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Dr. Keyana Mitchell Washington, MD – Alumna Spotlight

Keyana Mitchell Washington

Pediatrician, Children’s Hospital of Georgia and Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth

BS in Biological Science (2002)


Recipient of the nationally prestigious Truman Scholar Award, Dr. Washington was a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Phi Beta Kappa honors organization, Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-med society, a student judicial council chair, vice president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, secretary of Habitat for Humanity, and a volunteer with Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education (IMAGE).


“The University of Mississippi provides an array of opportunities to follow on whatever path you choose upon graduation. I felt confident in my future knowing that I could leave UM and go to medical school, pursue a PhD, or teach. The faculty are superb and their relationships with other departments provide many opportunities for multidisciplinary learning.

“My interest in biology blossomed in my high school microbiology class at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. I enjoyed learning about the intricacies of the microbial life cycle and how it intertwines with other living things—including humans. That class ended with a fascinating field trip to one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infectious disease labs. I considered a career as a microbiologist, before I decided to become a physician.”