A black doctor’s career has a long, long way to go, but if you look for a place where you can see some progress, there’s no shortage of options.
Here are some black doctors and their accomplishments.1.
Dr. A. James Clark, MD, PhD, FACP and CPA, was the first black doctor to be hired by the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center (UCLA) in 1955.
Clark served as a surgical assistant to Dr. James H. Grier, the first surgeon at UCLA who pioneered the field of black surgery.
He also served as the first doctor to receive a Ph.
D. from the University College of London in 1967.2.
Robert G. Shaffer and Paul E. Pinto Jr., MD, both of whom served as surgical residents at Harvard Medical School and the University Hospital of New South Wales (UHN), were the first doctors to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (PMF).
Shaffer was awarded the medal in 1967 and Pinto received it in 1989.3.
Dr Robert J. Fowles, MD was the second doctor to serve as president of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
He was also the first to serve on the board of directors of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAMI).4.
Dr Lyle W. Clark, M.D., was the physician who invented the first colonoscopy device, the colonoscopically expanded (COVID-19) device.
The device was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1985.5.
Dr Richard S. Cope, M, PhD was the medical director of the University Health System of New York City and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977.
He served as medical director until 1985.6.
Dr Edward C. Rennert, MD served as president and CEO of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal government’s primary insurer for health insurance, from 1977 to 1986.7.
Dr Michael F. Schmid, MSP, was chairman and CEO and co-founder of the Johns Hopkins University College Of Medicine, which was established in 1869.
Schmied founded the Hopkins Center for Health Policy in 1968, which now serves as the Johns, MD School of Public Health.8.
Dr James B. Davis, MSc, was president of St. Louis University College.
Davis was a professor of anatomy at the university, where he is also a fellow of the Society of Anatomists of Canada.9.
Dr Frank J. Schleicher, MD received the Presidential Achievement Medal in 1976 and the Medal of Honor in 1997.10.
Dr Steven D. Waddington, MD earned the prestigious Distinguished Doctoral Award in 1998.
He was appointed chairman of the Department of Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cincinnati.11.
Dr Ronald W. Lasky, MD retired from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1993 after serving as a professor at St. John’s University Hospital in New Jersey.
He is now an adjunct professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.12.
Dr Daniel A. Risbey, MD (left), is the second black doctor who was named president of Doctors Without Borders, a non-governmental organization founded in 1999 by African-Americans to advocate for human rights and social justice.13.
Dr George F. O’Connor, MD has been elected to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s oldest pediatric medical society.
He has served as chair of the AAP’s board of governors since 2008.14.
Dr R. Keith W. Wilson, MD became the first white doctor to earn a medical degree at the University Medical School of Florida, where Wilson was a surgeon.
He earned his medical degree in 1968 from the Cleveland Clinic and received his residency from Columbia University in 1975.15.
Dr Kenneth S. Nutter, MD is the only black man to serve in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, a unit of the U