Dr. Margaret Tandoh, left, accepts her Alumni Award from Alumni Council member Ryann Haines Cheung of the class of 1993.


Tandoh Honored as Changemaker

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Thursday June 28, 2018

Dr. Margaret Tandoh was recently honored by the Grinnell College Alumni Council as a changemaker and community builder. A South Burlington resident and 1993 Grinnell College graduate, Dr. Tandoh is a trauma surgeon and medical director of the Burn Center at the University of Vermont Medical Center. In addition, she is an assistant professor and the assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine. Lauded as someone who embodies the Grinnell College’s values of lifetime learning and service, Dr. Tandoh received the award in early June during the college’s 139th Alumni Reunion Weekend, where approximately 1,100 alumni were in attendance. Of the experience, she remarked, “It was great to be back on campus after 25 years and reconnect with classmates and professors.”

A native of Liberia, Dr. Tandoh is an American College of Surgeons fellow and a member of the American Burn Association. She also developed a burn course for the New York State Department of Health. As associate dean of diversity and inclusion, Tandoh trains doctors and medical staff from underrepresented backgrounds in the health care field. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007 from State University of New York Upstate Medical University.

When the Ebola crisis was afflicting citizens in her home country, Dr. Tandoh traveled from Vermont to Liberia to provide medical care for Ebola patients. She was among the Ebola doctors chosen as the 2014 Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Then managing editor for Time Magazine, Nancy Gibbs, wrote about these doctors, noting, “The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight. For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year.” In a measure of unpretentiousness and deference, Dr. Tandoh said, “I felt grateful to be able to help.”