Physician, Internal Medicine
Norwalk Community Health Center
Ask Celeste Cox Baldwin, M.D., about a proud moment in her life and she cites Disney’s “Doc McStuffins” New York City event. “It was exciting for boys and girls of all races to see African-American female doctors in our white coats and stethoscopes!” says Dr. Baldwin, a primary care physician at Norwalk Community Health Center (NCHC) in Connecticut. With her “sister-docs” of the Artemis Medical Society, an association of Black female doctors, Disney’s “Real Live Doc” tour turned a popular cartoon into inspiration for thousands of children.
Baldwin is excited about this new chapter in her career, where she now accepts “all insurance and no insurance.” In 2007, she joined PrimeCare Medical LLP in Stamford, Connecticut. developing a successful private practice with an affluent patient base. But she yearned to share her expertise in preventive medicine and chronic disease management with those who had less access to quality care. In 2014, after an inspiring meeting with NCHC’s chief medical officer about practicing “mission medicine,” she knew it was time to make a career change. To her surprise and joy, many of her affluent patients followed her!
In childhood, Baldwin was fascinated with the idea of dissecting dead animals around the yard. “I wanted to open the snake from a life science perspective,” she jokes, “not a sociopathic one!” She earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedicine, magna cum laude, at the City College of New York and, at age 24, a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Baldwin serves on the executive board of her local chapter of Jack and Jill of America, as a member of the Hanson Place SDA School Board, and as the Women’s Ministries Leader at her church. She enjoys delivering health lectures to adults, and storytelling to children, using her cast of multicultural puppets.