1985, Dr. Sutton spent three and a half months as the physician
in an Ethiopian feeding center sponsored by Church World Service.
The Ethiopian Journal is an account of that time.
Board certified in family practice, Dr. Sutton also trained in
nutrition, hospice care, and tropical medicine. In medical school,
she elected to go to Costa Rica for three months and during her
residency worked for the Indian Health Service in Gallup, New
Mexico and the Frontier Nursing Service in Hyden, Kentucky. Later
she served as physician with the North Carolina Board of Rural
Health Services in Appalachian Madison County.
A graduate of the University of California School of Medicine
at San Francisco and the University of Rochester Family Medicine
Program, she also studied at the University of London School of
Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
After her service in Ethiopia in 1985, Dr. Sutton served with
Freedom Medicine in Pakistan, caring for Afghan refugees, and
in India, Pakistan and Africa with the World Health Organization,
establishing clinics in Palliative Care and relief of pain for
For 3 decades, Dr. Sutton treated terminally ill
patients, as the Director of Palliative Care Services, and the
Barbara Ziegler Palliative Care Centers, in North Broward Hospital
District, Broward County, Florida.