Melnick opens exhibit celebrating African American surgeons

Freedmens Hospital at Howard University, 1903.

Freedmens Hospital at Howard University, 1903.

“Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons,” a banner exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, is on display in the atrium of Cushwa Hall at Youngstown State University through Oct. 10.

The exhibit, sponsored by the YSU Melnick Museum, celebrates the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education.

Through contemporary and historical images, the exhibit tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring younger physicians and surgeons.

The four individuals 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.

The exhibit was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.