Humanitarian Doctor Cornelia E. Davis Releases Inspiring Memoir On Risk & Regret

In her latest memoir, Connie looks back on her life and shares stories from her past, asking herself “did I make a difference?”. She hopes to inspire people to take calculated risks and live life to the full.

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The new book talks about her 35 years of work across twenty countries in Africa and Asia. Dr. Davis shares her exploits in the medical field of epidemiology, the science of disease outbreaks.

Connie’s career kicked off after being hired by the World Health Organization to work in the Smallpox Eradication Program in India in 1975. Smallpox is an ancient virus that caused a variety of symptoms including a characteristic rash and pustules, leading to death in 30% of cases. Owing to work such as Dr. Davis’, smallpox was declared officially eradicated in 1979.

In Risking is Better Than Regretting, Connie reveals that the secret to her success was maintaining an open mind towards all opportunities that arose and going wherever they led her.

Her memoir was written to encourage readers to do the same, giving them the chance to reflect on their lives and take calculated risks by weighing the consequences. Dr. Davis hopes to inspire readers to live with purpose while focusing on the things and people that increase their sense of self-worth.

Throughout her career, Dr. Davis went on to work in Ethiopia to help the African Ministry of Health prevent and control meningococcal meningitis. She was employed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where she spent the next 30 years battling disease outbreaks such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and yellow fever.

Her other books include Searching for Sitala Mata: Eradicating Smallpox in India where she documents her time there, and Three Years in Ethiopia which tells the story of how civil war and an epidemic led her to her daughter, a three-month-old infant found on the steps of a cathedral.

Dr. Davis attended Gonzaga University and was one of the first black women admitted to the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine where she graduated in 1972. After finishing a pediatric residency, she earned her Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. For more information, please visit

A reader of her latest book said, “I highly recommend this wonderful book to readers who love to travel and seek personal growth as a result.”

Interested readers can find out more and purchase Dr. Cornelia Davis’ latest book at


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