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‘Overcoming the Odds’

By on August 4, 2016

Dr. Antonio Webb has been on an amazing journey and has a story to tell. Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, he grew up around poverty, gangs, violence and drugs. His family was split in half as several members were sent to jail for various offenses.

By 2001, several of his childhood friends went to prison or the cemetery but despite the grim statistics and odds, Webb focused on school and went on to pursue a career in medicine. Unable to afford college, the future physician enlisted on Active Duty Air Force at the age of 17 and ended up spending 8 years in the military including a tour to Iraq as a combat medic in 2005.

And after several attempts of applying to medical school and several rejections, an offer from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC came in 2010 and in 2014, the veteran became Dr. Webb earning a Doctorate of Medicine degree.
Today, Dr. Antonio Webb is completing his residency at the University of Texas, San Antonio, specializing in Orthopedic Surgery. But that isn’t enough for the tireless and disciplined doctor. He’s putting the finishing touches on his first book, his life story, aptly titled Overcoming the Odds, and is frequently sought after for inspirational speaking engagements.
“I just published my first book titled, “Overcoming the odds”which details my tempestuous path of growing up in the rough streets of Louisiana and despite the odds, successfully becoming a physician and surgeon.”
Dr. Webb says his passions include mentoring, writing, surgery and giving back to my community. My future plan is to expand and create more programs such as the Fair Park Medical Magnet program in Louisiana that ultimately kept me off the rough streets and changed my trajectory in life.
He volunteers to help because he says it is important for students to know “If I can do it, they can, too.” Webb says his proudest moment would be when he encounters a student in later years who says, “I am in medical school because of you.”

It’s been a long road from impoverished child in a dangerous environment to decorated soldier and award-winning medic, and Antonio Webb, MD is aware of the amazing journey that has been his life. “I don’t take anything for granted,” he says. “I know I am incredibly blessed.”

Healthyblackmen.org is very proud to have Dr. Webb as a content contributor.