The Educator: Cynthia Jamison, MD

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Dr. Cynthia Reynolds Jamison was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and returned to Gainesville to complete her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Florida.  After completing medical school, she relocated to Charlotte, NC, for family medicine residency training at Carolinas Medical Center, currently known as Atrium Health.  She has practiced in several settings, since completing residency in 2003 including a federally qualified community health center in South Carolina, a small physician-owned private practice in South Carolina, the Novant Medical Group in Charlotte, NC, and most recently with a private physician-owned group One Health, which is affiliated with Atrium Health.

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The Candidate: Nche Zama, MD, PhD

As a teenager, Dr. Nche Zama came to the United States on a student visa with just $20 in his pocket. He was homeless for a while until a compassionate person took him in and helped guide him on his journey to the American Dream.

Dr. Zama was the second of six children, raised in grass huts by illiterate but hardworking parents who instilled within him the values of discipline, pragmatism, and community. When he witnessed the preventable and horrific death of his mother during childbirth due to the lack of access to a doctor and proper medical care, his life’s purpose shifted forever. His father sold his property, so young Zama could travel to America for a better education.

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