Dr. Lattisha Bilbrew is an Orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in Hand and Upper Extremity surgery and the first Black women Orthopaedic Surgeon to become a partner at Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Bilbrew was born in Birmingham, England as were her parents. Her grandparents were farmers in Jamaica and migrated to England shortly after World War II. Only one generation removed from farming in the mountains of Trelawney and cleaning hospital bed linens in England, Dr. Bilbrew became the first physician in her family. Her motivating catalyst for becoming a physician was watching the mistreatment of her grandmother in an English hospital. Though her first observation of a hospital setting was witnessing racial disparities within a health care system, she was determined to be the antithesis of the physicians she observed.
Her motivating catalyst for becoming a physician was watching the mistreatment of her grandmother in an English hospital .
In 1995 she migrated to the United States with her family to begin her journey to becoming a doctor. She earned her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Chemistry at The University of Miami in Miami, Florida, and her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her orthopaedic residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and completed her fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation as Fellow in Hand, Elbow, Shoulder and Microsurgery. Her research interests focus on diversity and inclusion within orthopaedic surgery and includes a publication on the impact of racial differences in the treatment and evaluation of carpal tunnel surgery. During her time in Fellowship, she became involved with a non–profit organization known as “Hands for Love.” Each year she volunteers with the weekend camp aimed toward child with upper limb differences, founded by her mentor Dr. Paul C. Dell.
Dr Bilbrew is one of five practicing African American Female Surgeons in Georgia.
Currently, Dr. Bilbrew’s offices are in Decatur and Snellville, Georgia. She is one of less than five practicing African American Female Surgeons in Georgia. Since starting private practice, her interests have also involved health care policy, she travels yearly to Washington D.C. to speak on behalf of the AAOS to senators and congresspersons. She currently serves as the Member at Large for the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and Young Member for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Political Action Committee and Board Member on the Government Affairs Committee for the American Surgical Society of the Hand. Recently she was featured in The Atlantan Magazine as one of Atlanta’s top Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons.
She has also been voted by Georgia Trend as top 40 under 40 as well as Modern Luxury Influential Atlantans in Medicine and Most Powerful Women of Atlanta. Outside of private practice she mentors medical and physician assistant students at Morehouse School of Medicine as well as several high school and undergraduate students who have expressed an interest in medicine.
Annually, she hosts a Women in Medicine Mentoring Brunch to expose local Atlanta high school students to physicians of color. Each fall and winter, Dr. Bilbrew also raises school supplies for DeKalb County School Systems as well as a Toy Drive in conjunction with the Marine’s Toys for Tots. Dr. Bilbrew’s overall goal is to ensure that the next generation of minority orthopaedic surgeons surpass her and continues to build and grow for generations to come.