Robinson Memorial Hospital is hosting a traveling exhibition titled Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons that highlights the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education and tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields.
The surgeons featured 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.
The exhibition also features other academic surgeons from around the country including Levi Watkins, Jr. of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who performed the first implantation of an automatic defibrillator in a human in 1980 and Carla M. Pugh of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine who holds a patent for a method of simulation used to design the pelvic exam simulator, a teaching tool for medical students.
The exhibition is a collaborative effort between the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore. The National Library of Medicine is the largest medical library in the world and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum is the largest African American museum on the east coast.
The hospital is hosting the exhibition through the support of the Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation and the hospital’s Medical Library. The exhibit banners are on display through January 27, 2012 in the atrium next to the Radiology Department, across from the Surgery Waiting area.