Haitian-American Doctor David J. Malbranche, You've Seen Him On CNN

There is a Haitian-American doctor, Dr. David J. Malebranche, you have probably seen him on CNN and BET.

haitianinternet.com/f28/dr-david-m...The other day I received an email from Merritt G. Claude, one of my newsletter subscribers, regarding Dr. David J. Malebranche and his recent appearance on CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon.

In the email, Merrit said:

"A certain Dr. David Malebranche was on CNN at 11:30PM tonight speaking about the spread of AIDS in the Black community and within America as a whole. He was very well spoken, obviously knowledgeable and might be a Haitian American."

I was able to get in touch with Dr. Malebranche (don't ask me how) and confirm Merrit's assumption.

Here is my email to Dr. David J. Malebranche:

How are you?

My name is Woodring Saint Preux and I currently publish a Haitian-American Newsletter on the Internet.

I received the following message from one of my readers: "A certain Dr. David Malebranche was on CNN at 11:30PM tonight speaking about the spread of AIDS in the Black community and within America as a whole. He was very well spoken, obviously knowledgeable and might be a Haitian American."

I wanted to share the information with my list, assuming of course that she is right and you are Haitian American.

I would love to know if you are Haitian American

Sincerely, Woodring Saint Preux

Dr, David J. Malebranche was very courteous and replied to me almost instantly... I love people who check their email regularly!

Here is Dr. Malbranche's reply:


Nice to hear from you, yes I am a 1st generation Haitian-American. My father was born in Anse-a-Veau and came to the states in the 1960s. My mother is European-American, and unfortunately, I didn't learn Kreyol as a child growing up as she didn't know the language and my father was working hard in NY to provide for us.

I was on CNN the other night, and yes, I would be honored and very happy if you shared my information with the list!

My father is a retired surgeon and is still living in NY with my mother. What a small world, I was asked to do the panel at the last minute (Friday night) but I did it.

I am a physician here and do a lot of work with HIV/AIDS, both research and clinical.

Hope this letter finds you well...

Dr. David J. Malebranche, M.D., M.P.H.

There you have it... You inquiring minds of the Haitian community!

I did a little bit more research about Dr. David J. Malebranche to find out what else he is up to...

All I can say is: "Dr. Phil watch out! There is a new Doctor in town."

They say it is impolite for someone to brag about oneself. Haitians call it "Fe Djole", I call it a "Self-Omercial."

The good doctor did not brag in his email... But I will...!

Hope you don't mind... :)

First: What is the link between Dr. David Malebranche and CNN Dr. Sanjay Gupta?

haitianinternet.com/f29/david-male...If you watch CNN then you know who Dr. Sanjay Gupta is. If you don't, let me tell you.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is an American neurosurgeon and a CNN medical correspondent who was reportedly offered the position of surgeon general by President Barack Obama last month, an offer which he accepted.

Guess what Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Haitian-American Dr. David J. Malebranche have something in common; they are both assistant professors in Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia, ranked among the nation's finest institutions for biomedical education.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and Dr. David J. Malebranche is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University's School of Medicine.

Ki sa? Se pa vre!

Wi... Se vre! but there's more...

Second: Dr. Malbranche's work has been featured in many popular media that you may know.

Here are some highlights from an article posted on minority.unc.edu:

Dr. Malebranche's work has been featured in medical and public health journals such as

  • The Annals of Internal Medicine,
  • The American Journal of Public Health,
  • Health Affairs,
  • Academic Medicine, and
  • the Journal of the National Medical Association.

Dr. Malebranche is known as a dynamic speaker nationwide and has been featured for his expertise on HIV in the Black community in documentaries on the following television networks:

  • CNN,
  • ABC News Primetime, and
  • Black Entertainment Television (BET)

Dr. Malebranche has also been recognized in the Black same gender-loving community with an award from Clik Magazine in politics/health and the Community Service Award from Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), a community-based organization in New York City.

Dr. Malebranche recently completed a project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) exploring the social factors influencing the HIV testing practices and sexual risk behaviors of Black MSM (Black men and men who have sex with men).

In July 2006, Dr. Malebranche was appointed to the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA)

Ki sa? Se pa vre!

Wi... Se vre! but there's more...

I have one request for the Obama Administration:

Please make sure Dr. Sanjay Gupta becomes the next Surgeon General of the United States because, just like Haitian-American Senator Kwame Raoul replaced President Obama in Chicago, I know somebody who can replace Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN, he is Haitian American and his name is Dr. David J. Malebranche.

I am writing this article and I am reminded of this old Haiti Kanaval song that says:

"N-ap pike... pi devan... paske mashinn nou an fom...sa-k pa gen... bon mote... antre nan garaj!..."

I don't know why but you'll figure it out :)

My name is Woodring Saint Preux and I said it.

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Roger says...

Its a shame that Dr. Malebranche Sr. talks so highly of his background but fails to mention his children Roger, and Maria; which where born to another European woman whom he married in the 60's. If he truly wants to "represent" his background from Haity, he should keep this in mind. He talks on how the goverment dosent recognise his background, he should know his

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Bernadette says...

My questions to Dr. Malbranche is where exactly was he during those two weeks during the quake and its aftermath?

From what I understand He and Dr. Gupta work together in the States.

Dr. Gupta certainly made a heroic act of being in Haiti with the Haitians people even when it was not safe to do so. Dr. Malbranche certainly was not in Haiti.

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Mach says...

Would you be any chance be related to she same Malebranche family in Haiti?

My grand father was Luc

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Pierrette J. says...

I am so please to read about the Haitian community and how much efforts we invested to the American culture.

I wish one day we (Haitian-American or Native Haitian) could go back and applied what we learned to educate the people about health prevention and promotion chronic disease.

Once again Congrat to both father and

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Ti Chouchou says...

Congratulation Dr Malbranche and love for you brother, bye the way good looking men, we pround to be Haitian when u read that `gros Doc, pa jou ti
doc.good have mercy, good job doc and good day brother

brother you from a big country remember that and we loves

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Linda Summers says...

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Try AMI Cargo located in Hollywood, Florida.

They have great service and low rates.

Give them a call

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C. Lamour says...

Good Morning Woodring, am I late. This is so wonderful.

However, I would like to have the e-mail address of Dr. Malbranche.

I am a Medical Educator for people who are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS; it is a burden to bring our Haitian people to care. I am looking for any opportunity or any third party who would like to join me to educaton our people.

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Rodlam Sans Malice says...

I am really proud of Dr.Mallebranche's accomplishments.The haitian community should show his picture to their children in order for them to know that the haitian community is not composed of only boat people and HIV infected people the mway the racist media wants to portray us.

Although Dr. Mallebranch is a very intelligent man he should learn more about the history of his country of origin.

I find his comments on the failure of democracy in Haiti very disturbing.Has he inherited the same prejudices of the upper class of the haitian society which considers the poors illiterate people who could not choose their representatives?The first question he should ask is the following:How come after 2 centuries of independance there are so many illeterate people in haiti?Who is responsible of this

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Murielle says...

It is very pleasing to read about a Haitian-American doing so well. As a mother of two daughters, those are the role models that I want my children to look up to and to let them know that anything is possible, as long as you are willing to work hard at it.

My best to you and your

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