About Dr. Cornelia E. Davis


Dr. Cornelia E. Davis, MD, author of the Amazon bestseller Searching for Sitala Mata, Eradicating Smallpox in India grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and graduated from Gonzaga University. In 1968, she was one of the first black women admitted to the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. After finishing her pediatric residency at the USC Los Angeles County teaching hospital, a chance opportunity led to the World Health Organization hiring her for their smallpox eradication program in India.

Davis returned to the United States in 1977, earned a master of public health degree (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and went on to work at the Centers for Disease Control/Atlanta. She battled disease outbreaks in Africa and Asia for thirty years.

Now semiretired, she lives on Lake Chapala, near Guadalajara, Mexico. She currently writes memoirs, enjoys acting in the Lakeside Little Theater, and traveling to exotic places at the end of the road such as Tibet, Mongolia, and countries along the Silk Road.  Her second memoir seems certain to captivate and inspire you to persevere and go after your dreams.  

One person can make a difference; make it count!
Cornelia Davis, MD


Feature in guadalajara Newspaper

Local Guadalajara English newspaper highlights Connie Davis's book, Searching for Sitala Mata: Eradicating Smallpox in India.

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Alpha Sigma Nu Magis Medals

As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, Alpha Sigma Nu (ΑΣΝ), the Jesuit Honor Society, is recognizing Dr. Cornelia Davis as one of its key 100 inductees.  Founded at Marquette University in 1915 by Fr. John Danihy, S.J., ΑΣΝ is naming its top 100 inductees to mark its centennial of honoring the students of Jesuit higher education who are most distinguished in scholarship, loyal to Jesuit ideals, and committed to serving others.

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Goddess of Smallpox: Cornelia E. Davis, MD

One Woman’s Mission: Eradicating Smallpox in India.

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