Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins, fondly known as “The Three Doctors,” are extraordinary role models for anyone who has been through any kind of life challenge or major hardship. As teenage boys growing up on the tough inner-city streets of Newark, New Jersey, these three kindred spirits made a pact: they would stick together, go to college, graduate, and become doctors.


Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins, Photo: ACCD


Surrounded by negative influences and having few positive role models made this a difficult feat. Now, years later, these three men have overcome countless obstacles and proudly bear the subtitle of doctor, serving as the face of health and education for youth and families across our country.


Having grown up in the streets of Newark, The Three Doctors know firsthand the pressures and struggles of life in the inner city and how difficult it can be going at it alone. Determined not to become victims of their environment, the trio stood firm in their mission and together became one of the most remarkable success stories of inspiration, dedication, and determination.


The trio will discuss challenges they faced during an appearance at St. Philip’s College on Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. Guests of Dr. Adena Williams Loston, the doctors are part of the President’s Lecture Series. In past years, Dr. Loston has invited thought leaders including Margot Lee Shetterly, LaVar Burton, Dr. Richard Carmona and Julian Castro to the college to participate in classroom discussions and a community lecture. The event is free and open to the community.


While there are numerous factors that played a role in their success, there are particular guidelines that The Three Doctors continue to live by to this day. This includes “learning patience,” especially in a world where many have come to want—and expect—instant gratification and success. They urge people to trust self-reliance and inner strength in developing a strategic plan for carrying out long-term goals in life.


Today, Dr. Hunt is a board-certified internist at University Medical Center at Princeton and assistant professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


Dr. Jenkins serves as an assistant professor of clinical dentistry at Columbia University.


Dr. Davis is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark.


The Three Doctors were honored by the National Civil Rights Museum in 2012, received the prestigious Essence Award in 2000 for their accomplishments and leadership, and were awarded a BET Honors Award in 2009. They have been featured medical experts for the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” as well as CNN news.



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