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The Contemporary – Jessica Saxe, MD, FAAFP

Updated: Feb 6

Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe worked as a family physician for the underserved for Carolinas HealthCare System for 34 years before retiring in 2015. In practice, she saw daily examples of people who did not get needed care for financial reasons, which strengthened her conviction that everyone should have access to health care. She chairs Health Care Justice—NC, which advocates improved Medicare for All as the most effective, economic way to extend high-quality health care to all. It is a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program of which she is on the national board.

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Dr. Saxe has won many awards, including the Council for Children Dolly award for child advocacy, the Mecklenburg County Medical Society President’s Award, and the YWCA Woman of Achievement award.


A graduate of Oberlin College and Tufts University School of Medicine, she and did family medicine residency at Duke.


She is married and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.


Dr. Saxe’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Have a vision of what you think medicine should be, and what your place is in it.

Number 2: Despite medical advances, despite technology, it’s still all about the doctor-patient relationship.

Number 3: Medicine and medical care are powerful, but we need to have humility and realize how many other factors are important to the health of our patients – Sometimes more so than the medical care itself.

Number 4: Find your own North Star and let it guide you and enjoy yourself along the way.


Connect with Dr. Saxe:

Dr. Saxe via Email.


Notable quotes from Dr. Saxe’s interview:

Remember: You walk in the footsteps of giants.
I feel very strongly that people need healthcare and better affordable Healthcare
Another thing that people talk about is “well, if we have socialized or medicare-for-all we will have wait times” and you know people go on and on and on about that first of all it’s not necessarily true.
My patients who were unfunded never got on a waitlist if they needed elective surgery like a knee replacement, so their wait times were infinite.
If you don’t recognize the name ‘Rebecca Crumpler’, I recommend you look her up. She was the first black woman physician and as brave and dedicated and innovative as any others you’ve heard of.
All of us took an oath to put patients first, to practice ethically, to respect life, and to treat patients without discriminating.
I’m not working for the administration. I’m working for my patients.


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