Famous Black Physicians

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Vivien Thomas
(Surgeon)
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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)
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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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Frantz Fanon
(Psychiatrist)
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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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Denis Mukwege
(Gynecologist)
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Birthdate: March 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Joycelyn Elders
(15th Surgeon General of the United States (1993 -1994))
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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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Stella Immanuel
(Physician, writer)
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Cameroon
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Ron Dellums
(Politician)
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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)
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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.

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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)
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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
(Medical technician)
Hamilton Naki
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Birthdate: June 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ngcangane, 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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Samkon Gado
(Football player)
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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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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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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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Hussein Mwinyi
(Politician, Physician)
Hussein Mwinyi
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Birthdate: December 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tanzania
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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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Cecile Kyenge
(Politician)
Cecile Kyenge
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Birthdate: August 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kambove, DR Congo
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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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Leyla Hussein
(Psychotherapist)
Leyla Hussein
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Birthdate: 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Somalia
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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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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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John Randle
(West African doctor who was active in politics in Lagos)
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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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Christine Kaseba
(Physician)
Christine Kaseba
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Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Zambia
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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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Monica Musenero
(Ugandan women scientist)
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Patete, Butebo District, Uganda
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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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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
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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)
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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)
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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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Awa Marie Coll-Seck
(Politician, Researcher)
Awa Marie Coll-Seck
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Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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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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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
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Pié Masumbuko
(Politician, Physician)
Pié Masumbuko
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Birthdate: September 29, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Muramvya, Burundi
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Guadalupe de Ceita
(Writer, doctor who was one of co-founders and ideologist of the Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe (MLSTP))
Guadalupe de Ceita
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Birthdate: February 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe