INDIVIDUAL Spotlight On :
Dr. Lattisha Bilbrew
Dr. Lattisha Bilbrew is an Orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in Hand and Upper Extremity surgery and the first Black women Orthopaedic Surgeon to become a partner at Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Bilbrew was born in Birmingham, England as were her parents. Her grandparents were farmers in Jamaica and migrated to England shortly after World War II. Only one generation removed from farming in the mountains of Trelawney and cleaning hospital bed linens in England, Dr. Bilbrew became the first physician in her family. Her motivating catalyst for becoming a physician was watching the mistreatment of her grandmother in an English hospital. Though her first observation of a hospital setting was witnessing racial disparities within a health care system, she was determined to be the antithesis of the physicians she observed.
In 1995 she migrated to the United States with her family to begin her journey to becoming a doctor. She earned her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Chemistry at The University of Miami in Miami, Florida, and her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her orthopaedic residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and completed her fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation as Fellow in Hand, Elbow, Shoulder and Microsurgery. Her research interests focus on diversity and inclusion within orthopaedic surgery and includes a publication on the impact of racial differences in the treatment and evaluation of carpal tunnel surgery. During her time in Fellowship, she became involved with a non–profit organization known as “Hands for Love.” Each year she volunteers with the weekend camp aimed toward child with upper limb differences, founded by her mentor Dr. Paul C. Dell.