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Death of Frank O. Richards, Sr.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Frank O. Richards, Sr., longtime member of the Surgical Section. Please follow this link (http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/frank-o-richards-md-man-firsts) to read more about his life and career, and the substantial contributions he made to his community.
Remembrances would be appreciated to the Dr. Frank O. Richards Medical Student Scholarship Prize, which provides financial support to African-American medical students at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Checks should be made payable to: Washington University Frank O. Richards Sr. Prize, and sent to Washington University, Attention: Pamela Morris, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., Campus Box 1247, St. Louis, Mo. 63105
2014 NIH/NMA Travel Awards Program
The 2014 NIH/NMA Travel Awards Program provides an opportunity for selected residents and fellows, who are interested in careers in academic medicine, to attend the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly and participate in a special 1.5 day NIH workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine. This year's Convention will be held August 2-6, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Other program benefits include:
- Complimentary conference registration
- Round trip airfare (economy)
- Up to 5 nights of hotel accommodations
- Per diem for ground transportation and meals
- Attendance at a special one and half day NIH Workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine
In order to apply for this opportunity, individuals:
- Must be interested in membership in the National Medical Association
- Must be residents, fellows, post-doctoral scientists, or early stage investigators
- Must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or legal permanent residents
- Must members of nationally underrepresented groups in biomedical or behavioral research science
- Must not have received travel support under this announcement in previous years
The deadline for applications is April 15, 2014. For more information, including how to apply, click here, or contact:
Delia L. Houseal, M.P.H.
Scientific Program Specialist
Office of Minority Health Research Coordination
This program is sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), in conjunction with the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Medical Association (NMA).
John W.V. Cordice, M.D.
Dr. John W.V. Cordice, a New York City surgeon who was part of the medical team that saved Martin Luther King Jr. from a nearly fatal stab wound in 1958, died Sunday at the age of 95.
The death was announced Tuesday by the city agency that oversees Harlem Hospital Center, where Dr. Cordice was formerly an attending surgeon and chief of thoracic surgery.
"He was a brilliant clinical practitioner, a wise and thoughtful teacher, and a man of deep and abiding kindness and quiet modesty," said Alan D. Aviles, president of city Health and Hospitals Corp. "It is entirely consistent with his character that many who knew him may well not have known that he was also a part of history."
Dr. Cordice, a native of Durham., N.C., was off duty when King was taken to the hospital after being stabbed by a mentally disturbed woman as he signed books in Harlem. The blade, a letter opener, was still stuck in the civil rights leader’s chest, millimeters from his aorta, when Dr. Cordice arrived from Brooklyn.
The operation to remove the 7-inch piece of steel was overseen by Dr. Aubre Maynard, the hospital’s chief surgeon, and performed by Dr. Cordice and Dr. Emil Naclerio.
King, then 29 and already a name in national politics, was discharged 14 days later. He was assassinated in 1968.
"I think if we had lost King that day, the whole civil rights era would have been different," Dr. Cordice said in a Harlem Hospital promotional video in 2012.
In his final public speech, King talked about that close brush with mortality, noting the blade’s close proximity to his vital organs.
"If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been around here in 1960, when students all over the South started sitting-in at lunch counters," he said. "If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been around here in 1961, when we decided to take a ride for freedom and ended segregation in interstate travel . . . If I had sneezed I wouldn’t have been here in 1963, when the black people of Birmingham, Ala., aroused the conscience of this nation, and brought into being the Civil Rights Bill. If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have had a chance later that year, in August, to try to tell America about a dream that I had had."
Dr. Cordice earned his medical degree at New York University and practiced medicinein the city for 40 years. He lived in Harlem and then Queens, where he was a surgicalchief at the Queens Hospital Center. Click here for the eulogy.