Dr. Courtney L. Grant, a native of Evans, recently graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as a vascular surgeon.
She is the first Black woman in the history of this medical community to train under Dr. Michael E Debakey, who is known as the father of cardiovascular surgery. She also completed the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program.
Grant, the daughter of Bridget Grant and Arthur Grant, is a 2003 graduate of Lakeside High School. Becoming a doctor has been her dream since an early age. Her mother recalls how amazed she was at her daughter’s ability, even as a small child, to reason and understand complex instructions, as well as work with her hands. Grant’s first experience in the medical field was her time spent shadowing Dr. Robert Clark in Evans and participating in the Medical College of Georgia’s Summer Educational Enrichment Program.
She attended the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Grant completed a medical missionary trip to Venezuela with the Red Cross, and before entering medical school, she spent two years working for Teach For America in Houston, where she taught high school biology in an underserved community.
She went on to complete her medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Continuing her humanitarian efforts while there, she spent time in Tanzania as a medical missionary. Grant completed her surgical residency at the Inova Fairfax Medical Center in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and then returned to Houston after being accepted into one of the most prestigious fellowship programs for vascular surgery. She has accepted a vascular surgery position with a prominent north Georgia practice.