Dr. Carl Allamby stands on the helipad at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital. Allamby recently started working as an ER resident at Akron General. He’s a former mechanic and business owner who decided to become a doctor while in his 40s. July 8, 2019 (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer). Featured Image
Today, after a career overhaul, he does the same thing with people as an emergency medicine resident, having graduated from medical school this year at age 47.
The car mechanic is now a people mechanic at Cleveland Clinic Akron General hospital, where he started as a resident this month. He’s done more than rebuild his own career: He has narrowed, by one, the huge gap in black doctors in this country, particularly black male doctors.
To go from Carl the mechanic to Dr. Allamby, he had to engineer a 180-degree turn without ever hitting the brakes.