DR. ROSE MARIE TOUSSAINT
(1956 – )
“When we are rejected in the world, we will recover only as we begin to realize that we must hold on to our sense of who we are and not be defeated by outside evaluations.”
Dr. Rose-Marie Toussaint is a physician, author, and health and wellness guru.
Born in Haiti, Dr. Toussaint came to the United States with her family as a teenager, taking up residence in Miami. In school, she immersed herself in math and science courses in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a medical doctor. She ultimately earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1978 and her Doctorate of Medicine from Howard University in 1983.
Dr. Toussaint served as chief surgeon for the liver transplant center at Howard University Hospital, where she began as an intern, after training for three years at the renowned transplant center of the University of Pittsburgh Medical School under the pioneering Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, who is known as the “father of modern transplantation”. Dr. Toussaint left her post at Howard University Hospital in 1997 to write her autobiography, Never Question the Miracle: A Surgeon’s Story, which chronicles her incredible life story from when a Vodou priest predicted that she would grow up to be a physician to her rise to the pinnacle of her profession. Thereafter, Dr. Toussaint founded the National Transplant Foundation Inc. in hopes that it could help defray the cost of life-saving organ transplants for patients in need.
Now in private practice, Dr. Toussaint focuses on helping patients transition from hi-tech surgery and pharmaceuticals to holistic prevention and treatment of illnesses.