Black History Month: African-American Health Pioneers

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  • Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown (1919–2004)
  • President Barack Obama (1961-present)
  • Ben Carson (1951-present)
  • Jocelyn Elders (1933-present)
  • Otis Boykin (1920-1982)
  • Charles Drew (1904-1950)
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845-1926)
  • William Augustus Hinton (1883-1959)
  • Mamie Phipps Clark (1917-1983)
  • Daniel Hale Williams (1858-1931)
  • Paying Homage
  • Michelle Obama (1964-present)
  • Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895)
  • Phill Wilson (1956-present)
  • Dr. Regina Benjamin (1956-present)
  • Dr. Lonnie Robert Bristow (1930-present)

Ben Carson (1951-present)

Ben Carson, graduate of University of Michigan Medical School, made history when he became the first surgeon to successfully separate Siamese twins who were connected from the back of the head. In 2008, this pediatric neurosurgeon was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest honor for civilians.


(Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Jackie Robinson Foundation)

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