Greta Charisse Manning, MD
Born in Tuskegee, AL to Arthur and Ora Manning, Dr. Manning was a very studious and active child. After graduating 6th in her class at Tuskegee Institute High School, she matriculated at the University of Alabama and received a Bachelor of Science in 1988. Returning home, she began a Master of Science in Molecular Biology at Tuskegee University but she knew that her goal was to become a physician. She soon began her studies at the University of Michigan Medical School while she completed requirements for her Masters.
During Medical school, Dr. Manning accepted a Navy Scholarship to cover the cost of her medical training. In 1995, Greta became the first physician in her family after graduating from the highly ranked University of Michigan.
Dr. Manning went on to complete a Transitional Residency at St. John Hospital in Detroit with intentions to complete a residency in radiation oncology that she had been awarded. However, after a 4 year stent in the U.S. Navy as a general medical officer, her focused changed to primary care. She then completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Having been given a 6 month waiver, Greta completed her residency early.
Now practicing in Clarksville, TN, Dr. Manning enjoys partnership in group practice where she serves more than 2000 patients. But in 2006, she realized that she could not save everyone when her mother, Ora Manning, lost her battle to complications of end stage renal disease.
After asking God to give meaning to her mother's death, Greta was given the acronym for Ora - Obliterating Renal Ailments. "We have so much information, yet so little. The kidneys are delicate organs that can be effected by many things. Once they are injured, many times we have no other treatment to offer except lifetime dialysis or transplant. We need more research to help us better understand the basis of the injuries so we may develop other treatments for kidney diseases."
Dr. Manning has also been moved by her patients who cannot afford treatment or do not have transportation to obtain dialysis. Ora's Alliance was thus birthed.