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Dr. Marvin Shelton

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff.

Birthplace

Born:
7/25/1931
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff.

Birthplace

Born:
7/25/1931
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

In a family of medical doctors, Dr. Marvin L. Shelton has helped patients walk pain-free for more than thirty years. Born in Pittsburgh on July 25, 1931, Shelton has made a reputation for himself with his many discoveries and advances in his work as an orthopedic surgeon in treating ankle fractures.

Educated at Howard University, Shelton received his B.A. in 1951, an M.A. in chemistry the following year, and his M.D. in 1956. After completing his internship, he did his residency in Honolulu, Hawaii. Shelton then served as chief of the Orthopedic Section at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, until 1964. From 1966 to 1994, Shelton headed the Residency Training Program at Harlem Hospital Center in New York. While at Harlem Hospital, Shelton saw a large number of unstable ankle fractures, leading him to further investigate the causes of such injuries. In 1967, he pioneered a new surgical technique that dramatically improved the prognosis for patients with this type of ankle injury. Shelton also helped to engineer a contoured plate system for fractures. This plate gained increasingly wide usage in the orthopedic field.

His discoveries and advances have made Shelton a highly sought-after speaker. Shelton has delivered more than two dozen lectures around the world; presented numerous papers and exhibits; and held visiting professorships at Yale University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon. He also served as chairman of the Orthopedic Section of the National Medical Association and has been an active member and leader in many other professional associations and boards. In 1992, Shelton brought his trailblazing techniques to Presbyterian Hospital in New York, where he worked as an attending surgeon. Shelton and his wife, Arden Buckner, had four children.

Marvin Shelton passed away on July 07, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Marvin Shelton's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Marvin Shelton lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about how his parent met and what subjects they each taught in school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes his maternal and paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes his earliest childhood memory in Wilmington, North Carolina and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Marvin Shelton remembers his family life and where they lived in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Marvin Shelton recalls the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about the African American community in Wilmington, North Carolina and being the youngest child in his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about attending Peabody Elementary School and Williston Industrial High School in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes what he was like as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his personality as a young man and what was expected of him in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes preparing to go to college at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about going to Howard University with HistoryMakers, the Honorable Andrew Young and the Honorable David N. Dinkins
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about the World War II veterans returning to Howard University and his roommate, HistoryMaker Andrew Young
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his professors at Howard University in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his professors at Howard University in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes joining ROTC as a senior at Howard University and how being in the U.S. Army helped pay for medical school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Marvin Shelton recalls his classmates and the learning environment at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Marvin Shelton reflects upon his academic success as a high school and his privilege
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his medical internship and applying for a neurosurgery residency, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his orthopedic surgery residency in Hawaii
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Marvin Shelton explains the sequence of events leading up to getting his M.D. degree in 195
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his professors in medical school at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Marvin Shelton Dr. William Montague Cobb, one of his professor at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about the limited medical school options African Americans had during the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his medical internship and applying for a neurosurgery residency, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes the advantages he received in his medical career as a result being in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Marvin Shelton recalls his time in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Marvin Shelton explains how he was recruited to be the head of the orthopedics residency program at Harlem Hospital in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes the issues with Columbia University's in New York, New York affiliation with Harlem Hospital Center, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes the steps he took to get his independent residency program at Harlem Hospital Center in New York, New York approved
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes the issues with Columbia University's in New York, New York affiliation with Harlem Hospital Center, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about the other doctors at Harlem Hospital Center in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about the end of his independent orthopedic residency program at Harlem Hospital
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about the other residency programs that were available in orthopedics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes how Harlem Hospital Center in New York, New York and residency programs have changed since the 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes some of the medical devices he invented for use in orthopedic surgeries
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes the process of getting a medical device approved for use
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his work on trimalleolar ankle fractures
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his visiting professorships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes how the orthopedic field has changed over his forty-seven year career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Marvin Shelton explains why orthopedics is the most exciting field in medicine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his involvement in professional organizations and the history of the National Medical Association
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about HistoryMaker Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about his and his children's success
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes the importance of African American doctors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes what it means to be a good doctor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Marvin Shelton talks about the challenges of finding good care for African Americans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Marvin Shelton describes his hopes for his future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Marvin Shelton reflects upon his legacy