AURORA, Colorado | June 9, 2015
By Kyle Ringo
Not a lot of young people make it out of the housing project in Los Angeles where Byron Ellis grew up. Few manage to stay out of gangs, out of trouble and on track with school to earn a chance to attend college.
Ellis recognized the percentages at a young age and decided he was going to make it. Sharice and Glen Deans raised their three sons to believe in themselves like that.
While playing high school football for Venice back in the early 2000s, Ellis injured his knee and had to visit a doctor for an MRI. When he saw the machine and the detailed imagery of his anatomy it provided, he was in awe. He found his calling and decided he wanted to be a doctor.
Earlier this month after years of hard work and knocking down barriers stacked against him, Ellis celebrated pushing through the final road blocks when he graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School to become Dr. Byron Ellis.
"My neighborhood growing up was littered with gangs, drugs, and violence as well as providing little to no inspiration into pursuing one's dreams," Ellis said this week in an email. "Individuals from this type of environment are doubted in our capabilities by outsiders to make something of ourselves and this just didn't sit right with me. This lit a fire in me at a young age to prove these people wrong."
And this month, Byron begins the first of his five years as a resident with the CU Orthopedic Surgery Program.
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Anschutz Medical Campus, Academic Office 1
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