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Clive Callender

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Surgeon
Medical Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Lavender, Purple
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Bananas, Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
To God Be The Glory.

Birthplace

Born:
11/16/1936
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Surgeon
Medical Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Lavender, Purple
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Bananas, Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
To God Be The Glory.

Birthplace

Born:
11/16/1936
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Surgeon and medical professor Clive Callender was born on November 16, 1936 in New York, New York. Callender lived in a foster home and then with his father, until his stepmother had to be hospitalized. His Aunt Ella took him in and began his faith-based life. Through his involvement with Ebenezer Gospel Tabernacle at the age of seven, Callender decided to become a medical missionary. After graduating from Commerce High School, Callender received his B.S. degree in chemistry and physiology from New York City’s Hunter College. He went on to attend Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he received his M.D. degree in 1963.

Callender completed a series of residencies at Harlem Hospital, Howard University Hospital, Freedmen’s Hospital and Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Disease. In 1968, he returned to Howard University Hospital to become chief resident. The following year, Callender became an instructor at Howard University. In 1970, Callender served as a medical officer at D.C. General Hospital. He was then invited to Nigeria’s Port Harcourt General Hospital at the end of the country’s Biafran Civil War, where for nine months he fulfilled his life’s goal of becoming a medical missionary. In 1971, Callender received a two-year postdoctoral fellowship through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study organ transplant medicine. He studied at the University of Minnesota under Dr. John Najaraian and Dr. Richard Simmons. In 1973, Callender was promoted to the rank of assistant professorship at Howard University Hospital’s medical school and founded the Howard University Hospital Transplant Center. He discovered that the greatest obstacle in transplant medicine was the scarcity of donors and he strove to increase the number of African American organ donors. In 1991, he founded the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP). Two years later, MOTTEP received a $1.2 million in funding from NIH’s Office of Research on Minority Health to develop a minority donor strategic plan and implementation in eleven cities. In 1995, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) awarded National MOTTEP a $5.8 million to expand into fifteen new cities. One year later, Callender was appointed chairman of the Department of Surgery and the first Lasalle D. Lefall, Jr. Professor of Surgery at Howard University College of Medicine.

Callender has served as a spokesperson for organ donation at more than 1000 meetings and is a member of numerous professional societies. He has authored over 125 scientific publications on transplantation. Callender appeared on many national television shows including the Oprah Show, Nightline, CBS Evening News and CNN News. He and his wife Fern, have raised three children: Joseph, Ealena and Arianne.

Clive Callender was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 25, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Clive Callender's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Clive Callender lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Clive Callender talks about his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Clive Callender talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Clive Callender talks about paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Clive Callender talks about his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Clive Callender explains why he was raised by his aunt, Ella Waterman
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Clive Callender talks about his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Clive Callender describes the role his father played in his life during his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Clive Callender talks about his childhood dream of becoming a medical missionary
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Clive Callender talks about the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Clive Callender talks about his grade school years at P.S. 113 in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Clive Callender describes the differences between him and his twin brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Clive Callender talks about ethnic distinctions within the African American community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Clive Callender talks about the honors program he was in at Commerce High School in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Clive Callender talks about being hospitalized for eighteen months with pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Clive Callender talks about a mentor he had while hospitalized
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Clive Callender talks about his lung surgery
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Clive Callender talks about how he was not afraid during his illness because of his faith
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Clive Callender talks his role models and uncles, Drs. Vernal and Herbert Cave
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Clive Callender talks about his first year at Hunter College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Clive Callender talks about enrolling in Hunter College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Clive Callender talks about the turning point in his academic career at Hunter College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Clive Callender talks about being accepted to Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Clive Callender describes an influential physiology professor at Hunter College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Clive Callender explains how his church raised money to send him to medical school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Clive Callender talks about being the top student in his class at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Clive Callender talks about his professors at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Clive Callender talks about his experiences at hospitals in Ohio, during an externship and as a surgical intern
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Clive Callender talks about medical advances in treating tuberculosis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Clive Callender describes why he transferred from Harlem Hospital to Howard University Hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Clive Callender talks about his experience being active in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Clive Callender describes how he met his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Clive Callender talks about being a medical missionary in Port Harcourt, Nigeria pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Clive Callender talks about being a medical missionary in Port Harcourt, Nigeria pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Clive Callender describes how Nigerians reacted to death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Clive Callender talks about why he thinks that all people of color descended from Africans should visit Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Clive Callender talks about his missionary work in Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Clive Callender talks about his memories of his time in Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Clive Callender talks about his time at the transplant program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Clive Callender talks about working with Dr. Samuel Kountz, the first African American transplant surgeon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Clive Callender talks about starting the transplant program at Howard University Hospital
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Clive Callender describes the study he conducted with Dr. James Bayton to understand why African Americans are reluctant to be organ donors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Clive Callender talks about the reasons African Americans are reluctant to become kidney donors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Clive Callender talks about the formation of the District of Columbia Organ Donor program in 1982
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Clive Callender talks about the success of the Dow Chemical Company's Take Initiative Program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Clive Callender talks about the conception of the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (M.O.T.T.E.P.)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Clive Callender talks about securing funding for the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (M.O.T.T.E.P.)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Clive Callender talks about the success of the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (M.O.T.T.E.P.)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Clive Callender talks about the challenges the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (M.O.T.T.E.P.) faced working in the Native American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Clive Callender talks about National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program's (M.O.T.T.E.P.) efforts to educate people on health and preventative care
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Clive Callender talks about the donor shortage in the United States and the cost of addressing the problem
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Clive Callender explains the need to educate minority communities about stem cell transplantation pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Clive Callender explains the need to educate minority communities about stem cell transplantation pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Clive Callender talks about health issues in the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Clive Callender talks about overcoming religious objections to organ donation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Clive Callender talks about the "Be Blessed Model"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Clive Callender talks about becoming chair of the department of surgery at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Clive Callender talks about effect of the environment on people's health
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Clive Callender talks about his thoughts on the Affordable Care Act and universal healthcare
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Clive Callender explains his medical philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Clive Callender explains what he would do differently in his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Clive Callender reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Clive Callender shares some stories of successful transplant patients
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Clive Callender talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Clive Callender talks about his wife, children, and twin brother
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Clive Callender talks about how thankful he is for his health
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Clive Callender talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Clive Callender narrates his photographs