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Middlesex County Chapter of the Links, Inc. honors two promising doctors and paves the way for others

Middlesex County Chapter of the Links, Inc. honors two promising doctors and paves the way for others
Links, Inc. members (L to R) Jackie Benson Jones, Juarez Farrington, Donna Norris, Jennifer DaSilva, Fred Bell, Angel Byrd, Jason Sherer and Fran Bernat at a reception dinner last November. (Photo: Don West)

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The Middlesex County Chapter of the Links, Inc. is committed to supporting the education of a new generation of African American doctors, scientists, and researchers due in large part to Dr. Anne Murray Bell, a trailblazer in the field of psychiatry. A graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Bell served as a psychiatrist at the Brockton’s Veteran’s Administration Hospital, was an assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University School of Medicine and had a private practice in clinical psychiatry in Milton.

At a recent fundraising gala held at the Four Seasons Hotel, the Middlesex Chapter of the Links honored a young woman and man who are following in Dr. Bell’s footsteps. Angel Byrd and Jason Sherer are the 2012-13 recipients of the Anne Murray Bell, M.D. Scholarship. The financial support provided by the Chapter will enable these promising doctors to continue their work in the field of medicine and thus, pave the way for others.

Angel Byrd is on her way to becoming a leader in the field of research medicine. In 2004, Angel graduated magna cum laude from Tougaloo College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and began medical school. She is currently an M.D./Ph.D. candidate in the pathobiology department at Brown University and will resume her matriculation in medical school in April 2014. Angel aspires to become a pediatric endocrinologist focusing on childhood obesity to prevent the onset of diabetes. Active in her school community and her church, Angel is committed to serving others.  

The Chapter also honored the outstanding accomplishments of Jason Sherer, a magna cum laude graduate of Hampton College and a medical student who is in his second year at the Boston University School of Medicine and due to graduate in 2015. Jason has a long-standing involvement in the Student National Medical Association and has served as a Congressional Intern dealing with health policy as a member of the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program in Washington, D.C. Jason is deeply committed to shaping policy and legislation he believes will impact the health and outcomes of minorities. He recognizes the importance of mentoring high school students, which he continues to do while also completing his residency BU’s School of Medicine.  

Founded in 1946, The Links, Inc. is an international service organization devoted to improving the quality of life for others, and the Middlesex County Chapter of the Links, Inc. is one of 275 chapters committed to service. The Anne Murray Bell, M.D. Scholarship enables promising young people to meet their educational goals and serve the broader community. Eligible college seniors or college graduates accepted to medical school are encouraged to apply for the Anne Murray Bell, M.D. Scholarship for 2013-14. The deadline is Feb. 15, 2013.

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