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Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Cardiologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Greens (Turnip)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martinique
Favorite Quote:
Look Forward And Keep Climbing On Each Experience.

Birthplace

Born:
3/23/1960
Birth Location:
Knoxville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Cardiologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Greens (Turnip)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martinique
Favorite Quote:
Look Forward And Keep Climbing On Each Experience.

Birthplace

Born:
3/23/1960
Birth Location:
Knoxville
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Biography

Cardiologist Dr. Paul L. Underwood, Jr., was born on March 23, 1960 in Knoxville, Tennessee. After Underwood graduated from Austin-East High School in 1976, he received his B.S. degree in biology at Morehouse College with departmental honors and his M.D. degree from the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Underwood completed his post graduate training at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Iowa Heart Center.

In 1987, Underwood began working at St. Croix Hospital in the U.S. Virgin Islands. During his three year stay there, Underwood eventually became the Director of the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit for the hospital. He also became the Physician Advisor for the Peer Review Organization at the Virgin Islands Medical Institute.

In 1997, Underwood acted as a consultant among a sixteen member multidisciplinary medical team that traveled to Dakar, Senegal to provide cardiovascular medical care for the community. The venture, Project MEDHELP, led by Albert F. Olivier, consisted of cardiothoracic and general surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, internists, public health experts, dermatologists and gynecologists.

In 2004, Underwood was appointed as the tenth president of the Association of Black Cardiologists, where he served until 2006. Under Underwood’s leadership, the organization developed various community based programs including Changing Health Outcomes by Improving Cardiovascular Education and Screenings (CHOICES), and the Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development (CCEPD), which is ranked in the top five percent of accredited providers. Underwood also developed Project Hope, a project that provided Hurricane Katrina evacuees with medical care and refurbished medical records.

Also in 2004, Underwood led the Association of Black Cardiologists to manage and unveil the results of the African American Heart Failure Trial (A-HeFT), the first study conducted in a heart failure population in which all of the participants identified themselves as black. The results of the study led to the production of the drug, BiDil, the first ever heart medication specifically geared towards African Americans—the racial demographic with the highest percentage of heart disease.

In 2006, Underwood joined the North Phoenix Heart Center, before joining his wife at Sonoran Health Specialists in Scottsdale, Arizona. Underwood serves on several boards and organizations including the Black Board of Directors Project and the Use of Force Disciplinary Review Board of the Phoenix Police Department.

Underwood lives with his wife, Dr. Hollis Underwood, a physician in private practice, and their three sons, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Underwood was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 14, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes his mother, Jacqueline Martin Underwood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his father, Paul Underwood, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes his earliest memories of childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. recalls his childhood neighborhoods in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his limited experiences of racial discrimination as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes the Underwood household during his childhood years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his religious background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his elementary school years at First Lutheran School in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. recalls his years at Ft Sanders School in Knoxville, Tennessee, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. recalls his years at Ft Sanders School in Knoxville, Tennessee, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his experience at Webb School of Knoxville in Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his transition into Austin-East High School, an all-black school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about race relations in the Knoxville, Tennessee community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. recounts his experiences in white homes while playing on a traveling ice hockey team in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. recalls how his father influenced his decision to pursue math and science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. recalls his decision to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes his experience at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes his experience living off-campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes HistoryMaker Dr. David Satcher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. continues to talk about HistoryMaker Dr. David Satcher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes working as a nurse's aide at Grady Memorial Hospital and meeting Dr. J. Willis Hurst
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes his decision to attend the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes his experience at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes the black and white communities in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. recalls experiencing racial discrimination at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about equal opportunity and African American professors at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about dating his wife, HistoryMaker Dr. Hollis Underwood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. recalls his year-long internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes Detroit, Michigan during the mid-1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes his interactions with African American patients while interning at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his tenure in St. Croix as the director of the emergency room and the intensive care unit at St. Croix Hospital
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. recalls the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo in St. Croix
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about entering the field of cardiology while at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his father's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his time at the Iowa Heart Center in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. remembers his decision to move to Advanced Cardiac Specialists in Gilbert, Arizona
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his work with the American Heart Association through HistoryMaker Marvin Perry's Black Board of Directors Project
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. recounts his travels to Dakar, Senegal with Project MEDHELP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about the Association of Black Cardiologists and his presidency of the organization
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about the Association of Black Cardiologists' response to Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about BiDil, a prescription drug for African Americans with heart disease
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about winning the 2006 Lincoln Ragsdale Award and Ragsdale's legacy in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about working with his wife, HistoryMaker Dr. Hollis Underwood, at Sonoran Health Specialists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about his professional hopes for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. shares his advice for aspiring African American medical students
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. concludes his interview
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Underwood, Jr. narrates his photographs