Famous Black Physicians

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Vivien Thomas
(Surgeon)
Vivien Thomas
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Birthdate: August 29, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Iberia, Louisiana, United States
Died: November 26, 1985

Vivien Theodore Thomas was laboratory supervisor who never went to college; yet he rose above poverty and racism to develop a procedure for treating cyanotic heart disease. Initially billed as janitor, he began his career as assistant to surgeon Alfred Blalock first at Nashville University and later at Johns Hopkins, and in time discovered the life-saving technique, eventually becoming a teacher of operative techniques.

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Ben Carson
(U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development (2017 – 2021))
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Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is credited with many pioneering neurosurgical procedures. He became a Library of Congress “Living Legend” and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He later contested in the 2016 presidential primaries, has authored numerous books, was a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and earned 60 honorary doctorates.

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Bennet Omalu
(Forensic Pathologist Known for His Research in ‘Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy’ in American Football Players)
Bennet Omalu
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Birthdate: September 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Idemili South, Nigeria

Nigerian-American physician, forensic-pathologist and neuropathologist Bennet Omalu is most-noted for discovering chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players. He was serving at Allegheny County coroner's office in Pittsburgh at that time. He presently serves as President and Medical Director of Bennet Omalu Pathology, chief medical examiner for San Joaquin County, and as professor at the University of California, Davis.

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Mae Jemison
(First African American Woman To Travel To Space)
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Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States

Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to fly into space, as a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. A qualified physician, she has served as a Peace Corps doctor, too. She has written several books and established a non-profit and a tech research organization.

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Stella Immanuel
(Cameroonian-American Pastor and Physician Who Achieved Notoriety for Her Fringe Claims About Medical Conditions)
Stella Immanuel
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Cameroon

Stella Immanuel is a Cameroonian-American pastor and physician. She is best known for her fringe claims about medical conditions. She achieved notoriety in 2020, when she claimed that hydroxychloroquine can cure COVID-19. Stella Immanuel has also endorsed numerous conspiracy theories concerning the Illuminati and aliens. She is also credited with founding a religious organization named Fire Power Ministries.

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Frantz Fanon
(French Psychiatrist and Philosopher Best Known for the Classic Analysis of Colonialism and Decolonization)
Frantz Fanon
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Birthdate: July 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort-de-France, Martinique, France
Died: December 6, 1961

Frantz Fanon was a French-West Indian born in Martinique, a former French colony. A skilled psychiatrist and physician, he realized the impact of colonialism on the human mind while treating French soldiers and Algerians. The author of books such as The Wretched of the Earth, Fanon supported the Algerian independence movement.

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Joycelyn Elders
(15th Surgeon General of the United States (1993 -1994))
Joycelyn Elders
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Birthdate: August 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schaal, Arkansas, United States

The second female U.S. surgeon general, Joycelyn Elders is a renowned pediatrician and one of the first Black women to reach the pinnacle of the medical field in the U.S. She has been dragged into multiple controversies, one of them being a result of her support for sex education and masturbation.

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Conrad Murray
(Grenadian Cardiologist Who Was the Personal Physician of Michael Jackson at the Time of His Death)
Conrad Murray
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Birthdate: February 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Andrew, Grenada
Grenadian former cardiologist Conrad Murray worked as the personal physician of popstar Michael Jackson at the time of Jackson’s death in 2009. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the anesthetic drug that caused Jackson's death. Murray served 2 of the 4 years of his initial prison sentence.
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Denis Mukwege
(Gynecologist)
Denis Mukwege
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Birthdate: March 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Ron Dellums
(Politician)
Ron Dellums
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Birthdate: November 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, U.S.
Died: July 30, 2018
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Patricia Bath
(Former Inventor known for Invention of Laserphaco Probe)
Patricia Bath
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Birthdate: November 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 30, 2019

Ophthalmologist Patricia Bath is remembered for her pathbreaking invention of the Laserphaco Probe, which made laser cataract surgery possible. The first Black female surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center and the first female faculty staff of the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, she dedicated her life to curing blindness.

 12 
Martin Delany
(Journalist)
Martin Delany
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Birthdate: May 6, 1812
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charles Town, Virginia, United States
Died: January 24, 1885
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Regina Benjamin
(Surgeon General of the United States)
Regina Benjamin
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Birthdate: October 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

Famed for her dedicated service to underserved community in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, American physician Regina Mercia Benjamin held several important positions including that of the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. Throughout her career, she worked for the disadvantaged people, focusing on preventive health measures, mortgaging her home to rebuild Bayou La Batre Health Clinic after Hurricane Katrina.

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Hamilton Naki
(South African Surgeon and Laboratory Assistant to Cardiac Surgeon Christiaan Barnard)
Hamilton Naki
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Birthdate: June 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Idutywa, South Africa
Died: May 29, 2005

Hamilton Naki was a laboratory assistant who worked alongside cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard in South Africa.  Despite not having a formal medical education, he was known for his dexterity with surgical equipment and his ability to teach medical students. Some sources claim he participated in the world's first human-to-human heart transplantation in 1967. 

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Kizza Besigye
(President of the Forum for Democratic Change)
Kizza Besigye
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Birthdate: April 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rukungiri, Uganda
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Paschal Beverly Randolph
(Physician, Occultist)
Paschal Beverly Randolph
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Birthdate: October 8, 1825
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: July 29, 1875
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Samkon Gado
(Football player)
Samkon Gado
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Birthdate: November 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taraba, Nigeria

Apart from being a qualified otolaryngologist, Samkon Gado is also a former NFL running back and has played for reputed teams such as the Green Bay Packers. The Nigerian-American sportsperson and surgeon once revealed he had used football in his college days to fund his medical studies.

