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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Ellerbe native Gibson has career in psychiatry, publishing

Ellerbe native Dr. Mitchell Gibson has had a career in psychiatry and publishing.
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Richmond Senior High School Class of 1977 graduate Dr. Mitchell Gibson has amassed quite the resume since growing up on a farm in Ellerbe.  

Gibson is one of the world’s leading authorities on the interface of science, human psychology, and the frontiers of human consciousness. He is a board-certified forensic psychiatrist, author and corporate CEO.

Born on Aug. 24, 1959 to William James and Mary Magdalene Gibson, he was one of five. While attending Richmond Senior High School, he excelled in academics as a Junior Class Marshall and was named Outstanding Senior. Upon graduation, he received a full scholarship to Florida A & M University where he majored in Premedical Science and graduated at the top of his pre-med class magna cum laude. 

Prior to medical school, he won a college-wide research competition in 1980 for his work in cancer research, which led to Proctor and Gamble recruiting him to continue his research at the Miami Valley Research Facility in Cincinnati Ohio in the summer of 1981. A few months later, in the fall of 1981, he received a Board of Governor’s Scholarship and completed his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 with honors in psychiatry. He completed his psychiatry and neurology residency training at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia in 1989. During his last year of residency he was elected the first African American chief resident in Psychiatry and received the Albert Einstein Foundation Research Award for his work in sleep disorders.

Gibson next moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he was named the first African American chief of staff at the East Valley Camelback Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. He has been listed among the Top Doctors in Arizona in the Phoenix magazine on several occasions. He has also twice been named to the Woodward and White listing of the “Best Doctors in America.” In 2003, 2004 and 2005, he was honored with listings in the Consumer Research Council of America’s compilation of the Top Psychiatrists in America. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been consulted by Fortune 500 corporations, world famous athletes, entertainers, politicians, religious leaders, government agencies, and Hollywood movie-makers. Gibson served as medical correspondent for a number of television, radio, magazine and newspaper affiliates in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and received The NAACP Image Award in 1990. 

He has delivered addresses to many of the world’s largest conferences related to science and consciousness, such as The International Science and Consciousness Conference, The Sivananda Ashram Annual Symposium, International Institute of Integral Human Sciences, The SSGRR-IT Conference on Advances in Electronic Medicine in Italy, The Southeast Regional Unity Ministers Conference, Carnegie Hall, and many others.


In 2005, he moved back to North Carolina and opened a highly successful $20 million publishing company, Tybro Publications. The company focuses on self-help books, streaming videos, and audio downloads. Tybro Publications ships products to more than 160 countries and is based in Greensboro.

Gibson has written more than 50 books, a number of which have reached No. 1 bestseller status on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. His most famous titles include “The First Darkness,” “Nine Insights to A Highly Successful Life,” “The Living Soul,” and “Ancient Teaching Stories.”

Gibson and his wife Kathy live in Durham. Their two children, Michael and Tiffany, work for the corporation and both live in the Triangle area.

Join us today in celebrating the amazing success of this Ellerbe native!

Meghann Lambeth is executive director of the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority.

(Editor’s Note: Visit Richmond County is highlighting prominent local African Americans each day in February in honor of Black History Month. Previous individuals featured include late Richmond County sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr., late state representative Harrison Ingram Quick, dancer and makeup artist Ciarra Kelley, Ellerbe Mayor Brenda Capel, two-time Super Bowl champion Perry Williams, Bishop Arlester Simpson of Ellerbe, Richmond County School Board member Ronald Tillman, and educator Melvin Ingram. See the Visit Richmond County Facebook page for more on these outstanding individuals.)