Recognizing Our Own in Lorain

Feb 28 2023

As we celebrate Black History Month, we want to pay tribute to a few important African American physicians in our Lorain market. These amazing providers continue to make a difference for their patients as well as in the community  

Dr. Mary Esho

Mary Esho, MD, (pictured above, right) is a primary care internist at Mercy Health – Avon Primary and Specialty Care. Born in Nigeria, Dr. Esho overcame many obstacles to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a doctor. After graduating from University of Lagos in Nigeria, she completed her medical residency at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Esho’s resilience, grit and hard work has been an inspiration to many within our communities. She is truly a representation of the dreams of Black history’s heroes and heroines.  

Dr. Martin Akusoba

Martin Akusoba, MD, (pictured above, middle) is the medical director of the emergency department at Mercy Health – Allen Hospital. With more than 40 years of experience practicing medicine in both Nigeria and the United States, Dr. Akusoba is committed to bringing good health to our communities by delivering high-quality and cost-effective care.

When asked what Black History Month means to him, Dr. Akusoba shares, “this month challenges us yearly to be our best while giving us the opportunity to highlight strength in diversity.”

Dr. Marcietta Wilson Coleman

Marcietta Wilson, DO, (pictured above, left) is an OB-GYN practicing at Mercy Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology in Amherst and Lorain, Ohio. Dr. Wilson has been practicing, educating and engaging in the Lorain County community for nearly 20 years.

“My life is lived because of the experience of Black history,” she shares. “I look at my existence as an extension of my ancestors – from the continent of Africa to the shores of the Americas and Caribbean. I’m the promise of their prayers and sacrifices, and my work as a physician is based upon that dream of opportunity. Because of their survival, it is my duty to educate and treat those who are currently marginalized by society.”

Dr. Wilson’s hope is to inspire, nurture and heal her patients and their families, so that the next generation is empowered to dismantle the disparities that exist in education, income and health care.

Read more Black History Month stories about our team members.

Also, learn about the health care services we offer at Mercy Health.

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