History of Black Physicians in Indianapolis and the U.S.

On March 23, Dr. George H. Rawls, Emeritus Clinical Professor of Surgery at Indiana University, will speak to the Senior Academy on the history of black physicians in the United States using Indianapolis as an example. This history will reveal the inability of black physicians to obtain hospital privileges to care for their patients and their efforts to overcome this discrimination by building hospitals of their own The enactment of Medicare and Medicaid,with their nondiscrimination provisions required hospitals to admit minority patients, although some institutions in Indianapolis began to do so earlier.

Dr. Rawls is noted for his efforts to help both medical school students and the community at large. Scholarships in his name have been established at both Indiana University and at his alma mater, Florida A&M.

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