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Trailblazing Excellence: Raymonda Stevens and Chase Stevens

April 2024

A Mother-Daughter Duo Making an Impact in Medicine

Spelman Alumna Raymond StevensIn the heart of Madison, Indiana, at Norton King’s Daughters’ Health Hospital, Raymonda Stevens, M.D., C'92, is making strides in healthcare and changing lives. A distinguished fellow in diagnostic radiology specializing in breast imaging, she brings over two decades of expertise to her practice and her unwavering commitment to serving under-served communities and advocating for inclusive healthcare practices has earned her recognition as a leader in her field.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Chase Stevens, M.D., C'2019, is making waves of her own in psychiatry and is being applauded for her dedication to understanding and uplifting marginalized communities. Together, the mother and daughter duo epitomize Spelman College’s legacy of excellence, compassion and service in the medical profession.

Thriving at the Intersection of Technology and Patient Care

Dr. Raymonda Stevens' journey began with a spark ignited at Spelman where she found herself drawn to the intersection of technology and patient care.

"My decision to pursue a career in radiology was influenced by the blend of technological innovation and direct patient care," Dr. Raymonda reflects. "Radiologists play a critical role in healthcare from early diagnosis to ongoing treatment."

Driven by a desire to address healthcare disparities, particularly in underserved communities, she has dedicated her career to serving those in need. "I am acutely aware of the disparities in healthcare access that disproportionately affect underserved communities," she notes.

"Working in a small community hospital, I strive to provide access to the advanced medical imaging that can significantly improve health outcomes." Spelman played a pivotal role in shaping her approach to healthcare. 

Large Blue Quote LeftAt Spelman, I was immersed in an environment that emphasizes leadership, social responsibility, and the empowerment of Black women," she shares. "Spelman motivated me to advocate for and implement change towards more inclusive and effective healthcare practices. The rigorous academic and supportive community also instilled in me the confidence and resilience to navigate the journey."

She earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is married to Judge Olu Stevens, Morehouse class of 1992. They have two children: Miles Stevens, Morehouse class of 2017, a Morehouse professor of economics; and Dr. Chase.

Spelman Alumnae Raymonda and Chase Stevens

As a beacon of inspiration for aspiring medical professionals, Dr. Raymonda spoke to Health Career Program students during the 2017-2018 academic year when Spelman launched its first health informatics course -- a required core course in the health science major curriculum.  During her talk, she described how electronic medical records allows her to read radiologic films from home and interface with multiple health care entities in a given day.

Today, Dr. Raymonda offers sage advice to current Spelman students:

"Medicine is a demanding field that requires a strong work ethic and a commitment to continuous learning. Strive for distinction in your studies, engage with your professors, and seek their mentorship. And if you are ever uncertain or start to lose your motivation, don’t underestimate the power of just showing up."

Chasing Excellence. Fulfilling a Generational Dream

Spelman Alumna Chase StevensUpholding the torch of compassion and excellence is Chase Stevens, M.D., C'2019, who is forging her own path but faithfully following in her mother's footsteps as a proud alumna of Spelman and medical professional. With a passion for medicine instilled early on by her mother's example, Dr. Chase embodies the values of service and dedication.

Together, this mother-daughter duo stands as a testament to the transformative power of education, mentorship, and the unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

During her sophomore year, Dr. Chase shared that she appreciated the benefits of critiques and high standards, which shaped her academic growth. Her involvement in community outreach, tutoring and research further underscored her dedication to uplifting others and making a meaningful impact. 

Dr. Chase, now a first-year psychiatry resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, continues to passionately pursue her calling in psychiatry.

"From the time I entered medical school, I continued to gravitate towards psychiatry because of the privilege to work with people of a marginalized community every day with the goal of understanding each patient as a whole person," she explains.

Her current focus lies in community psychiatry, where she delves into the impact of social determinants of health and navigates the complex systems of care to ensure people from all backgrounds receive optimal mental healthcare. Her aspirations in psychiatry reflect her commitment to making mental healthcare accessible to all communities, particularly minority and low-income communities.

Making Academic Excellence Her First Priority at Spelman

Dr. Chase earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Spelman where she actively participated in the Ethel Waddel Githii Honors Program, Alpha Lamba Delta Honors Society, Student Ambassadors Program, United for Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity (URGE), Health Careers Club.

As a testament to her scholarly prowess, she was also inducted into the Epsilon of Georgia Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Students are invited to become a member of Phi Beta Kappa “primarily on the basis of broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement, and good character.” Membership is limited to no more than 10% of the graduating class and 2% of the junior class. 

Hear Chase Share Why She Chose to Pursue a Career in Medicine

 

"I will make it a priority to make mental health care accessible to all communities," Chase affirmed as a sophomore and she is fulfilling her promise one patient at a time. 

Together, this mother-daughter duo stands as a testament to the transformative power of a Spelman education, mentorship, and the unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

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