Topic | General Surgery

General Surgery

06/03/1904 to 04/06/1950


Charles Drew was born on June 3, 1904 in Washington D.C. It was during his childhood that he demonstrated excellence in organization to perform a job well done. He attended Dunbar high school and graduated in 1922 with 4 letters in sports and captain of Company E in the third regiment of the high schools segregated Cadet Corps. He received partial athletic scholarship to Amherst College, but it was there where his first indication of academic superiority occurred after getting a 100 on his chemistry final. It wasn’t until he became infected with staphylococcus due to an athletic injury that he was drawn to observe health benefits of physicians. Until 1928 Drew served as a coach but was then offered a positon at Howard University as a member of the athletic faculty. He later attended Columbia in 1940 where he wrote his dissertation for the medical doctorate of science was entitled “Blanked Blood.” Later in 1941 he received his certification by the American Board of Surgery and recognized by peers as the foremost researches in the are of the use of blood and blood plasma in the treatment of surgical disease and injury. In 1944 Drew won the award of the national association for the advancement of colored people in recognition of his excellent research work and the education of black medical students. It wasn’t until 1950 when his time on earth came to end by a tragic car accident in which he bled to death.