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Ebony Hilton is the first black female anesthesiologist at the Medical University of South Carolina since its opening in 1824

MAKING HISTORY: Ebony Hilton

MAKING HISTORY: Ebony Hilton

MEET EBONY Hilton, the first black female anesthesiologist at the Medical University of South Carolina since its opening in 1824.

Ebony graduated from College as a triple major who studied biochemistry, molecular biology and inorganic chemistry in 2004.

She graduated from medical school in 2008, completed a four-year residency, and then finished a one-year critical care fellowship.

In 2013, she was hired as the first black female anesthesiologist at MUSC and chose to specialise in anesthesia because “you can be useful in every part of the hospital”.

As a child, Hilton preferred running outside, skipping through the creeks and woods of Spartanburg County in upstate South Carolina, more than 200 miles from Charleston.

She, and her two sisters, lived with their mum within the city of Spartanburg in South Carolina, but on weekends and summers the Hiltons would leave town to visit extended family in the small rural community of Little Africa, approximately 30 miles outside the city limits.

mother worked in a Michelin tire facility, operating a forklift, and money was tight. Her father served in the Army, and was often overseas.

At age 8, Ebony knew her career would be in the medical profession. Upon learning her mother had previously suffered the loss of a newborn boy just days after his birth, she pledged to become a doctor.

Her mother took her at her word and from that day forward, she began addressing her daughter as “Dr. Hilton”.

“I never once had a Plan B. I always knew it would work out … and that’s because someone believed in me,” Ebony says of
her mother.

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