambitious minds. During my travels, I listen to music and review my notes in preparation for an event. Overall, the most important step I take in preparation is during the talk itself. I lose myself in the moment and allow myself to become one with the audience. I am good at connecting and delivering talks that resonate with everyone in attendance.
Dr. Sampson Davis
Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements / unusual situations arise while on the road?
Dr. Sampson Davis
I always leave an event feeling like it was my best speech ever. I have been honored and humbled in receiving tremendous testimonials from all ages and types of clients.

I had one parent approach me during a talk and told me her 8-year-old son reminded her every day that I would be appearing at a venue on a certain date. He went as far as to hang a picture of my two friends and me on his bedroom wall. A grandmother once told me that right next to the Bible on her nightstand was a copy of my book, The Pact. Students have emphatically and convincingly told me they hate to read but they finished one of my books – reading it cover to cover.

And then there is the excitement after a talk with individuals rushing the stage for individual or group photos. Some ask me to sign their books, scraps of paper, notebooks, book bags, sweaters, jackets, t-shirts, and even body parts (an arm being the obvious choice). Young people have changed lyrics in songs and replaced them with my name or “Brick City,” or The Pact or three doctors, demonstrating their talent in incorporating a positive message with a rhythmic tune.

Educators have expressed appreciation to me for writing a book that students are excited to read. Some teachers have even made displays of my 3 D’s in their school hallways and carved out life size cardboard images of me in my white lab coat and stethoscope.

These are a few reflections that I carry with me and they continue to energize me during my travels. It is a joy and an honor to experience the excitement from audiences and each moment is permanently filed in my memory.

Each audience is different and I focus on what is important to the listeners, whether it is a college student or business professional. Everyone needs inspiration and motivation and I take great pride in delivering that type of message.

Dr. Sampson Davis
What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?
Dr. Sampson Davis
All audiences benefit from an inspirational moment. I do see a natural fit with high schools, colleges and graduate schools. I also experience a strong connection with community, professional, educational, health, business, pharmaceutical, and social-related organizations.

I have served as keynote for The Boys and Girls Club, Costco, Prudential, Booz Allen Hamilton, Thrivent Financial, hundreds of colleges, universities and high schools delivering themed speeches, commencement talks, first year experiences and community-wide readings. I have also taken part in countless annual gala experiences. Each audience is different and I focus on what is important to the listeners, whether it is a college student or business professional. Everyone needs inspiration and motivation and I take great pride in delivering that type of message.

Dr. Sampson Davis
Which of your keynote speaking topics are your favorites and why?
Dr. Sampson Davis
My favorite topic would have to be educational based. It is important to make education fashionable and impress upon today’s youth the importance of achieving academic success. It is vital to their livelihood and the progression of our Nation.
Dr. Sampson Davis
How much do case studies, personal stories and/or humor factor into your keynote speech content?
Dr. Sampson Davis
I share something personal in every speech I deliver. I believe in connecting and being relatable to the audience. I am a flawed human like everyone else, and once I share that aspect, the audience knows that I am real.

I use stats and case studies to drive home a point; whether it is a high school drop out rate of 1.2 million students a year or a medical statistic, these numbers are important. And yes, a bit of humor goes a long way in making a speech memorable. Who doesn’t like to laugh? If I’m successful, even in the smallest way possible in reaching and connecting with a group, I feel like I am living out my purpose, my passion in life.

Dr. Sampson Davis
What are some of the successes you've helped clients make?
Dr. Sampson Davis
After a speech, many students reach out to me via social media to ask for advice on school, as well as their career and life paths. I’ve helped many individuals find that “thing” that spoke to them as an individual. In that space, I have served as a counselor and mentor lending suggestions and approaches to goals.

I’ve helped countless medical students with preparation for medical board exams as well as discovering their specialty. Through conversation, I’ve been able to help many find their calling, their passion.

Many people are looking to manage their personal health better. I’ve been able to help serve as a catalyst to those looking to take charge of their health in understanding, managing and finding the right team of doctors.

And last, across the board, I’ve been able to spark audiences of all ages and backgrounds to be the best they can be. Some people that have attended my speeches have gone back to school, applied for a job promotion, changed their career path and/or decided to lend support to another. Ultimately whatever the trepidation was prior, I’ve been able to encourage the person to move forward, erase fear and start pursing the life they want right now. It is a great blessing and honor to be a part of a person’s manifestation.

PROGRAMS

Dr. Sampson Davis is inspiration personified – on purpose. He believes education needs a face. Students need to witness concrete personalities they can identify with and draw upon for strength and inspiration. Sports stars, musicians, and even leading business figures serve as “faces” for their professions. Inspiring students to overcome obstacles requires that education, too, have a “face,” and he is honored to serve as a “face” for educational achievement.

Dr. Davis’ engaging presentations bring real-world perspective to the worlds of education, public health, and the choices we all make about how we live our lives. A firm believer that there is no such thing as good and bad luck – just good and bad choices – Dr. Davis offers accessible advice on how to optimize good choices and overcome bad ones.

In addition, Dr. Davis’ years of service as an emergency room physician in his Newark community equip him to offer insightful commentary on the ways preventive health contributes to the vitality of a community. His resulting combination of strengths offers unique benefits for anyone seeking a deeply informed commentator on contemporary urban society and its challenges.

Suggested Program Titles:

    Living & Dying in Brick City: An ER Doctor Returns Home

    The Future of Medical Care

    The Medical Gap

BEST-SELLING BOOKS

Living and Dying in Brick City

Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home
A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their book The Pact and their work through the Three Doctors Foundation have inspired countless young men and women to strive for goals they otherwise would not have dreamed they could attain. In this book, Dr. Davis looks at the healthcare crisis in the inner city from a rare perspective: as a doctor who works on the front line of emergency medical care in the community where he grew up, and as a member of that community who has faced the same challenges as the people he treats every day. He also offers invaluable practical advice for those living in such communities, where conditions like asthma, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and AIDS are disproportionately endemic.

Dr. Davis’s sister, a drug addict, died of AIDS; his brother is now paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair as a result of a bar fight; and he himself did time in juvenile detention—a wake-up call that changed his life. He recounts recognizing a young man who is brought to the E.R. with critical gunshot wounds as someone who was arrested with him when he was a teenager during a robbery gone bad; describes a patient whose case of sickle-cell anemia rouses an ethical dilemma; and explains the difficulty he has convincing his landlord and friend, an older woman, to go to the hospital for much-needed treatment. With empathy and hard-earned wisdom, Living and Dying in Brick City presents an urgent picture of medical care in our cities. It is an important resource guide for anyone at risk, anyone close to those at risk, and anyone who cares about the fate of our cities.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Exclusive Interview Dr. Sampson Davis
“It is important to make education fashionable and impress upon today’s youth the importance of achieving academic success. It is vital to their livelihood and the progression of our Nation. ”

Dr. Sampson Davis discusses:

  • Some of the main challenges and opportunities faced in healthcare today.
  • Healthcare technology trends you see emerging within the next ten years.
  • Ways of improving healthcare for the poorest communities.
  • How to keep motivated pursuing your goal.
  • The importance of education.
  • The three D’s of success.

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