Each year, the Louisiana Department of Health uses Black History Month as a time to look back and reflect on the contributions of black pioneers in medicine and the impact they've left on the industry and the country as a whole.
This year, the Department is focusing on pioneers born in or who have spent the majority of their lives and careers in Louisiana.
The life of Vivien Thomas is an inspiring story of an African-American pioneer who overcame the barriers imposed by a segregated society. With no formal medical training, he developed techniques and tools that would lead to today's modern heart surgery. In operating rooms all over the world, great surgeons who received their training from Vivien Thomas are performing life-saving surgical procedures.
Read more here (Source: Morehouse School of Medicine).
Dr. Sandra L. Robinson
Dr. Sandra L. Robinson served as the secretary and state public health officer of the Louisiana Department of Health, then known as the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Resources, from 1984 to 1988. Appointed by Governor Edwin W. Edwards, she was one of the first two black women to serve as a cabinet secretary in Louisiana.