Black History Culture : Dr. Claude Brunson

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    Brunson first African American to lead state medical group

    President-elect doctor at UMC


    Aug. 19, 2013 ​
    Written by



    Jerry Mitchell



    For the first time in its 157-year history, the Mississippi State Medical Association has selected an African-American physician to lead its organization.

    The association, with nearly 5,000 members, elected Dr. Claude Brunson, senior adviser to the vice chancellor for external affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and professor of anesthesiology, to serve as its president-elect.

    That means Brunson will become president the same year the nation recognizes the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. In 1964, the physician in the position Brunson will assume opposed hospital admitting privileges for black physicians....

    ....After the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers in Jackson, a group of physicians and others asked the American Medical Association to oppose discrimination against both African-American patients and physicians.



    Freedom Summer followed the next summer, as 1,000 volunteers, mostly students, spread across the state, registering voters, starting “freedom schools” and taking part in protests, including pickets outside hospitals that refused to admit African-American patients and physicians.

    In support of Freedom Summer, more than a 100 doctors, nurses, dentists, psychologists and social workers volunteered their services.

    They assumed they would be given hospital privileges in Mississippi, said John Dittmer, author of “The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care.”

    But that didn’t happen, he said. “The head of the Mississippi State Medical Association said absolutely not.”

    Out of that work arose the community health center movement, Dittmer said. “Today 22 million Americans — and more than 325,000 Mississippians — get their health from community health centers.”

    In terms of directly helping people, he said, “that was the most important thing to come out of Freedom Summer.”

    He called the election of Brunson to head the state medical association “enormously significant. It was one of the most conservative organizations in the state. It’s good to see they’re coming around.”

    Dr. Robert Smith, one of the first three African-American physicians given full privileges at Jackson hospitals in 1965, said he was “very delighted and happy” to see Brunson rise to the top spot, praising him as a “physician, educator, scientist and administrator. His election shows we’re closer to guaranteeing the rights of all Americans to get health care.”







     
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    Originally published August 23, 2013
    Mississippi State Medical Association Elects First African-American President


    by Blair Adams

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    The Mississippi State Medical Association's First African-American President, Dr. Claude Brunson. (Courtesy Photo)


    (Updated 8/23/2013)
    After a century of trying to eliminate the differences in health care for Mississippians based on race, income or social status, the Mississippi State Medical Association has named the first African American head physician in its history.

    During an Aug. 17 meeting, the association elected Dr. Claude Brunson as president-elect. Brunson will officially take over the 5,000-member organization in 2014, 50 years after a time when the association was opposed to admitting privileges for Black physicians.

    Brunson called the election by his colleagues a “distinct honor.”

    “My assent to the presidency was no more eventful than the presidents who have preceded me certainly in the past several years,” Brunson told the AFRO in an e-mail.
    “It is a multi year process but I did not experience any more barriers than my majority colleagues. That is the refreshing part of this story and actually what makes it a story. This has happened in Mississippi while it still has not happened in most states.”
    cont... http://www.afro.com/sections/news/Health/story.htm?storyID=79521
     
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