On July 31, 2013, Dr. Ebony Jade Hilton Buchholz became the firstAfrican-American female anesthesiologist to be hired at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) since its opening in 1824. Throughout her studies of health disparities, particularly as it pertains to race, bridging the gap between physicians and patients has been her primary focus.
Dr. Hilton Buchholz is the middle child of three girls. She was born in the rural of Little Africa, South Carolina. Following a family tragedy, at the tender age of eight-years old, she told her mom she wanted to be a doctor. From that day forward her mother called her “Dr. Hilton.”
She attributes her entire career and the success that followed to that small gesture. She graduated from Spartanburg High School in 2000 and enrolled at the College of Charleston (CofC). In just four short years she graduated Magnum Cum Laude from CofC with three degrees: two Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Inorganic Chemistry. She then began her medical studies at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and following graduation in 2008 she continued at this institution for completion of her Anesthesiology residency and Critical Care fellowship.
In addition to pioneering medicine, Dr. Hilton is a children’s book author of the Ava Series, she is a public speaker and a community activist.