The Capital Region has been home to one of the first successful African-American women in pediatrics in the nation for nearly half a century.
Dr. Constance Glasgow has received numerous awards and great praise for her work in the medical field. Despite her busy medical career, she still finds time to volunteer with community organizations and mentor young women interested in health care.
Most recently, she was recognized by the New York State Senate with its “Women of Distinction” award, which is given out to women who have made an exceptional impact on the community in which they live and work.
Sen. Hugh T. Farley, R-Niskayuna, selected Glasgow to be the recipient of the award for his 49th Senate District.
The senator had nothing but wonderful things to say about why he believed she deserved the honor:
“Not only was she a pioneer in being one of the first successful African-American women in medical field, but she has been dedicated to serving her community for almost 50 years now. I’ve nominated scores of remarkable women, but Constance Glasgow is among the best of them. She is a very vibrant and gifted woman.”
After earning her medical degree from the SUNY Sciences Center in Brooklyn, Glasgow completed her residency at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. She then moved upstate to Clifton Park, first taking patients at her home and then moving to her current practice at Capital Care Pediatrics.
“Before she came to Clifton Park, there was no pediatrician in the town,” explains Patricia Donohue, a close friend. “What she’s done in her career has touched an entire community. She is a truly caring and compassionate person.”
Farley said Donohue, president of the Clifton Park Halfmoon Ladies Auxiliary, was among the many people who nominated Glasgow to receive her recent award.
Glasgow has served the Clifton Park community since 1966, and she has served as the chief of newborn services at the former Bellevue Women’s Hospital and as a board member for Schulyer Ridge Nursing Home. Currently, she is also an attending physician at Ellis Hospital where she serves as a member of the ethics committee while balancing another position on the neonatal advisory committee at Bellevue.
Glasgow also volunteers her time and medical knowledge to various local organizations, including high schools, churches and Girl Scout troops.
“She is a simply a remarkable physician who is beloved and admired by her community. When we presented her the award, there was an absolutely tremendous showing of people who came for her honor,” Farley said.
Glasgow continues to work at Capital Care Pediatrics and Ellis with no plans to retire, maintaining her tradition as a mentor and caretaker in the community.