February 2017 is African American Month and we would like to give credit and recognition for all of the well-known, and little known doctors of African American decent. Some of these people are in medicine or in the medical field. There are some names you may even be familiar with as we begin to share each of them with you:
Dr. Clinton Canady, Jr. Originally from Detroit, in Michigan affectionately known as “Doc” began his distinguished career with a Doctorate of Dental Science from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, and he was the second Black dentist in Lansing and practiced for over 50 years. Among his many accomplishments and achievements, Doc Canady served as: President of the Lansing Branch NAACP, the first Black member of the City of the Lansing Fire Board, the first Black member of the State of Michigan Dental Board, a National Dental Examiner, member of both the Michigan and National Dental Associations, the first Black member of the Country Club of Lansing, a founding member of Alpha Chi Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and a member of the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Guardsmen. He worked tirelessly to provide employment opportunities for other members of the Black community in Lansing, Michigan.
Dr. Alexa Canady-Davis became the first African-American female Neurosurgeon and one of 10 first female neurosurgeons. She was Chief of Neurosurgery and Professor of Neurosurgery at the children’s hospital of Michigan for many years. Her specialty was Pediatric neurosurgery. Originally from Lansing, she and her mother are both in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. They are the only mother-daught