History January 23, 2018 at 01:07 pm

5 African American pioneers in science and medicine you should know

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

Farida Dawkins January 23, 2018 at 01:07 pm

January 23, 2018 at 01:07 pm | History

Image of Clarence Sumner Greene, Sr…photo credit: Idealistic Ambition

Clarence Sumner Greene, Sr. – The first Black neurosurgeon

Dr Greene was born in Washington, D.C. on December 26, 1901.  In 1936, Greene graduated with distinction from the Howard University College of Medicine. He spent seven years as a general surgery resident and taught for four years at Howard University as the Professor of Surgery.

From 1947 to 1949, Greene was granted the opportunity to train at the prominent Montreal Neurological Institute. On October 22, 1953, Greene was the first African-American certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.  Consequently, he became the chair of neurosurgery at Howard University. He died tragically in 1957.

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