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Dr. Velma Scantlebury, the first female African-American transplant surgeon,

to speak during TCC Black History Month, February 2007


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Jan. 8, 2007) – Dr. Velma Scantlebury, the first African- American female transplant surgeon, will share her life story with the Hampton Roads community as part of a series of programs hosted by Tidewater Community College in celebration of Black History Month 2007, Feb. 1-28.


Scantlebury, professor of surgery and director of transplantation services at the University of South Alabama’s Gulf Coast Regional Transplant Center, will explore how to be an agent of change. She will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Martin Building, room 2502, on TCC’s Norfolk Campus, and again on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Waterfront Conference Room on TCC’s Portsmouth Campus. This free, public program is sponsored by TCC’s Women’s Center, and is also a part of its Spring 2007 program series, Women Changing the World.


A pioneering physician, Scantlebury has performed more than 200 living donor kidney transplants and more than 500 deceased donor kidney transplants in children and adults. Renowned in the world of medicine, she was selected as one of the Nation’s Top Doctors in America for 2004, and was also named one of the Best Doctors in America for 2003. She received the National Kidney Foundation’s Gift of Life Award for her work with kidney transplantation and minorities. Scantlebury also was named a National Inductee for the 2003 United Negro College Fund’s Hall of Fame Achiever Award.

For campus maps, directions and a full list of TCC’s Black History Month events, visit, or call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122.




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit