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Dr. Augustus A. White, III

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Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (New Orleans)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sweden
Favorite Quote:
Life Is As It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
6/4/1936
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (New Orleans)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sweden
Favorite Quote:
Life Is As It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
6/4/1936
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Prominent orthopedic surgeon Dr. Augustus A. White III was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of a doctor and a librarian. After attending segregated schools in Memphis, White graduated from the private Mount Herman School in Northfield, Massachusetts, in 1953. White completed his pre-medical studies at Brown University in 1957, and in 1961 was the first African American graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Receiving his Ph.D. degree in orthopedic biomechanics at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, White became the first African American surgical resident at the Yale-New Haven Hospital; he also served in Vietnam as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, earning a Bronze Star.

Specializing in care of the spine, White worked at Harvard Medical School as a professor of orthopedic surgery, and as the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Professor of Medical Education. For thirteen years, White served as chief of the orthopedic surgery department at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston; he also founded the academic orthopedic program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

A noted author in his medical specialty, White co-wrote (with Dr. Manohar M. Panjabi) Clinical Biomechanics of the Spine and Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System. White also wrote Your Aching Back: A Doctor’s Guide to Relief; Back Care; Advances in Spinal Fusion: Molecular Science, Biomechanics and Clinical Management; and Clinical Biometrics of the Spine, a standard reference book for orthopedists. In 2006, White was awarded the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Diversity Award for his life’s work, and his contributions to his field.

White met his wife, Anita, during his Ph.D. studies at the Karolinska Institute; the couple had three daughters.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Augustus A. White III's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his professional activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Augustus A. White III lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his mother, Vivian Dandridge White
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his father, Augustus White, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Augustus A. White III recalls his childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his schooling in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes himself as a student at Memphis' Manassas High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his neighborhood growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers attending Mount Hermon School for Boys
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his experience at Mount Hermon School for Boys
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his jobs at Mount Hermon School for Boys
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his religious life as a young man
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Augustus A. White III reflects upon his time at Mount Hermon School for Boys
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his social life at Brown University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his social life at Brown University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Augustus A. White III recalls a conflict with Delta Upsilon Fraternity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Augustus A. White III recalls being honored by Delta Upsilon Fraternity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers attending Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers deciding to become a surgeon
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Augustus A. White III recalls his internship at the University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Augustus A. White III recalls his residency at Presbyterian Hospital in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers his time at Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers serving in Vietnam with the U.S. Army Medical Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers working in a leper colony, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers working in a leper colony, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers being awarded a bronze star from the U.S. military
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers researching with Carl Hirsch in Sweden
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers meeting his wife, Anita White
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers starting Yale University's orthopedic biomechanics laboratory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Augustus A. White III remembers his appointment at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his book, 'Your Aching Back: A Doctor's Guide to Relief'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his books
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes healthcare disparities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Augustus A. White III reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his future plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his daughters, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes his daughters, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Augustus A. White III describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Augustus A. White III narrates his photographs