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Ruhakana Rugunda
(Prime Minister of Uganda)
Ruhakana Rugunda
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Birthdate: November 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kabale, Uganda
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Alexa Canady
(neurosurgeon, physician)
Alexa Canady
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Birthdate: November 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lansing
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Senait Fisseha
(Endocrinologist)
Senait Fisseha
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Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Margaret Ogola
(Novelist)
Margaret Ogola
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Birthdate: June 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asembo, Kenya
Died: September 21, 2011
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Beko Ransome-Kuti
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Birthdate: August 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: February 10, 2006
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Edith Lucie Bongo
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Birthdate: March 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Died: March 14, 2009
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Hussein Mwinyi
(Politician, Physician)
Hussein Mwinyi
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Birthdate: December 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tanzania
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Leyla Hussein
(Psychotherapist)
Leyla Hussein
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Birthdate: 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Somalia
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Cecile Kyenge
(Politician)
Cecile Kyenge
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Birthdate: August 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kambove, DR Congo
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Rudolph Fisher
(Physician)
Rudolph Fisher
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Birthdate: May 9, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: December 26, 1934
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Hawa Abdi
(Human rights activist)
Hawa Abdi
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Birthdate: May 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
Died: August 5, 2020
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John Randle
(West African doctor who was active in politics in Lagos)
John Randle
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Birthdate: February 1, 1855
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Regent, Sierra Leone
Died: February 27, 1928
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Jane Aceng
(Politician)
Jane Aceng
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Birthdate: May 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uganda
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Specioza Kazibwe
(6th Vice President of Uganda)
Specioza Kazibwe
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Birthdate: July 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Iganga, Uganda
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Frederick Ballantyne
(Governor-General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
Frederick Ballantyne
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Birthdate: July 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Layou, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Died: January 23, 2020
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Christine Kaseba
(Former First Lady of Zambia)
Christine Kaseba
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Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Zambia

Christine Kaseba is a Zambian surgeon, physician, and politician. She is perhaps best known for her service as the First Lady of Zambia from 23 September 2011 until her husband President Michael Sata's demise on October 28, 2014. Christine Kaseba is currently serving as Zambian Ambassador to France. As a physician, she specializes in gynecology and obstetrics.

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Yvonne Thornton
(Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Musician & Author, Best   Known for Her Memoir, 'The Ditchdigger’s Daughters')
Yvonne Thornton
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Birthdate: November 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Jean Price-Mars
(Haitian Physician and Ethnographer Who Had Been Haiti's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Education)
Jean Price-Mars
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Birthdate: October 15, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grande Rivière du Nord, Haiti
Died: March 1, 1969

Haitian physician and ethnologist Jean Price-Mars was also a leading politician and diplomat who led Haiti as its minister of foreign affairs, worship, and education. He had also been the Haitian ambassador to France and to the UN. Known for his ethnological writings, he coined the term collective bovarysme.

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Lott Cary
(Pastor)
Lott Cary
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Birthdate: 1780 AD
Birthplace: Charles City County, Virginia, United States
Died: November 10, 1828
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Jona Senilagakali
(Prime Minister of Fiji)
Jona Senilagakali
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Birthdate: November 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lakeba, Fiji
Died: October 26, 2011
 38 
Monica Musenero
(Ugandan women scientist)
Monica Musenero
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Patete, Butebo District, Uganda
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Émile Derlin Zinsou
(Politician and Physician)
Émile Derlin Zinsou
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Birthdate: March 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ouidah, Benin Dahomey
Died: July 28, 2016
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Davidson Nicol
(Diplomat)
Davidson Nicol
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Birthdate: September 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Died: September 20, 1994
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Cuthbert Sebastian
(2nd Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis 1996 - 2013)
Cuthbert Sebastian
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Birthdate: October 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Basseterre, British Leeward Islands
Died: March 25, 2017
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Diana Atwine
(Physician, Scientist)
Diana Atwine
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Galiraya, Uganda
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Sia Koroma
(Biochemist)
Sia Koroma
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Birthdate: March 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kono District British Sierra Leone
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Haile Debas
(Physician and academic administrator at the University of California, San Francisco)
Haile Debas
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Birthdate: 1937 AD
Birthplace: Asmara, Eritrea
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Agnes Yewande Savage
(Nigerian doctor and the first West African woman to train and qualify in orthodox medicine)
Agnes Yewande Savage
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Birthdate: February 21, 1906
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 1964 AD
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Awa Marie Coll-Seck
(Senegalese Politician and Infectious Diseases Specialist)
Awa Marie Coll-Seck
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Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Awa Marie Coll-Seck is a Senegalese politician and infectious diseases specialist. She is best known for her service as the Minister of Health of Senegal on two occasions between 2001 and 2017. Awa Marie Coll-Seck has also authored more than 150 scientific publications on various diseases, such as malaria, measles, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, meningitis, and cardiovascular diseases.

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Pascoal Mocumbi
(Politician, Physician)
Pascoal Mocumbi
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Birthdate: April 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mozambique
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Khalida Zahir
(Physician, Women's rights activist)
Khalida Zahir
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Birthdate: 1927 AD
Birthplace: Omdurman, Sudan
Died: 2015 AD
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Marie-Therese Abena Ondoa
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Birthdate: August 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Douala (Cameroon)
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Asma El Dareer
(Physician, Activist)
Asma El Dareer
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Birthdate: 1949 AD
Birthplace: Sudan