History of Medicine
African Americans have always practiced medicine, whether as physicians, healers, midwives, or “root doctors.” The journey of the African American physician from pre-Civil War to modern day America has been a challenging one. Early black pioneer physicians not only became skilled practitioners, they became trailblazers and educators paving the way for future physicians, surgeons, and nurses, and opening doors to better health care for the African American community.
We celebrate the achievements of these pioneers in medicine by highlighting four contemporary pioneer African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of young African Americans pursuing medical careers.
Curated by Margaret A. Hutto and Jill L. Newmark
This web site was created to accompany an exhibition at the National Library of Medicine
and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, Baltimore.
February 1 – May 31, 2007.