Award-Winning Author & Speaker, Dr. Sampson Davis, Comes to WPU, Wednesday, Sept. 6th
William Peace University is proud to welcome award-winning author and speaker, Dr. Sampson Davis, to campus on Wednesday, September 6th. Dr. Davis is the author of “Living and Dying in Brick City,” which served as the summer reading assignment for the incoming first-year students of WPU. Dr. Davis will present and speak with first-year students at 7 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium as part of the University’s First Year Seminar program, designed to acclimate incoming students to the WPU community and college experience.
Dr. Davis was raised as the fifth of six children in Newark, one of New Jersey’s poorest cities. As a child Davis grew-up in cramped living quarters, surrounded by fragmented families, crime and drugs. Still, he was a good student, able to strike the fragile balance between being smart yet socially acceptable on the streets. It was this combination of skills, Davis says, that were most critical to his survival.
While attending University High School in Newark, Davis met two fellow students who together made a promise to become doctors. Davis and his two childhood friends each successfully fulfilled their pact and today Davis is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Today, Davis practices emergency medicine at several hospitals in New Jersey.
In February 2013, Davis released his newest book, “Living & Dying in Brick City.” In addition to discussing Davis’ riveting medical stories and experiences in the ER, the book also offers preventative suggestions as a means of supporting healthier communities.
Davis has appeared on numerous talk and radio shows including Oprah, TODAY, Dr. Oz, PBS News Hour, The View, Scott Simon NPR, Tavis Smiley Show, as well as print publications including but not limited to, Readers Digest, O Magazine, People, Washington Post, NY Times, USA Today and Parade.
Davis was honored in 2000 with the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award and also named one of their 40 most inspirational African Americans in the country. He is the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association’s highest honor, The Scroll of Merit, and was previously honored on 2009 BET Awards.
Graduating with honors, Davis received his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the same hospital where he was born, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Davis has been a weekly contributor on the Tom Joyner Morning Radio Show and a frequent guest on CNN and Today Show highlighting prevalent and life-changing medical topics. Davis has also co-authored three New York Times best-selling books entitled “The Pact,” “We Beat the Street” and “The Bond.”
Davis, along with his best friends, created The Three Doctors Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers a series of free public programs focused upon health, education, leadership and mentoring.
Wednesday, Sept. 6th, 2017
Event Closed to the Public