Magazine article USA TODAY

Opening Doors for African-American Surgeons

Magazine article USA TODAY

Opening Doors for African-American Surgeons

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"Opening Doors: Contemporary African-American Academic Surgeons" celebrates blacks' countributions to medicine and medical education. It tells the stories of four pioneers who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing that journey through the education and mentoring of younger physicians. Employing contemporary and historical images, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the lives and achievements of these doctors while providing a glimpse into the stories of those who came before them and those who continue the tradition today.

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The four pioneers are Alexa I. Canady, the first African-American woman pediatric neurosurgeon; LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., cancer surgeon, and the first black president of the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society; Claude H. Organ, Jr., general surgeon, and the first African-American to chair a department of surgery at a predominantly white medical school; and Rosalyn P. Scott, the first African-American woman cardiothoracic surgeon.

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The exhibition also features other surgeons from around the country who follow in the tradition of sharing their knowledge and passing the torch to younger physicians. …

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