Topic | Dr. Charles Drew

Dr. Charles Drew


Charles R. Drew, M.D., was a leading surgeon, educator, and pioneer in the preservation of blood. He was a professor of surgery and chair of the department of surgery at Howard University College of Medicine from 1941-1950. Under his leadership and broad vision, the department of surgery experienced enormous growth. He was a stimulating, dynamic, and inspirational teacher who’s far reaching influence can still be felt today.

From Pioneers and Academic Surgery, U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Notable Facts

  • Received patent for a method of preserving human blood (1942)
  • First black surgeon selected to serve as an examiner on the American Board of Surgery (1943)


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