Black Harvard-Educated Doctor Claims She Was Racially Profiled On Delta Flight

Posted On : 11/01/2018

If you ever have the misfortune of being sick on a flight – pray Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford is sitting close by. Dr. Stanford is a Harvard trained doctor and accomplished physician. So when a woman on a Delta flight fell ill, Dr. Sandford immediately sprung into action. In a bizarre twist, she was held back after an attendant questioned if she was a real doctor.

They Questioned Her License

Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, an expert in obesity medicine, told CNN she was assisting a passenger on a flight from Indianapolis to Boston. The woman was shaking and hyperventilating in a suspected panic attack. 

But as she tried to give reassurance to the distressed passenger, Stanford claims a flight attendant questioned if she was a real doctor.

A second flight attendant asked to see her medical license. But even after Dr Stanford showed the attendants her license –  they questioned whether it was really hers. 

They Claim Her License Was “Misread”

Dr Cody Stanford took to Twitter about the incident writing:

”@Delta my experience last night when a fellow passenger needed help shows that being a @harvardmed @MassGeneralMDs does not shield from #racism #WhatADoctorLooksLike #ILookLikeADoctor #ILookLikeASurgeon #BiasInMedicine #implicitbias #BlackWomenDoctors do exist.”

Delta airlines tweeted an apology to the doctor saying, “We are looking into further and will be reaching out to you directly.”

Meanwhile Delta spokesman Anthony Black said Dr. Stanford’s medical license was “initially misread.” The company says it is “following up with the crew” to ensure correct policy is understood.

On her Twitter account in April, Dr. Stanford shared a photo of herself with Democrat politician Maxine Waters. The pair was at the National Minority Quality Forum Summit, which seeks to address inequality in medical treatment.

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