May 30, 2012
VCOM Library hosts NLM Traveling Exhibit
This exhibition celebrates the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education. It tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators. It was created by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore. It is currently on display outside the VCOM Library on the 2nd Floor and will be at the college through June 10th.
The four pioneers are Alexa I. Canady, the first African American woman pediatric neurosurgeon; LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., cancer surgeon, and the first African American 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.
An online web version of the exhibition is also available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/aframsurgeons.