WellStar N. Fulton names first woman, African-American as chief of staff

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WellStar N. Fulton names first woman, African-American as chief of staff

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Dr. Shelley Dunson-Allen is the first woman and first African-American to be named chief of staff at WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

This hospital in Roswell has never had a woman or African-American leading its team of medical professionals, until 2017.

WellStar Health System recently named Dr. Shelley Dunson-Allen as chief of staff at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. In her new role, Dunson-Allen will develop and implement plans alongside the medical staff, participate in reviews of the hospital, serve as a member of the hospital’s board and chair the Medical Executive Committee.

Before being named chief of staff, Dunson-Allen worked with midwives to offer a holistic approach to pregnancy and birth, including water births and cesarean sections when necessary. She also performed minimally-invasive, robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery at the hospital. 

Dunson-Allen attended Harvard Medical School and completed her internship and residency at Emory University in 1993. She has served as an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and as a clinical instructor in Emory University’s gynecology and obstetrics department. 

She has been in private practice at Providence Women’s Healthcare in North Fulton County since 2001, and serves on the board of directors for the Georgia OB/GYN Society. 

“This community is home to me after caring for patients and delivering babies here for 17 years,” Dunson-Allen said in a release. “It is an honor and privilege to continue serving patients in this new capacity, working closely with fellow physicians and clinical team members to find new ways to deliver world-class healthcare together.”

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