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Dr. Maxine Anderson Honored by City of Lynwood for Empowering for Women

Mar 16, 2019 | St. Francis News


Maxine Anderson, MD, was honored by the City of Lynwood for being a champion and role model for the empowerment of women at the City’s annual Celebration of Lynwood Women event on March 16, 2019, at the Lucy Avalos Community Center.  Lynwood Mayor Jose Luis Solache, Mayor Pro Tem Aide Castro, and Council Member Marisela Santana presented the honor to Dr. Anderson and recognized her accomplishments and contributions to our community.

Dr. Maxine Anderson is a renowned surgeon who has dedicated her time, skill, and talent to our community for more than 25 years.  She has been a member of St. Francis Medical Center’s Trauma Surgery Team since 2005.  She is a graduate of UCLA/Drew Medical School and completed her internship and residency at King/Drew Medical Center.  She is a member of the Drew Medical Society and the National Medical Association, and she is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Anderson has served in numerous physician leadership roles at St. Francis, including Assistant Chair of Surgery, Chief of Surgery, interim Chief Medical Officer, and currently Chief of Staff.  In addition, she has held past positions on the surgery teams of Brotman Medical Center, California Hospital Medical Center, and Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, and is the present Medical Director of Surgery at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.

Dr. Anderson believes every person should have the opportunity to pursue her or his passion and to develop the unique qualities and strengths she or he possesses.  She advocates that by growing, challenging, and maximizing our own capabilities, we encourage and enable others to discover their respective abilities.

“Reaching Your Potential” – It is a passion and conviction that Dr. Anderson has exemplified through her commitment to treating trauma victims here and to leading and serving on numerous international medical missions.  Over the past two decades she has volunteered on the medical/surgical teams to countries including Ecuador, Haiti, her homeland of Jamaica, and most recently Cambodia, where she has performed life-saving and life changing surgeries for men, women, and children in some of the poorest and most remote villages.  The next mission is scheduled for Cuba. 

Here personal successes parallel her professional accomplishments.  She has completed two LA Marathons, served as Olympic Community Member for the Liberian International Athletic Foundation for both the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, and the 2012 Olympics in London, and was the personal physician for Juanita Abernathy, the acclaimed international civil rights advocate, as both she and Ms. Abernathy attended as guests at the first inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

Dr. Anderson’s affirming influence and positive impact on the patients in her care and the people in our community have not gone unnoticed.  Among her notable awards and recognitions are the Charles Drew Award, Leroy Weeks Award, Delford G. Williams Award, the Heart of St. Francis Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, and the African NAFCA Humanitarian Award. 

Dr. Anderson proudly and humbly accepted the City of Lynwood honor with inspiring words for the more than 100 students, working women, mothers, daughters, and seniors in attendance.  Her key message for attendees and for women everywhere was to not let others define you, and above all else, she said,

You have to have self-confidence.

Encouraging guests to be emboldened, she closed with her favorite quote that she hopes will serve to empower us all:

The universe is as it should be, do not resist.

We congratulate Dr. Anderson for this well-deserved honor and thank her for her compassion, courage, and commitment to providing pathways of success for others.



Dr. Maxine Anderson Honored by City of Lynwood for Empowering for Women