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Legacy of Memphis' First Black Surgeon Lives

Donor Reed

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare donated $250,000 to the Reed Scholarship Fund, and will continue to fund the scholarship for the next five years with an annual gift of $50,000, in special memory of Dr. Ed Reed.

Tinkering with cars in a high school auto mechanics class is how the late Edward W. Reed became interested in the workings of the human body.

As the first black surgeon to establish practice in Memphis, Ed, who died last year at age 92, dedicated more than 50 years to medicine and blazed a trail for the integration of surgical staffs of Memphis hospitals in the 1960s.

His legacy continues with the Dr. Ed Reed Scholarship Fund at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center's College of Medicine.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare donated $250,000 in special memory of the former UT Health Science Center faculty member, who was the first black president of the Memphis chapter of the American Cancer Society. He also once served as chairman of the board of the MED (Regional Medical Center at Memphis).

Methodist will donate $50,000 per year for the next five years. The scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled at or admitted to the medical college. Students must exhibit exceptional academic performance. Financial need is also a critical consideration.


Donor Reed

The inaugural UT Health Science Center College of Medicine Dr. Ed Reed Scholarship Fund recipients include (front row, second from left): Fourth-year medical students Megan Ward and Bryauna Lewis and third-year medical students Keadrea Wilson and Petrina Craine (fourth-year medical student Andrew Poole is not pictured). Also pictured are Professors Dr. Patricia Matthews-Juarez and Dr. Paul Juarez of Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity and the Exposome; President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Gary Shorb; UTHSC College of Medicine Associate Dean Dr. Owen Phillips; and UTHSC College of Medicine Executive Dean Dr. David Stern.

"We are delighted that Methodist will support a medical student scholarship," says Dr. David Stern, executive dean for the UTHSC College of Medicine. "This gift will help us recruit a meritorious and diverse student body that can best serve the needs of the citizens of Tennessee."

This fall, the first five Dr. Ed Reed Scholarship Fund recipients at the UTHSC College of Medicine each received $10,000 awards. The recipients were: Megan Ward, Andrew Poole and Bryauna Lewis— all fourth-year medical students; and Keadrea Wilson and Petrina Craine, both third-year medical students.

"We are proud to honor the great clinical and teaching legacy of Dr. Ed Reed," notes Gary Shorb, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. "We hope that these scholarships will encourage and allow deserving students to pursue a medical career and follow in Dr. Reed's footsteps and provide outstanding health care for all citizens."

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