AFRICAN-AMERICAN PHYSICIAN TRAILBLAZERS Honoring Our Past Dr. Thomas C. Unthank 1866-1932 •1898- Graduated from Howard Medical School •1898- Moved to Kansas City •General Surgery •Politician •1903 Flood – Cared for victims •Co- founded Douglass Hospital •2nd Superintendent of General Hospital No. 2 Dr. J. Edward Perry 1870 – 1962 •Clinical Surgery •1895-Meharry Medical School •Lieutenant U.S. Volunteer Infantry 1898 •1903 – Came to Kansas City •The Perry Sanitarium 1910 •City’s 1st private Negro hospital •Became WheatleyProvident Hospital in 1916 •Autobiography “Forty Cords of Wood” Dr. S. H. Thompson 1870-1950 Clinical Surgery Brother was physician also, Dr. J. R. Thompson Helped discover cures for a plague of spinal meningitis in 1912 and a Spanish influenza epidemic in 1918. Headed organization of Douglass Hospital with attorney, I. F. Bradley, Sr. Dr. William J. Thompkins 1884-1944 General Surgery Howard University Medical School 1905 1st Black Superintendent of General Hospital No. 2 in 1914 1927 appointed assistant of Hygiene & Communicable Diseases for the city Newspaper editor Kansas City American Weekly newspaper 1928-1943 President Midwest President insurance company Life Insurance Company of the National Colored Democratic Association FIRST STAFF OF KANSAS CITY GENERAL HOSPITAL NO. 2 • First row. (I. to r.) Thomas A. Jones, T. C. Chapman, J. Edgar Dibble and Lon Tillman. Second row, I. to r. C. A. Murray Kane, E. J. McCampbell and A. Franklin Radford. INTERNS MAY 1931 • First row, I. to r. Nathaniel Mathagie, Connor, Chandler, H. W. Kennedy, Theodore Borders, Fleming. Second row, I. to r. W. McKinley Thomas, Barnes, Bass, James Riley, Theodore Dulany, James Jefferies. Dr. Lewis Bass Pediatrician Graduate of Sumner High School Active in the community Dr. Wallace Dooley Orthopedics Graduate of Sumner High School Meharry Medical School One of first African-Americans to complete residency in Orthopedic Surgery Taught at Meharry for 27 years Dr. William Dyer 1890’s-1940’s Family Medicine Meharry Medical School Lieutenant in medical corps of U.S. Army 19171919 Santa Fe Railroad Dr. William Blount 1900’s – 1950’s Physician & Surgeon 1932 became 1st African-American state representative from Wyandotte County Dr. William A. Love 1920’s – 1960’s Physician & Pharmacist Original board member of Douglas State Bank 1920’s Dr. A. Porter Davis 1890-1976 Physician & Surgeon Among 1st African-American pilot’s license 1928 Meharry Medical College 1920 Davis Maternity Sanitarium for Unwed Mothers 1st African-American physician appointed assist. Health director in KCK 1926-32 President NMA 1953 Produced & acted in his own movie “The Lure of a Woman” 1921 North America Aviation Inc. in Fairfax Dr. Clyde W. Alexander 1898 OB/GYN Meharry Medical School 1923 Intern at General Hospital No. 2 “Delivered more babies in Wyandotte county than any other physician” Practiced >60 years Dr. Stark Williams Pediatrician Graduated South Carolina State University with triple major Meharry Medical School 13th minority physician in the country to hold board certification Medical Director of Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center Part of many other organizations Samuel U. Rodgers 1917-1999 •OB/Gyn •1949 The Doctors Clinic •1962 Historical Summary of Kansas City General Hospital No. 2 in NMA Journal •1968 Founded Wayne Minor Community Health Center (CHC) •4th CHC in nation •1st CHC in state of Missouri THE DOCTORS CLINIC, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 1969- Model Cities Health Corporation (MCHC) opens. E. Frank Ellis is director. 1980- Community Mental Health Center added 1981- Accredited by (then) Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals 1984 -A HMO established and Swope Parkway Health Foundation established. 1986- Clinic renamed Swope Parkway Health Center. 1998- Merger with Douglas Community Health Center in Kansas City, Kansas 2002- The Northwest Community Health Center opens. Dr. James Johnson OB/GYN Howard University Medical School Internship & Residency at General Hospital No. 2 Board of Directors for National Kidney Foundation 1980 Aircraft Owners Pilot Assoc., Flying Physicians Assoc., Missouri Pilots Assoc., Negro Airmen Assoc., Tuskegee Airmen Inc. CARL M. PETERSON, M.D., (1914-2007) Dr. Peterson was the first black surgeon in Kansas City to be certified in his specialty by the American Board of Surgeons 1955- Became first black on staff of White Kansas City Missouri Hospital (St. Mary’s) 1972- Became first black president of the Jackson County Medical Society. THE KANSAS CITY MEDICAL SOCIETY 1962 1st Row: C. M. Peterson, J. S. Johnson, L M. Tillman, A. J. Randolph, S. J. Williams, John Wells, L. N. Bass, Albert Crocker, C. C. Reynolds. 2nd Row: B. P. McDonald, C. Franklin, A. Renaud, L. Haugh, G. Clark, A. Brady, C. W. Alexander, L. Holbert, Wm. Bryan, J. Ramos, S. U. Rodgers. 3rd Row: J. White, L. W. Turner, Philip Smith, E. F. Ellis, H. Jones, Geo. Taft, A. P. Talliferro, H. Williams, C. Gilmore, Thomas Clark, Leslie Becker.