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The Doctor Broad: Author Talk with Barbara Roberts

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
315 Academy Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

It is hard to imagine a more unlikely duo than mob boss Raymond Patriarca and Dr. Barbara Roberts. Undisputed mob boss, Raymond Patriarca, led the notorious New England mafia out of a storefront in Providence, Rhode Island beginning in the 1950s. In the 80’s, Barbara Roberts was a single mother of three, a feminist, and the first female cardiologist in Rhode Island with a full life. Their lives could not be more different. But all that changed on December 4, 1980... Get free tickets through Eventbrite to hear the rest of Barbara Robert's story, from the doctor herself!

Join us however you feel comfortable — in person or online! Mount Pleasant Library will host the author talk in our new outdoor tent space. Copies of Dr. Robert’s book, The Doctor Broad: a Mafia Love Story, will be available to purchase and have signed for those attending in person.


There are a limited number of tickets for the in-person event. Get your tickets through Eventbrite before we sell out! During checkout, please specify whether you will be attending in-person, online, or if you wish to be added to the waitlist for the in-person event if we sold out. Virtual attendees will receive instructions on how to join prior to the event.


Barbara Roberts, MD was the first woman to practice adult cardiology in the state of Rhode Island. She founded and directed the Women’s Cardiac Center at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI from 2002 to 2016. She also helped found the Women’s National Abortion Action Coalition (WONAAC) and was the keynote speaker at the first national pro-choice demonstration in Washington DC in November 1971. She continues on the voluntary faculty at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where she is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine. She is the recipient of many awards including the Rhode Island NAACP Ida Wells Barnett Award and the Rhode Island Urban League Recognition of Excellence Award. She was named a Top Doctor for Women three times by RI Monthly Magazine and was chosen by Ms. Magazine in their first group of Found Women. She was inducted into the RI Heritage Hall of Fame in 2006 and was named a Local Legend by the American Medical Women’s Association.


Please, note our safety measures. The event is outside and limited to 15 people. Masks are required. Seats are spaced 6 feet apart and hand sanitizer is available. Please, stay home if you are sick.

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