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Black American Pioneers in Medicine

Updated: Jul 20, 2022


The Black contribution to the many facets that make up our nation have been invaluable, but largely overlooked, forgotten, or simply diminished. For #BlackHistoryMonth, we want to highlight some of the Black Americans who paved the way for medical developments that made modern medicine what it is today.


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Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler: The first Black American female physician in the United States

Dr. Charles Richard Drew: The "Father of Blood Banking"

Mary Mahoney, RN: The first Black American licensed nurse in the United States

Dr. Alexa Canady: The first Black American female neurosurgeon in the United States.

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