MEET THE DOCTORS.

DOCTORS

In Philadelphia, some economically challenged communities suffer from chronic medical conditions at disproportionate rates and the need for health care is great. But due to a long history of racism and implicit bias among health care providers, individuals in these communities are often wary of physicians. African-American and Puerto Rican populations, in particular, experience neglect at the hands of white doctors. And individuals in dire need of medical intervention are often unwilling to seek the treatment they need.

While Drs. Delana Wardlaw and Elana McDonald acknowledge the valid reasons that exist for such skepticism, they remain passionate about providing individuals with reliable health care – and they recognize that they are uniquely positioned to effect positive change in their beloved Philadelphia community. As African-Americans with a wealth of education and a deep cultural understanding of what it means to grow up in these neighborhoods, the sisters realize that they can bridge the gap and restore the trust that has been eroded.

As a result, Twin Sister Docs was created to promote health, wellness and self – advocacy. They serve as motivational speakers, medical consultants, mentors and media consultants and use various local and national platforms to provide accurate information. They participated in volunteer COVID-19 testing in areas that were disproportionately affected but did not have access to testing. The twin sisters also provide weekly COVID updates on a local radio show as well.

DR. DELANA WARDLAW

Dr. Wardlaw is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician with Temple Physicians in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than 20 years of medical experience. When she was just eight years old, she lost her maternal grandmother (at age of 53) to breast cancer. Dr. Wardlaw was unaware of the exact cause of death. At that time, she began to dream of becoming a physician. Upon learning that breast cancer has a high survival rate if detected early, Dr. Wardlaw realized that her grandmother may have enjoyed another 30 years of life if she had access to proper health care. This pivotal moment, highlighting the health care disparity in the African American community, pushed her to continue pursuing a career in medicine and to focus on reducing disparities in multicultural underserved communities. She received her M.D. from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Dr. Wardlaw completed her residency training at Montgomery Family Medicine Residency Program in Norristown, Pennsylvania where she served as chief resident. She believes that compassionate health care involves listening to patients, communicating openly, building trust and empowering others to take charge of their own health. Above all, she is compassionate about giving back to communities and improving individual’s quality of life.

Dr. Wardlaw is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family physicians, The Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania. In 2020 she was named the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians’ “Family Physician of the Year”.

DR. WARDLAW

1. What’s your go-to motivational song?

Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All”

2. What makes you laugh?

Fun times with family (game nights), comedy TV, and karaoke

3. What makes you cry?

All the turmoil in the world (preventable deaths, crimes against children and more)

4. How do you take care of your mental health?

Self-care, girls nights out, date nights

5. What’s one mystery you’d love to solve?

Who killed Notorious BIG!

6. Who is your hero?

My mother. She taught me the value of self-advocacy and advocating for others amongst so many other things.

7. What gives you hope?

My children: helping them develop into productive citizens of society that will change the world!

DR. ELANA MCDONALD

Dr. Elana McDonald is a board -certified pediatrician in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the owner and chief medical officer of three Philadelphia based outpatient practices; Memphis Street Pediatrics, Pizzica Pediatrics, and Castor Pediatrics. Dr. McDonald’s path into medicine developed from her desire to make a difference in the lives of people, especially children. Her decision to pursue medicine was solidified after participating in a summer internship program while attending Temple University. During that internship, Dr. McDonald shadowed African-American physicians of various specialties. Seeing African-American physicians provide quality care to patients in her beloved city helped Dr. McDonald realize that her dream was attainable. Dr. McDonald graduated from Temple University honors program with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Dr. McDonald has provided quality, compassionate care in underserved areas for over twenty years. As a pediatrician Dr. McDonald loves educating, treating, and supporting her patients and their families. She is particularly passionate about being a trusted messenger and advocate for her families. She is a proud wife and mother of two sons.

DR. MCDONALD

1. What’s your go-to motivational song?

Destiny’s Child “I’m a Survivor”

2. What makes you laugh?

Watching episodes of Martin and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and playing Monopoly, Taboo, and Family Feud with family and friends.

3. What makes you sad?

The staggering loss of life due to the pandemic.

4. How do you take care of your mental health?

I work out five mornings a week to help clear my mind

5. What’s one mystery you’d love to solve?

Who killed Biggie Smalls and Tupac

6. Who is your hero?

My mother is my hero

7. What gives you hope?

My children and my young patients give me hope. Their innocence, curiosity and resilience are characteristics we all need.