Meta L. Christy, DO, was the world’s first African-American osteopathic physician. She graduated from what is now the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1921. But that was just the beginning. Black DOs have continued to push medicine forward and improve patient care.
In February, we celebrate Black History Month and the accomplishments of black physicians. Below, read about 10 black physicians and their contributions to osteopathic medicine, their patients and the overall health care system.
As an influential civil rights activist, Dr. Anderson, an osteopathic surgeon, worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy to fight segregation and discrimination during the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Anderson was also the first black president of the AOA (1994-1995).
Dedicated to service, Dr. Cannon is the president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She also devotes time to educating pre-med students about osteopathic medicine.
Dr. Denmark recently published a children’s book about life as a physician to expose minority and underserved youth to careers in medicine. She aims to normalize different paths to becoming a physician.
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Dr. Sealey helped create residency programs specific to the needs of his community at Authority Health, a teaching health center in Detroit. He now serves as a consultant for graduate medical education advocacy.
Dr. Laurent is a fierce advocate for the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and the vice chair of clinical specialties at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.
Dr. Ward served as national president of the Student National Medical Association in 2017 and 2018. She was the first osteopathic medical student in the position. She writes about her medical journey on her blog.
Dr. Caudle regularly lends her medical expertise to various media outlets such as CNN and Fox News. She is a family medicine physician and an associate professor in the department of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
During her long career, Dr. Ross-Lee repeatedly broke barriers and helped pave pathways for women and minorities in the osteopathic medical profession. She was the first African-American woman to be named dean of a U.S. medical school and the first osteopathic physician to become a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow.
Dr. Winters uses hip-hop dance classes to encourage his pediatric patients to stay active and fight obesity. As an associate program director of the pediatric residency program at Goryeb Children’s Hosptial in Morristown, New Jersey, Dr. Winters has passed on his innovative approach to patient care to his residents.
As an emergency medicine locum tenens, Dr. Carter has traveled to Uganda, Haiti, Ghana and India to provide care to thousands of patients in medically underserved areas.