L. D. Britt Scholarship


The L.D. Britt, M.D., Endowed Scholarship was established in 1995 in recognition of Dr. Britt's dedication to medicine and philanthropy. A native of Suffolk, VA and graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Britt has had extensive surgical and critical care training. He is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at EVMS and holds the Brickhouse Chair in Surgery.

The first African-American in the country to have an endowed chair in surgery, Dr. Britt is the first African-American in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be appointed Professor of Surgery. The recipient of numerous awards and honors acknowledging his accomplishments in surgery and excellence in teaching, Dr. Britt is the recipient of the nation's highest teaching award in medicine - the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, given by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

A distinguished member of several state, national, and international organizations, Dr. Britt is actively involved in numerous church and community activities. He has authored numerous scientific publications and has been a reviewer and served on the editorial boards of several noted surgery journals. President George W. Bush recognized Dr. Britt's leadership role in medicine and nominated him to the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The United States Senate confirmed this nomination in August 2002. Community leaders have established both a medical school scholarship and community service award in his name.

In October 2010, Dr. Britt began his term as the 91st President of the American College of Surgeons. 



The following criteria will be used in selecting a recipient:

  • A member of an underrepresented student population at EVMS.
  • Applicant with acceptance to EVMS M.D. Program.
  • A minimum science GPA of 3.2 and competitive MCAT scores.
  • Evidence of participation in collegiate organizations/activities.
  • Demonstrated leadership, community service, and exposure to medicine.
  • Demonstrated financial need.