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African-American Medical Pioneers

Teacher: David Frost
The source of cells cultured by a physician to create the first known human immortal cell line for medical research. This is now known as the HeLa Cell Line.
The first African-American appointed as Surgeon General of the United States
The first black American to receive a medical degree and also the first black person to own and operate a pharmacy in the U.S.
She is the first African-American woman to receive a patent for a medical purpose. The holder of four patents, she also founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness
Known as the “father of blood banking,” Drew led the first American Red Cross Blood Bank
Best known for her tenure as the 18th U.S. Surgeon General, during which she served as first chair of the National Prevention Council.
Became the first black woman in the United States to receive an MD degree
The first African- American to study and work as a professionally trained nurse in the United States, graduating in 1879.
The first director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 1986
She is widely noted as the first African-American woman in the United States to become a neurosurgeon, which she achieved in 1981