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Henry Gamble
Born to slave parents in Virginia
President of the National Medical Association
Graduated from Lincoln University

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Henry Floyd Gamble, M.D.

Henry Floyd Gamble, M.D.
[b.1862 - d.1932]

Henry Gamble was born of slave parents in Virginia in 1862. As a youth, he was employed as a houseboy by a professor of medicine at the University of Virginia during which time he began educating himself. In the fall of 1882, he entered Lincoln University and graduated with honors. He was the fourth African-American to matriculate in medicine at Yale. He worked nights as a janitor in order to pay his tuition, room and board. He graduated in 1891 with honors. His thesis was entitled “The Control of Epidemics.” Dr. Gamble quickly gained a reputation for his exceptional ability as a surgeon and published scientific articles on topics such as thoracic aneurysms and caesarean section.

Since African-Americans were not allowed in the state medical society, Dr. Gamble helped organize the West Virginia State Medical Association, an African-American organization. He joined the National Medical Association where he served as Chairman of the Executive Board, and helped write its constitution. In 1912, Dr. Gamble was elected president of the National Medical Association.

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