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It's Topic Tuesday!

Updated: Feb 20

Today is Topic Tuesday with Aortic Hope.


February is Black History Month and we would like to share with you an article from Becker's Hospital Review, by Brooke Murphy and Morgan Haefner, "21 Medical Pioneers to celebrate this Black History Month":


In honor of Black History Month, here are 21 exceptional clinicians and healthcare professionals who advanced medicine and race relations in the U.S.

  1. Alexander Augusta, MD. First black physician appointed director of a U.S. hospital.

  2. Patricia Bath, MD. First black female physician awarded a patent for a medical invention.

  3. Robert Boyd, MD. President and co-founder of the first professional organization for black physicians.

  4. Lonnie Bristow, MD. First black physician elected president of the American Medical Association.

  5. Alexa Canady, MD. First black female neurosurgeon. Today is Topic Tuesday with Aortic Hope.

  6. Ben Carson, MD. First neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins attached at the back of the head.

  7. Donna Christian-Christensen, MD. First female physician elected to Congress.

  8. Rebecca Crumpler, MD. First black woman awarded a medical degree from a U.S. college.

  9. Helen Dickens, MD. First black woman admitted to the American College of Surgeons.

  10. Charles Drew, MD. First to use blood plasma to store blood for transfusion.

  11. Joycelyn Elders, MD. First black female physician appointed surgeon general.

  12. Roselyn Epps, MD. First black president of the American Medical Women's Association.

  13. Kenneth Frazier, JD. First black man to lead a major pharmaceutical company.

  14. Solomon Fuller, MD. First black psychiatrist recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.

  15. Marilyn Gaston, MD. First black female director of an U.S. Public Health Service bureau.

  16. William Hinton, MD. First black physician to teach at Harvard Medical School.

  17. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA. First black female president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  18. Mary Mahoney, RN. First black woman awarded a nursing degree.

  19. James Smith, MD. First black man to practice with a medical degree in the U.S.

  20. Daniel Williams, MD. One of the first physicians to perform a successful open-heart surgery; founded the first interracial and black-owned hospital.

  21. Jane Wright, MD. First woman elected president of the New York Cancer Society. J


Click HERE to view detailed information about there medical pioneers.



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