Samantha Grant, MD
Samantha Grant, MD
University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences
Dr. Grant was born in Florida and moved to Kingston, Jamaica where she grew up. At 17-years-old, she assisted a team of U.S. based doctors from the World Health Organization (WHO) that traveled to her hometown to serve communities experiencing violent unrest who were in dire need of healthcare. Dr. Grant was the source of cultural context and translations from the native language, Jamaican Patois, to English. While helping to triage each patient, she had to learn every task quickly as instructed by the doctors on site. Dr. Grant learned during this time how to transition fundamental skills outside of her comfort zone and apply them to new problems. This experience cultivated Dr. Grant’s desire to assist patients who have limited access to healthcare, and in turn nurtured her dream to be a Family Medicine physician.
Dr. Grant received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Furman University in South Carolina. After graduation, she did research in vaccine development as an intern in the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella department at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Grant subsequently returned home to Jamaica to attend medical school. She worked as a primary care physician in Jamaica for three years and did research on physician wellness at Stanford Health Care for two years.
In addition to speaking Jamaican Patois, Dr. Grant is continuously learning Spanish. She enjoys dancing in Zumba classes, practicing and reading books on meditation, and doing yoga. Dr. Grant also enjoys learning about different cultures and going to museums. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family in Georgia, especially with her little nephew!
Her favorite quote is, “Wherever your heart is, that’s where you will find your treasure.”
“When I met the entire Northeast Georgia Medical Center Family Medicine team, I felt the enthusiastic energy that each person exuded with their smiles! The team was engaging and kind, much like the type of physician that I aspire to be.”