About Dr. Scantlebury

Velma P. Scantlebury, M.D, FACS is the associate director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Christiana Care. She accepted a position at Christiana Care after working at the University of South Alabama’s Regional Transplant Center, where she served as a professor of surgery, assistant dean of community education and director of transplantation. She has been been named to both the “Best Doctors in America” and “Top Doctors in America” lists multiple times.

Dr. Scantlebury earned her medical degree from Columbia University in New York City. She was an intern and resident in general surgery at Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. She completed her fellowship training in transplantation surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and then joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as an assistant professor of surgery in 1989. She rose to the rank of associate professor prior to her appointment at the University of Southern Alabama in Mobile.

Dr. Scanterbury’s special interests include: researching the end results of donation and transplantation in African Americans; increasing organ donation in the African-American community through education and awareness; increasing the incidence of living donor transplantation by education; and treating viral infections in kidneys.

"I do my best not let obstacles bring me down but see them as a challenge I overcome ."

—Velma P. Scantlebury, MD

More of her words. . .

Dr. Scantlebury has over


Transplants performed


Published peer-reviewed research papers




Books sold

B o o k: Beyond Every Wall

Becoming America's First African-American, Female Transplant Surgeon

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". . . first believe in yourself and your abilities, and your value. Do not let others define success for you . . ."

—Velma P. Scantlebury, MD


Velma P. Scantlebury, M.D. is available to share her thoughts and insights on transplantation, medical issues, and becoming the first African-American, female transplant surgeon for TV, radio and personal appearances.

For press, speaking engagements, and other media related inquires, please send an email to Inquiries@VPScantleburyMD.com