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Breland Crudup, MD

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

PhD Student in Physiology and Biophysics

" Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs the all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4: 16-18,NIV)

Breland Crudup was born February 14, 1995 in Jackson, MS to Maggie Crudup and Bobby Crudup, Sr. The youngest of four children and the son of a teacher, Breland was entrained from a young age to always strive for success and further his education whenever possible. Breland first began his pursuit of education at McLeod Elementary and continued at Northwest Jackson Middle School as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, where he graduated in 2009 as valedictorian. After graduating from Northwest, Breland attended Jim Hill High School as an IB student. During his sophomore year, the principal, Bobby Brown, was so impressed with Breland’s academic achievement that he recommended Breland as a mentee for the 100 Black Men. Involvement with the 100 has helped to further shape Breland’s aspirations for success; seeing successful black men give back to their community established that race does not have to be a determinant for what is possible. In addition to involvement with the 100, Breland was a part of numerous clubs and organizations, eventually graduating valedictorian in 2013. Soon after Breland attended Tougaloo College, joining the prestigious Jackson Heart Study in 2014, interning at Harvard Medical School in 2015 and 2016, and graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2017 with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. Breland enrolled at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in 2017, where he served as a member of several organizations, among which were the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Black Representation in Medicine (BRIM), the latter of which he served as vice-president. Upon graduating medical school in 2021, Breland decided to pursue a PhD at UMMC’s department of Physiology and Biophysics, where he is now a second-year graduate student. Upon successful matriculation of his program, Breland plans to pursue a residency in Neurology with emphasis on research.

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