Black History Month: African-American Health Pioneers

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  • Phill Wilson (1956-present)
  • Dr. Regina Benjamin (1956-present)
  • Dr. Lonnie Robert Bristow (1930-present)
  • 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)

Dr. Lonnie Robert Bristow (1930-present)

This Harlem native is mostly known for being the first African-American president of the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1995 and was also the first African-American president of the American Society of Internal Medicine too. During his career he focused on the need for diversity among hospital staffs, affordable health care for all and treating patients with dignity and respect. 

(Photo: Courtesy of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, Inc.)

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