DR. VINCENT REID
Surgeon, Researcher and Specialist in Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment, Mercy Medical Centre, USA
Brandon Hill, a rural district located in St Andrew, is the former home of Jamaican surgical oncologist, Dr Vincent J. Reid.
Reid currently serves as the director of surgical oncology (cancer surgery) at the Mercy Medical Centre in Baltimore, Maryland.
“I was raised for the most part by a single mother who was young (age 14) when I was born,” he told The Gleaner. Reid, determined not to be “defined by his beginnings” but by his objectives, remained focused, not falling victim to the pressures of his surroundings. He commends the individuals with whom he surrounded himself for keeping his mind on track. “I have always had good mentors in my life. My strongest influences included Mr. Davis (chemistry teacher at Oberlin), Mrs. Reid (geography teacher at Oberlin), and my grandmother,” he said.
Reid’s interest in medicine developed during hangout sessions with his grandmother while she was employed as a janitor at Kingston Public Hospital. After completing his O and A levels at Oberlin High and Wolmer’s Boys’ schools, respectively, Reid turned his attention to the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine.
After achieving his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Reid moved on to complete his residency and fellowship at the Maimonides Medical Center and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, specializing in head and neck oncology (cancer tumours), before becoming a member of staff at the Mercy Medical Center in 2012.
Reid has been involved in “many clinical retrospective projects”, bench research and has remained involved with his undergraduate research in thymic nurse cells and their potential implications for cancer treatment.
Reid is a “determined” individual, forcefully carving out a life in medicine. What has kept his spirit burning is his belief in self.
Outside the world of medicine, he is an avid lover of the outdoors who enjoys kayaking and biking. He is also a fan of reggae and jazz music. Reid believes determination is the key to success and, therefore, advises future medical students to be “passionate and persistent”.