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Dr. Charles H. Epps, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Spaghetti, Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/24/1930
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Spaghetti, Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/24/1930
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Medical pioneer and educator Dr. Charles Harry Epps, Jr., was born on July 24, 1930, in Baltimore, Maryland. Epps attended Baltimore's Frederick Douglass High School; during his senior year, he was class president and valedictorian. While still in high school, Epps was also selected to be a delegate of the Maryland State Boys Senate, where he introduced legislation calling for the elimination of segregation of the state’s public transportation, which the State Boys Senate passed.

Epps graduated from high school in 1947 and enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Epps graduated magna cum laude with his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1947 from Howard, and received his M.D. degree with honors in 1955. After medical school, Epps completed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Freedmen’s (now Howard University) Hospital, in Washington, D.C. Following the completion of his residency, Epps served as a captain in the United States Army Medical Corps.

After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1962, Epps returned to Howard University to become a member of the College of Medicine faculty, and began a successful private practice.

At the age of thirty-three, Epps was appointed chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Howard. During his tenure as chief and professor, Epps trained more African American men and women in orthopedic surgery than anyone in the world. Epps also served Howard in various other capacities, including dean of the College of Medicine; vice president for health affairs; acting CEO of Howard Hospital; and special assistant to the president for health affairs.

Epps retired from Howard University in 2001. Throughout the course of his career, Epps contributed more than seventy publications and thirty book chapters, in addition to giving numerous lectures and scientific presentations. Epps also served in a variety of professional organizations, including the American Orthopedic Association, where he was its first African American member, and later its president. Epps and his wife, renowned doctor Roselyn Payne Epps, raised four children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Charles Epps interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charles Epps lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles Epps remembers his mother and father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles Epps shares his earliest memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles Epps recalls his relationships with his sisters
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles Epps describes his childhood community and school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles Epps recounts his first encounter with discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles Epps remembers his early school years with his childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles Epps recalls racial discrimination in horse racing at Pimlico
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles Epps describes his childhood personality and high school jobs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles Epps remembers his high school extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles Epps recalls racial discrimination in employment and his own career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles Epps recounts his career choice and supporting himself through college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles Epps talks about the deaths of his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles Epps discusses his participation in Model Senate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles Epps recounts his experiences with tuberculosis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles Epps recalls how he supported himself through college and medical school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles Epps remembers his favorite teachers from elementary through high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles Epps remembers his favorite professors in undergraduate courses at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles Epps recalls Howard College of Medicine professors he admired
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles Epps remembers working for E. Franklin Frazier
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles Epps recounts his courtship and marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles Epps outlines the history of Howard's orthopedics program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles Epps explains his decision to specialize in orthopedic surgery
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles Epps recalls his studies in orthopedic surgery
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles Epps remembers Dr. Burke Syphax and Dr. Montague Cobb
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles Epps discusses racial discrimination in the medical field
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles Epps recounts his stint in the Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles Epps recalls becoming chief of orthopedic surgery at Freedmen's and D.C. General Hospitals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles Epps discusses balancing educational and hospital work with private practice
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles Epps talks about his involvement in professional organizations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles Epps explains the process of board certification and Academy membership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles Epps describes the issues discussed and work done by medical associations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles Epps describes his relations with white colleagues and patients
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charles Epps reflects on his teaching career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Charles Epps discusses prosthetics developments
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Charles Epps reflects on developments in medical technology over his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Charles Epps details developments in hospital administration over his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Charles Epps discusses challenges facing the medical field in 2003
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Charles Epps reflects on his work as Dean of Howard's medical school
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Charles Epps explains his challenges as Vice President of Health Affairs at Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Charles Epps shares his thoughts on African American medical colleges
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Charles Epps discusses his current activities and the endowed chair in his name at Howard
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Charles Epps describes raising his four children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Charles Epps reflects on his determination and frugality
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Charles Epps discusses his courtship and marriage
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Charles Epps considers his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Photo - Charles Epps, not dated
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Photo - Charles Epps's taxi identification badge, 1951
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Photo - Charles Epps with his wife, Roslyn, from a District of Columbia Medical Society publication, ca. 1992