Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu (1968– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu is a Nigerian-American doctor who is best known for discovering chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the brain injury affecting former National Football League players, among others. Omalu’s discovery and the reaction to it prompted the 2015 film Concussion starringt … Read MoreBennet Ifeakandu Omalu (1968– )

Dorothy Lavinia Brown (1919-2004)

Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown was a medical pioneer, educator, and community leader.  In 1948-1949 Brown became the first African American female appointed to a general surgery residency in the de jure racially segregated South.  In 1956 Brown became the first unmarried woman in Tennessee authorized … Read MoreDorothy Lavinia Brown (1919-2004)

Solomon Carter Fuller (1872-1953)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Solomon Carter Fuller, an early 20th century psychiatrist, researcher, and medical educator, was born on August 11, 1872 in Monrovia, Liberia.  His parents, Solomon C. and Anna Ursilla (James) Fuller, were Americo-Liberians.  Solomon Carter Fuller was the first African American psychiatrist.  … Read MoreSolomon Carter Fuller (1872-1953)

William Warrick Cardozo (1905-1962)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain William Warrick Cardozo, physician and pediatrician, was a pioneer investigator of sickle cell anemia and a leader in medical research of problems affecting people of African descent. Cardozo, born in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 1905, came from a prominent … Read MoreWilliam Warrick Cardozo (1905-1962)

Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson (1864-1901)

Dr. Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson was the first female physician to pass the Alabama state medical examination and was the first woman physician at Tuskegee Institute.  She was the eldest of nine children born to African Methodist Episcopal bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner and Sarah Elizabeth … Read MoreHalle Tanner Dillon Johnson (1864-1901)