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Dr. Maurice F. Rabb

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Opthamologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Help me. Don't hurt me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/7/1932

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Opthamologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Help me. Don't hurt me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/7/1932
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Biography

Ophthalmologist Dr. Maurice F. Rabb, Jr., is internationally known for his pioneering work in cornea and retinal vascular diseases. He achieved many firsts as an African American physician. Rabb was born in 1932 in Kentucky, the son of Dr. Maurice Rabb, Sr., a physician and civil rights activist, and Jewel Rabb, a teacher. Because African Americans were banned from attending the University of Louisville, Rabb spent his first two years of undergraduate study at Indiana University. In 1951, when segregation ended in Kentucky, he transferred to the University of Louisville, becoming one of the first African American students admitted there. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1958.

Rabb did postgraduate training at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and studied ophthalmology at New York University. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, where he was the first African American chief resident. After his residency, Rabb established a private practice specializing in retinal diseases in downtown Chicago, something that African Americans were not doing at the time. In his notable career, he served as director of the Illinois Eye Bank and Research Laboratory of the University of Illinois Medical School, director of the Fluorescein Angiography Laboratory at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and as co-director of the Sickle Cell Center at the University of Illinois Medical Center.

Most recently, he served as a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Mercy Hospital, president of the Mercy Hospital Medical Staff, and medical director of Prevent Blindness America. Rabb was the author of numerous articles and a collaborator on several medical films. He was married to Madeline Murphy Rabb, an artist and art consultant. They have two sons, Maurice and Christopher.

Dr. Rabb passed away on June 6, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Maurice Rabb details the origins of his name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Maurice Rabb describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Maurice Rabb describes his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Maurice Rabb remembers his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Maurice Rabb describes his childhood environs, Shelbyville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Maurice Rabb discusses his father's profession, part I
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Maurice Rabb recalls his elementary school and recreational activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Maurice Rabb describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Maurice Rabb recalls his childhood interests in reading and technology
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Maurice Rabb tells about playing with B.B. guns and slingshots
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Maurice Rabb recalls segregation in his hometown, Shelbyville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Maurice Rabb discusses his father's work as a doctor in 1930s Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Maurice Rabb describes the influence of his family members
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Maurice Rabb recounts his junior high school years away from home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Maurice Rabb recalls attending a segregated high school in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Maurice Rabb recalls his early basketball prowess
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Maurice Rabb talks about his youthful interest in pyrotechnics and radio and his father's anti-drinking stance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Maurice Rabb recounts a trip to France as a Boy Scout
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Maurice Rabb recalls coming home from the Boy Scouts' World Jamboree in 1947
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Maurice Rabb tells about his father's race keeping him from being drafted as a physician in World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Maurice Rabb describes his career and college choice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Maurice Rabb recounts his two years at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Maurice Rabb explains his transfer to the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Maurice Rabb recounts his medical school experience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Maurice Rabb discusses career decisions following medical school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Maurice Rabb details his father's integration of Louisville General Hospital, early 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Maurice Rabb recalls his experience as a medical intern in New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Maurice Rabb recounts his residency at the University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Maurice Rabb recalls his Jewish social network while in medical school, part I
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Maurice Rabb recalls his Jewish social network while in medical school, part II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Maurice Rabb remembers his mentor in ophthalmology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Maurice Rabb becomes the first black physician to practice in Chicago's Loop
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Maurice Rabb pursues further ophthalmological study in a fellowship with Dr. Max Fine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Maurice Rabb recounts courting his future wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Maurice Rabb recalls working on corneal transplants with Dr. Fine in San Francisco
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Maurice Rabb shares his experiences as a professor/physician in Chicago, 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Maurice Rabb reflects on the course of his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Maurice Rabb remembers influential ophthalmologists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Maurice Rabb discusses the demographics of his patients
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Maurice Rabb reflects on developments in ophthalmological technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Maurice Rabb discusses trends in ophthalmological procedures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Maurice Rabb shares advice for those pursuing careers in medicine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Maurice Rabb discusses African Americans in medicine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Maurice Rabb lists national and international institutions with which he is involved
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Maurice Rabb considers his motivation for career success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Maurice Rabb talks about his research on how sickle cell anemia affects the eye
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Maurice Rabb discusses his plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Maurice Rabb discusses the importance of family to him
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Maurice Rabb defines success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Maurice Rabb shares his views on the progress of black America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Maurice Rabb considers his legacy