Chicago Black Males Looking For Positive Role Models….

Robert Louis Dodd




How About A Positive Black Male Image in Medicine…



Meet Native Chicagoan, Whitney Young HS Alumnus and Stanford University Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology, Robert Louis Dodd, MD, PhD.


By Daryl Lee Jackson

Black males in the City of Chicago have gotten a bad rap lately for contributing corpses to the murder city capitol infamous as Chi-Raq. It has not always been that way. Young men in Chicago have role models other than Derrick Rose and Dywane Wade to look up to. Political leaders, like President Barack H. Obama and noted Stanford University scholars like Dr. Robert Louis Dodd, featured here, are suitable role models for Chicago’s youth of today looking to contribute on a positive note.

Robert Louis Dodd, MD, PhD is a graduate of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, which was Chicago’s best high school in 1986. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, and National Achievement Commended Scholar (National Merit Scholarship Corporation – PSAT). Dodd attended M.I.T. (Mass. Institiute of Technology) on a full scholarship where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 and later received his MD and PhD in Neuroscience and Neurobiology from Stanford University in 1998.

Today, Robert L. Dodd, MD, PhD works at Stanford University Medical Center as a neurosurgeon and as a professor and researcher for Stanford University’s School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. Dodd is involved in clinical trials using endovascular coils that have a fiber coating that help heal aneurysms of the neck and can prevent an aneurysm from reforming. He uses minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to treat brain tumors. Dodd’s research interests are in cerebral blood vessel reactivity and stroke.

As you can see, from Dr. Dodd’s example, Chicago youth can aspire and achieve greatness in the country’s top academic settings. All it takes is academic excellence, ambition, focus, drive, support from family, mentors, and prime examples like President Barack Obama and Dr. Robert Louis Dodd to follow. It is vital that young black males focus on residing at the Altar of High Expectations as they reach toward their Greatness.