February is recognized as Black History Month which acknowledges the contributions Black Americans have made in America. It is also a time to reflect on the continued struggle for racial justice and equality Black Americans face. Midtown Medical Center celebrates Black History Month by spotlighting black medical professionals who impacted American history through the advancement of medicine both domestic and abroad. We honor the healthcare researchers, clinicians, and doctors who forever advanced medicine in America.

James McCune Smith, MD (1813 — 1865) The first African American to receive a medical degree.

Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD (b. 1939) The first African American woman to direct a major public health services bureau and the second African American woman to achieve the position of Assistant Surgeon General and the rank of Rear Admiral in the US Public Health Service.

Fred Rubel, DC Graduate of the National School of Chiropractic and the first known black chiropractor. Dr. Rubel opened the Rubel College of Chiropractic which allowed people of all ethnicities, races, and backgrounds to enroll.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD (1831 — 1895) Rebecca Lee Crumpler, born Rebecca Davis, was an American physician, nurse, and author. After studying at the New England Female Medical College, in 1864, she became the first African American woman to become a doctor of medicine in the United States.

Charles Drew (1904–1950) Charles Richard Drew was an American surgeon and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge to developing large scale blood banks early in World War II.

Alexa Irene Canady, MD (b. 1950) In 1981, she became the first black neurosurgeon in the United States. She specialized as a pediatric neurosurgeon and served as Chief of Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan from 1987 to 2001.

Daniel Hale Williams III Daniel Hale Williams was an American general surgeon, who in 1893 performed the first documented, successful pericardium surgery in the US to repair a wound.

Louis Tompkins Wright, MD, FACS, 1891–1952 Louis Tompkins Wright, MD, FACS was an American surgeon and civil rights activist. In his position at Harlem Hospital he was the first African-American on the surgical staff of a non-segregated hospital in New York City.

Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845-1926) Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American to study and work as a professionally trained nurse in the United States. In 1879, Mahoney was the first African American to graduate from an American school of nursing.

Patricia Bath Patricia Era Bath was an American ophthalmologist, inventor, humanitarian, and academic. She was the inventor of laser cataract surgery. Her invention was called Lazerphaco Probe.

Myra Adele Logan Logan became the first woman to perform open-heart surgery in 1943. She also developed new antibiotics, worked on breast cancer detection and treatment, and was a part of efforts to refine the X-ray process to see tissue density differences. Somehow, she also found time to become a classically trained pianist.

Dr. William Agustus Hinton The first African-American physician to publish a textbook, “Syphilis and Its Treatment” in 1936. He is known internationally for the development of a flocculation method for the detection of syphilis called the “Hinton Test.” Dr. Hinton is also the first African American to hold a professorship at Harvard University.

At Midtown Medical Center we believe in equality for all Americans. No matter our gender, ethnicity, or religious belief; everyone deserves a chance at the American dream.

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