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Alumni Profile | Winter 2012


ven as a young boy Dr. Mwata Dyson ‘93 was fixated on helping


others. But only after a sour experience at the doctor’s office where he was diag- nosed and rudely dismissed, did it dawn on him that medicine would provide that opportunity. A freshman in high school at the time,


this experience led Dyson to realize that the nation’s poor, urban communities – such as the Chicago, Ill., neighbor- hood he grew up in – often carried great medical needs. Yet, these areas rarely attracted the best doctors. Dyson found his calling. He attended HU, majoring in biol-


ogy. He went on to receive his medical degree from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, completing his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also earned a master’s degree in healthcare policy and management from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. During his residency, Dyson suffered


the traumatic loss of both of his grand- mothers due to medical negligence. This furthered his decision to become an advocate for healthy lifestyles and medi- cal reform. In his grief, Dyson took to writing and


medical research. By happenstance, he shared his personal story with an indi-


grandmothers.” He quickly received media


requests to speak as a medical and health expert. In 2008, Dyson moved to New York, N.Y., ac- cepting a position as assistant pro- fessor of anesthesiology at Stony Brook University Medical Center, allowing him more accessibility for media interviews. Nowadays, he frequently


reports for such major outlets as ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC. Through his website, TheDysonReport.com, and social media, Dyson continues to educate audiences on preventive healthcare measures, nutrition, exercise, alternative medical treat- ments and health care reform. Dyson looks back at his time


Dyson traveled to Nicaragua to offer medical assistance.


at HU as playing an integral role in building his self-confidence. He credits his experience as senior class president with providing such necessary skills as conducting a meeting, handling business matters, and motivating others. “These skills became applicable in


what I’ve done in media, professionally and when traveling internationally,” said Dyson. The networking opportunities of


being a Hamptonian have also benefit- ted Dyson, who states that he can’t go


kept in touch no matter the distance. “That’s what HU does, it brings you friends for life,” said Custer. Custer admires Dyson’s ability to travel


the nation educating the public about issues such as HIV, childhood obesity, cancer and nutrition. “It takes a dedicated person to stop


your personal practice of medicine to pursue a bigger goal of keeping our community healthy,” Custer proudly explained. “I think he’s amazing.”


“We must teach the mindset that each American should be held accountable to see their doctors every year, even if they are healthy,” – Dr. Mwata Dyson ‘93


vidual sitting next to him on a plane ride back to Phoenix, Ariz., where he prac- ticed medicine. When the individual revealed he worked in the media indus- try, he recommended Dyson speak with a publicist, stating, “The best way to help your grandmother is to help other


anywhere in the world without finding a fellow Hamptonian who is known and respected in his or her field. This includes fellow classmate Brian


Custer ’93, Emmy award-winning sports anchor for SNY.tv and host of “The WheelHouse.” The two have regularly


Dyson’s plate continues to be full, as he


travels internationally to advocate healthy lifestyles. This summer, he spoke at the 2011 NAACP Convention and later ad- dressed the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. He traveled to Cuba recently with a


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