Lynne Holden, M.D.
Mentoring in Medicine Inc.
Enamored of the 1960s television show Marcus Welby, M.D., Lynne Holden decided at six years old that she would practice medicine. Today she is a board-certified emergency medicine physician, practicing at Montefiore Medical Center for almost 19 years, and an associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. Along the way, she was inspired by Muriel Petioni, M.D., the family practice doctor who became known in New York City’s Harlem community as “the mother of medicine.”
“It’s always fascinating. You have to watch the patient, listen to them, and make life or death decisions in an instant,” Dr. Holden says. “People trust you with their lives even though you have never met them before.” She has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Howard University and a medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Jacobi-Montefiore Medical Center.
Encouraged by her husband, Andrew Morrison, while she was recovering from a career-threatening health scare after giving birth, Dr. Holden joined him in establishing Mentoring in Medicine Inc., a national nonprofit that prepares students for science and health care professions through after-school programs, clinical shadowing experiences, and hip hop science plays. “There are so many students who want to become science and health professionals but who just don’t know how,” says Dr. Holden. In 2007 she received the Maybelline-Essence Empowerment Through Education Award and in 2009 the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader’s Award.
Dr. Holden loves to relax with her husband, teenage daughter, and her dog, Clover. With more time and money, she would set up a learning center where students can have a safe haven to study, train for jobs such as certified nursing assistant and emergency medical technician, experiment in citizen science labs and practice procedures in a simulation environment.