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#WCWinSTEM: The Physicians of Artemis Medical Society

#WCWinSTEM: The Physicians of Artemis Medical Society


This week’s #WCWinSTEM are the physicians of the Artemis Medical Society, women physicians of color who mentor young aspiring female physicians.

As compiled by Chrystelle Vilfranc

This amazing group of women physicians of color make up the Artemis Medical Society. These women aim to “serve, nurture and celebrate a global sisterhood of women physicians of color.” They are able to do this through mentoring, networking and advocacy for young women of color aspiring to be physicians. They are pouring into these young ladies; thus, they are providing a foundation for creating a diverse physician workforce, which will be beneficial to society.

some of the women of artemis

Get to Know the Board Members

President: Dr. Myiesha Taylor is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician specialist and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In an effort to mentor and support women physicians of color globally, she founded Artemis Medical Society in June of 2012.  Currently Dr. Taylor is President of Artemis Medical Society which has over 3700 members with representation in every major American city, and extends to South Africa, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the Caribbean.

Vice President & Communications Holistic Wellness Speaker: Dr. Donna L. Hamilton. She has retired her white coat and stethoscope and now teaches women what it really means to be healthy and how to do it in a way that addresses their unique needs. A former board certified pediatrician, Dr. Hamilton now uses her health promotion expertise to teach wellness to adults. As a pediatrician she quickly learned the key to achieving optimal health in children: optimize the health of the adults in their lives.

Vice President – Dr. Leah Backhus is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the VA Puget Sound. Her practice consists of general thoracic surgery with special emphasis on thoracic oncology and minimally invasive surgery. She is a member of the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Vice President & Programming: Dr. Deonza N. Thymes. Dr. Thymes is a native of Los Angeles, California and a board certified Emergency Medicine physician. She is on-staff at several hospitals throughout California, though she spends most of her time at Western Medical Center Emergency Department in Anaheim, California.

Treasurer: Dr. Tonya Sweezer, who holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University – a leader in Natural Medicine education. She has been a primary care physician since 2005, and has practiced Naturopathic family medicine with Trinity Family Health Clinic and Cornerstone Family Health Clinic in the Seattle area.

Parliamentarian: Dr. Angela U. Tucker is a board certified family medicine physician and member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Angela was born and raised in small towns in Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University with an honors Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry, and subsequently attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine obtaining her MD.

Member-at-Large: Dr. Letitia Bradford is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Letitia was born and raised most of her life in California. She came from humble beginnings, even suffering homelessness during her young childhood, and entered the foster care system as a teenager, living in multiple homes throughout junior high and high school.

Member-at-Large:  Vikisha Fripp, M.D., F.A.C.S is a natural leader and has been recognized as such throughout her life. Dr. Fripp is a double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the International College of Surgeons (FICS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Women in Plastic Surgery Steering Committee, Women in Surgery committee and Association of Women Surgeons.


We would like to thank Haley Taylor Schiltz for nominating these lovely women. Please see her video below of the impact they have had on her life and that of her peers: Haley’s speech.

Thank you lovely physicians of Artemis Medical Society for all that you have done to mentor and contribute to STEM^2 (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine). 


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