Mary Washington is the eclectic mastermind and passionate doctor behind our feisty Rapper MD. She is an accomplished nephrologist, specializing in kidney disease , kidney transplantation, hypertension and dialysis. Dr Washington graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin, completing an internal medicine residency/nephrology fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her first job landed her in Harlingen, Texas where near the Mexican border she immersed herself in the culture of the Texas Valley.
Through her work and travels Dr. Washington became sensitive to the disproportionate statistics of diabetes and high blood pressure in the african-american/latin american communities – thus her alter-ego, “RapperMD” was born.
Though Dr. Washington is a deeply caring and successful physician, her first passion has always been music. At the age of two, she became fascinated with the sounds of the piano and began formal lesson at age six. Naturally, with other musicians in the family, she found an interest in her father’s guitar and subsequently her uncle’s tenor sax.
It was no surprise Dr. Washington decided on a musical path when endeavoring to spread this crucial message. Her versatility in the arts allows her to offer a diverse sound to an equally diverse audience. Her debut album, The Cuttin’ Edge, is a hard hitting, bold sound, that not only makes you move but cuts deep with the razor sharp words and harsh realities that address issues of poor eating habits, obesity and lack of exercise in our country.
Alongside her musical talent comes a knack for creative writing. Written in both English & Spanish, Dr. Washington has combined her medical know-how and experience with her love for music to compose her debut book. My Emotional Pleas is a compilation of poems and songs written by the doctor that help paint a grim, yet genuine picture of what a doctor sees. In My Emotional Pleas, Dr. Washington begs and demands patients, friends and onlookers to change their lifestyle and avoid becoming a future victim of this deadly epidemic. A third edition of her trailblazing book will be coming soon.
By giving beneficial and vital information through speeches, music and community engagements, Dr. Washington is determined to spread the knowledge of her industry and why she doesn’t want us to be a part of it.
Dr. Washington practices in Houston, Texas as a Board Certified Nephrologist and Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Her unique skillset has allowed her to have clinical privileges at several hospitals around the city, including: Bayshore Hospital, Kindred Heights, Texas Select, Park Plaza, St. Luke’s Episcopal, Select Specialty, Memorial Herman Greater Heights, St. Joseph Hospital and Women’s Hospital.