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Dr. Carlton A. West

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Hot Dogs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southwestern United States
Favorite Quote:
Winners Make Things Happen. Losers Let Things Happen.

Birthplace

Born:
12/12/1943
Birth Location:
Montezuma, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Hot Dogs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southwestern United States
Favorite Quote:
Winners Make Things Happen. Losers Let Things Happen.

Birthplace

Born:
12/12/1943
Birth Location:
Montezuma
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Biography

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Carlton A. West was born on December 12, 1943, in Montezuma, Georgia. He grew up on a farm in the central part of Georgia. West earned his B.A. degree in biology in 1965. Dr. Mayes encouraged him to make the Deans list in order to receive scholarship money. West made the Deans list twice and scored high on the MCAT. The summer of his senior year in college, he was exposed to the medical world firsthand through his internship at Harlem Hospital in New York City. This exposure to medicine inspired him to pursue medicine. Without the intention to attend medical school, West was the first student in his class to be accepted into a medical university. He graduated from Meharry University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1965.

After graduating from medical school, West interned at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, for one year for a general surgery residency. He then took a year off to be the medical director of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams’ Health Center based at Providence Hospital on Chicago’s South Side. After a year hiatus from surgery, West began his residency at Yale University, completing it in 1975. That same year, he returned to Chicago to open a private practice in orthopedic surgery. In 1977, he became board certified and joined the staff at Michael Reese Hospital. West’s notable patients included the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, the late Eugene Sawyer, Evel Knievel, Muhammad Ali, Sammy Davis, Jr., and many others.

West served on the Board of the American Diabetes Association and Operation PUSH/Rainbow Coalition. In addition, he served as the President of the Chicago chapter of Meharry University and was a member of Sarasan fraternal order of physicians.

West enjoyed fishing and skiing, remained a resident of Chicago, and was a father and husband.

Dr. Carlton West passed away on March 11, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Carlton A. West's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Carlton A. West lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Carlton A. West talks about his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Carlton A. West talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his mother's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his parents' resourcefulness
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes the Flint River Farms in Macon County, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his family's house in Flint River Farms
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Carlton A. West recalls his early awareness of segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Carlton A. West remembers the Flint River Farms School in Macon County, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Carlton A. West remembers the teachers at the Flint River Farms School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Carlton A. West remembers his early role models
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his activities at the New Hope Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his childhood friends and pastimes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Carlton A. West remembers D.F. Douglass High School in Montezuma, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Carlton A. West remembers his high school activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Carlton A. West recalls his admission to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Carlton A. West remembers Morehouse College President Benjamin E. Mays
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his experiences at Morehouse College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Carlton A. West recalls the SNCC demonstrations in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Carlton A. West recalls the black business community in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Carlton A. West recalls the SNCC demonstrations in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his experiences at Morehouse College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Carlton A. West recalls his decision to attend Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Carlton A. West remembers Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Carlton A. West recalls his parents' support
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Carlton A. West recalls his medical internship at New York City's Harlem Hospital
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his early interest in orthopedic medicine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes the orthopedic issues in the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dr. Carlton A. West talks about his medical residencies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Carlton A. West recalls his orthopedic residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Carlton A. West talks about the advancements in orthopedic medicine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Carlton A. West recalls opening a private orthopedic practice
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Carlton A. West talks about his celebrity patients
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Carlton A. West talks about treating professional athletes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his orthopedic practice
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes the misconceptions about African Americans' bone anatomy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Carlton A. West talks about the syndromes of bone overuse and underuse
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. Carlton A. West talks about chiropractic care
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. Carlton A. West remembers treating Evel Knievel, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Carlton A. West remembers treating Evel Knievel, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Carlton A. West talks about bone fracture complications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his recommendations for improving bone health
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his organizational activities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Carlton A. West reflects upon his life and legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Carlton A. West talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Carlton A. West describes how he would like to be remembered