Healthcare Disparities

Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell

Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, College of Medicine, Class of 1976 We are extremely proud to be able to feature our own CCMS member and chair of the Health Disparities Committee ~ Dr. Thaddeus Bell! We are also committed to be part of Closing The Gap In Healthcare's mission and vision. Below are just a few of the latest awards and accolades. Former MUSC diversity director honored Health center in Summerville named for Dr. Thaddeus Bell. Photo provided Thaddeus Bell was working at the VA hospital in 1980 when family grocery store owner Elijah Wright came to him and [...]

Dr. Deborah Deas

Feature Photograph courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SC Deborah Deas, MD, MPH, MUSC College of Medicine Class of 1989 Deborah Deas, MD, MPH is the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the School of Medicine, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Under her leadership, the UC Riverside School of Medicine has seen tremendous growth in its medical education, biomedical sciences, and clinical enterprise programs.  Dr. Deas would be the first to tell you that these achievements, and more, are a result of a [...]

Dr. Bernard Deas Jr.

Feature Photograph circa 1967-1971 courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SCObituary photographs were provided by Dr. Deas' family courtesy of Dignity Memorial First African American man graduate, College of Medicine 1971.Bernard Winford Deas, Jr., M.D., fondly known as Bernie, was born July 12, 1944, to the late Bernard Winford Deas, Sr., and Ethel Fludd Deas. He departed this life on June 29, 2012. He was educated in the public schools of Charleston, SC where he graduated valedictorian of the Burke High School Class of 1961. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he was named [...]

National Women Physicians Day – February 3, 2023

Every year, National Women Physicians Day is celebrated to honor the achievements of women in the medical profession. This day is an opportunity to recognize and thank all the female doctors who have dedicated their lives to providing care and support for patients. This year, we take special notice of African-American women physicians who have broken barriers in medicine and made a difference in countless lives. We celebrate their courage, tenacity, and commitment to excellence that has made them role models for many generations of aspiring physicians. At CCMS, we are deeply grateful for all the women physicians who [...]

Dr. Rose Delores Gibbs

The photographs from 1971 and circa 2010-2015 are courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SC First African American woman graduate, College of Medicine 1973 Dr. Delores Gibbs was born in Moncks Corner, SC in 1946. After graduating in 1969 from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Gibbs applied and was accepted into the College of Medicine. She was among the first African American women accepted into the College of Medicine and was the first to obtain a degree in 1973. From 1972 to 1977, Gibbs served a residency in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital and went on [...]

February 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Healthcare Disparities|

Revisiting Harriet Tubman as Both a Healer & Intellectual

Join the Waring Historical Library for the 2023 Black History Month Lecture featuring Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owen’s presentation on the Harriet Tubman community work through entrepreneurship, abolitionism, herbalism, and institution building. As a historian of medicine, Cooper Owens has documented the importance of Black women's healing practices to the development of American medicine. Herbalism is one of the foundations of their healing arts (and Harriet Tubman was skilled in this artform). In her presentation, Dr. Cooper Owens hopes to reveal Tubman as more than a courageous freedom fighter; but also, as a fierce intellectual figure. Join us to gain a new [...]

January 10, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Healthcare Disparities, Public Health|Tags: |

Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell Receives The Order of the Palmetto Award

The Lowcountry Jazz Festival and the Charleston Gaillard Center on Wednesday announced that festival founder Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell will receive The Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of South Carolina. “Dr. Bell’s lifetime of service to his neighbors and fellow South Carolinians is something we can all celebrate, and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to recognize him with the state’s highest civilian honor,” said Governor Henry McMaster. The Order of the Palmetto recognizes lifetime achievement and service by South Carolina residents and those born in the state. A prominent physician [...]

Dr. Thaddeus Bell-Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Vision Award

Read the Article Founder of Closing the Gap in Healthcare, fellow physician, CCMS Board member, and CCMS Healthcare Disparities Committee Chair, received the Joseph P. Riley Vision Award at the YWCA Greater Charleston’s 50th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Recognizing model corporate citizenship, the annual award is named for Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., who served as mayor of the City of Charleston from 1975 to 2016. It recognizes an individual, corporation, or institution who achieves outstanding and favorable recognition in their field or industry; promotes diversity and equal opportunity through [...]

Black History Month Lecture Featuring Dr. Rana Hogarth

REGISTER HERE “Professional Pursuits and the Making of Race: Medicalizing Blackness in the American Atlantic.” Dr. Rana Hogarth focuses on the medical and scientific constructions of race during the era of slavery and beyond. She is the author of Medicalizing Blackness: Making Racial Difference in the Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). She received her PhD from Yale University and currently is an associate professor at the University of Illinois in the Department of History.

January 25, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Healthcare Disparities|Tags: |

PRESS RELEASE Black and Hispanic/Latino faculty urge communities of color to take the COVID-19 vaccine


January 14, 2021|Categories: 2021, Covid-19, General, Healthcare Disparities, Public Health|Tags: |

ANNOUNCEMENT: Waring Library Society Spring 2021 Events!

WLS 2021 SPRING EVENTS James H. Tolley, MD, MAT President, Waring Library Society Board

January 7, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Healthcare Disparities, Public Health|Tags: |

Healthlinks May/June 2020

Check us out in the May/June 2020 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles.

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Gross

We would like to recognize Dr. Richard Gross for his recent receipt of the Humanitarian Award from the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America.  This is a terrific and well-deserved honor for Dr. Gross.  Congratulations! Interesting Info about Dr. Gross: The son of a theologian/minister and schoolteacher, Richard Gross grew up in western New York and Pennsylvania. In 1961, he graduated from Alfred University, where he was a forgettable Division III athlete(football, wrestling), but compensated for that with an undistinguished academic record. He then went south to Duke for his MD degree, exposing him to the sun, if you can’t get [...]

CCMS Members Volunteer at Free Skin Cancer Screen

Drs. Hampton, Pearon Lang, Fiona Rahbar, CCMS members volunteered at free skin cancer screening organized by Dr. Todd Schlesinger - May 2019

May 28, 2019|Categories: 2019, General, Healthcare Disparities, Indigent Care|Tags: , |
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