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Doctor’s commitment earns national
Recognized by the Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs “Celebrating 100
Extraordinary Women” contest, Sherron M. Jackson, M.D., was recently
honored for an exemplary commitment to her career, community and family.
Dr. Sherron Jackson
with patient Rhakeem Speights.
A pediatrician with MUSC’s Children’s Hospital, Jackson’s qualities
were reflected in a nomination by her younger sister, Katrinda McQueen,
who submitted an essay to the national search committee describing
Jackson’s passion as a physician and a mother.
“When I heard about this contest, I immediately thought of my
sister, Sherron,” McQueen said. “She has always been a hero and a role
model for me, and for many others.”
Dr. Sherron M.
Jackson, M.D., right, with her younger sister, Katrinda McQueen.
Jackson’s heroics are also demonstrated through her profession as
a doctor, a profession she had chosen as a child. When she was 10 years
old, she knew she wanted to be a doctor. She was fascinated with the
human body, and she later turned that fascination into a
Her personal accomplishments and insights would prove critical to a
previously underserved patient group.
Early in her career, Jackson realized that South Carolina was not
testing newborns for sickle cell anemia, so she established a statewide
screening program to test babies for this condition at birth. These
days, she sees about 500 patients from across the Lowcountry in her
Pediatric Sickle Cell Clinic, and treats all of them as if they were
her own children, according to colleagues and patients.
“Her loyalty is driven by the love for her patients, parents, and
friends,” said Lyndon Key, M.D., chairman of Pediatrics.
In addition to practicing medicine, Jackson also shares her knowledge
and experience teaching medical students and residents. Her empathetic
approach as an associate professor results from her own experiences as
a student. “I had excellent teachers during my training,” she said,
“and I want to provide the best education for my students.”
“Dr. Jackson has been an excellent teacher of facts, but, even more,
she has demonstrated how to make patients feel better simply by her
presence,” Key said.
Jackson also is devoted to her family, which includes her sisters,
parents and a son, who happens to be the author of this article.
A son's perspective
Though my grandparents and aunts live in far-reaching areas of the
Southeast, my mom and her sisters work hard to stay in touch and visit
with each other often. Both women are aware of the importance of the
love and support by their family and friends.
While she is most proud of starting the newborn screening clinic for
sickle cell anemia and making health care accessible to all children,
she also is proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish. I am proud of
my mom, and I am eternally grateful for the woman who, despite the
demands of medicine, found time to raise me, which was extraordinary in
You see, my mom was driving the car in which I was a passenger 20 years
ago. I wasn’t even a year old then when a drunken driver slammed into
us. That injury left me paralyzed. I have never known what it is like
My mom, a young doctor at the time, also was seriously injured and
still suffers from the affects of that wreck, sometimes having to use a
cane to make her rounds in the hospital. But she always is pleasant and
supportive, always smiling. She has never let me down, and she also has
supported many others. She has always found a way to boost my spirits,
and she has worked with me all of my life so that I have been able to
achieve more than many people my age. I know thousands of people have
experienced some part of my mother’s power, her incredible healing. I
feel strong because of my mother’s support and devotion. She has given
me confidence and inspired hope. I think many people feel this way
about her. My aunt just took the time to record it, which earned the
attention of a panel from Nabisco searching the nation for an
So while I am a quadriplegic, I am active and ambitious. I will be
graduating from the College of Charleston next year, and this summer, I
have interned for MUSC’s Office of Public Relations. And with a little
indulgence, I was able to report on my mother whose extraordinary
accomplishments include her success as a mother, a clinician and an
“She is the complete package,” Key said. “She is the physician that
makes patients feel better and she is the educator that trains the next
generation of doctors.”
“Her strength, courage, attitude, and endurance are truly
extraordinary. She is an amazing person and has touched the lives of so
many people,” McQueen said.
As a reward from Nabisco, Jackson and her sister traveled to Los
Angeles, Calif., on June 27 where they met other contest award
recipients. They attended a premiere showing of “Phoebe in Wonderland”
at the Los Angeles Film Festival, a movie scheduled to be released this
fall. Nabisco’s extraordinary women will be featured in national
magazines including “People,” “Entertainment Weekly,” and “Real Simple”
“I was honored to be among a group of such outstanding women,” Jackson
said. “I was amazed at their accomplishments, many of whom led
volunteer efforts in their communities. The trip was a wonderful
experience and I appreciate my sister for nominating me,” Jackson said.
Friday, Aug. 1, 2008
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