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Toni Pearson

Toni Pearson and family

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program coordinator talks embracing the rich history and cuisine in Memphis.


The food scene in Memphis is simply amazing. I’ve never experienced a more diverse array of options; we have it all! The variety of authentic cuisine is one that can’t be beat, and it’s all delicious. My family is always looking for that next best place to eat, and it’s never hard to find with the constant growth and investment food connoisseurs are making in our city. 

Toni Pearson and family

Memphis is home. It is a place that is and always will be near and dear to my heart.

sketch of Toni Pearson

Toni Pearson


Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program


photo of exterior of the National Civil Rights Museum


Memphis is full of rich history. Growing up here has deep personal meaning to me with the immense growth and change I have witnessed as an African American. I get to see with my own eyes the things I’ve learned, read, and researched, and it’s special. Visiting the National Civil Rights Museum where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final speech was amazing. Visiting the various places where people marched and the landmarks that enhance the history of Memphis is an experience unlike any other. It means so much, especially when I get to see it firsthand. 


When I came to St. Jude, I knew right away I had found my dream job. Being part of a place that is so life-changing warms my heart. Every day, I’m reminded of the privilege I have to represent an ever-growing staple in our city. It’s exciting to contribute to such a great cause.