Dinee Simpson knew she wanted to be a surgeon, but it was a rotation with a transplant surgery team during her residency that led her down the path to become a transplant surgeon. During her pregnancy with her second child, Dr. Simpson admitted that she almost quit during her training. However, she was driven to show her two boys that women can be surgeons; women are equal to men, and can do anything. Dr. Simpson became the first female African American transplant surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Watch Dr. Simpson describe how her mother's action in the Civil Rights movement inspired her to aim high: 

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