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Morris-Priester remembers watching in awe as doctors cared for her ailing

grandmother—deciding she would someday join their ranks. She graduated

from high school, despite becoming a mother at age 16, but had to put her

dreams of medical school on hold.

By age 29, with five children and a husband who wanted her to delay her

dreams, she left the marriage to pursue her goals. While working multiple

jobs, she attended Harrisburg Area Community College and graduated summa

cum laude with an associate degree in nursing in 1996.

In 2007, Morris-Priester became the first grandmother to graduate from Yale

School of Medicine and was recognized by Oprah Winfrey for her perseverance,

inspiration, and compassion to others.


  • Karen Morris-Priester
    Board Certified Anesthesiologist, Motivational Speaker






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