Dr. Darryl Powell Memorial Page


Dr. Darryl Powell touched the lives of countless patients, medical students, residents, faculty members and others at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH), Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), Boston Medical Center (BMC), and the broader Harvard Medical School community. As a care provider, he was known not only for his remarkable clinical acumen, but also for his incredible ability to connect with his patients and put them at ease, especially when they were under tremendous stress. He chose the combined discipline of internal medicine-pediatrics because he wanted to devote his career to improving the transition from pediatric care to adult care for patients with chronic diseases of childhood, such as Sickle Cell Disease.

Sickle Cell Disease is most common among those of African descent, and patients with the disease often face disparities in the care they receive. Dr. Powell was intensely focused on addressing inequities related to race and ensuring that these issues were discussed openly and honestly among residents and faculty in order to provide the best care to our patients. He also worked closely with the BWH Office for Multicultural Careers and the BCH/BMC Diversity Council on addressing inequities and issues related to recruitment and diversity in the workforce.

As chief resident, Dr. Powell was a beloved mentor for medical students and residents at BWH, BCH, and BMC, as well as for medical students and residents nationwide as part of the Student National Medical Association.

Although the residency schedule, especially that of a chief resident, is demanding and time-consuming, Dr. Powell left a lasting impression on everyone he met because he always exuded joy and happiness. He sought to uplift those around him, including his patients and colleagues. When he wasn’t working, you could find him joyfully singing in his church or at the annual BWH housestaff celebration, Medicine and the Muse.

Dr. Powell was about six weeks away from completing his final year in residency. He had plans to do a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he grew up.

Donations to this fund will be used to support efforts aimed toward improving the care and lives of patients with Sickle Cell Disease, and will serve as a part of Dr. Powell’s legacy.

Dr. Powell will be greatly missed.

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in memory of
Dr. Darryl Powell , Jr., MD



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