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Debra Holly Ford, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Dr. Ford is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine. She is double-boarded in Colon and Rectal Surgery and General Surgery. She received her education at Howard University for her Bachelor of Science (’82) and Doctor of Medicine (’86) degrees.  She completed residency training in General Surgery at Howard University Hospital (’91) and in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Texas at Houston (’94). Dr. Ford is the first African-American woman to obtain board certification in Colon and Rectal Surgery (’95).


Dr. Ford is an academic surgeon. She is a member of the College of Medicine Faculty and practices at the Howard University Hospital.  Her clinical areas of interest are the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer, diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, benign colon disorders and anorectal conditions. In addition, she takes call for acute care surgery and trauma.  She is very involved with the education of medical students and postgraduate physicians. Her research areas of interest are surgical/medical education, simulation in healthcare and diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.


Dr. Ford is the founding director of the Howard University Health Sciences Simulation Center and is very involved with curricula development for integration of simulation into health science education in all of the health science-related fields at the university. She is very involved with interprofessional education and collaboration within the health sciences.