Dr. Trinitia Cannon Featured by CBS 17

By Maggie Newland, CBS 17

Local news outlet CBS 17 recently interviewed Trinitia Cannon, MD, vice chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, about her personal and medical background, and about how she strives to make the medical field more diverse and accessible for young people of color.

Pushing for Diversity in Medicine

After overcoming many obstacles, Duke surgeon works to make medical field more diverse

"DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Dr. Trinitia Cannon is working to make the medical field more diverse. Her journey to becoming a surgeon was filled with obstacles. She wants to eliminate those obstacles for young people of color who dream of working in medicine.

In the operating room at Duke, Cannon performs complex surgeries on patients with cancers of the head and neck, but the connections she makes go beyond the OR.

'I think that my patients really trust me and that means a lot,' she said."