VTCSOM celebrates Black History Month by highlighting Black physicians who have helped to advance medical education and patient care.

Dr. Alicia Monroe
Image source: Baylor College of Medicine

Alicia Monroe, MD

Dr. Monroe is the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Faculty Affairs at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Monroe is an academic leader, educator, and physician, and has served as provost and senior vice president for academic and faculty affairs and professor of family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine since 2014. She has pioneered  innovative methods for advancing medical education at undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Dr. Walker Harris
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Vanessa Walker Harris, MD

Dr. Walker Harris is the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Governor Ralph Northam. Dr. Walker Harris is a public health advocate and has served as director of the Office of Family Health Services at the Virginia Department of Health, director of the Division of Prevention and Health Promotion within the Office of Family Health Services, and as medical director of the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

Dr. Isaac Burrell
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Isaac D. Burrell, MD

Dr. Burrell was a leading physician in Roanoke and owned the only pharmacy that served the local Black community. He helped start work on establishing a hospital that would cater to all the health issues of the Black community.  The Burrell Memorial Hospital was established following his death in 1914 and provided the much-needed care for the Black community that he himself would have benefitted from. 

Dr. Charles Drew
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Charles R. Drew, MD

Dr. Drew was a pioneering surgeon and expert in blood banking. His work was fundamental in the understanding of blood preservation. He was the director of the first American Red Cross Blood Bank. He was the recipient of numerous awards including AOA Scholar and the NAACP Spingarn Medal.