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Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr.

Medical doctor and epidemiologist Charles Lovell, Jr. was born on September 17, 1946 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Charles Lovell, Sr. and Rachel Lovell. After Lovell’s freshman year in high school, his family sent him to New York City, where he lived with his uncle James Floyd and his aunt Martha. Lovell attended Seward Park High School and after graduation, he was accepted and attended Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After graduating Harvard College, Lovell went on to attend medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York where he earned his M.D. degree in medicine. After graduating from Columbia University, Lovell interned at Harlem Hospital Center. In 1976, Lovell was named chief resident of Harlem Hospital and later went to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service [EIS], where he investigated national and local epidemics.

In 1978, Lovell opened his private medical practice, York Clinical Research and was also appointed assistant professor of clinical research at Eastern Virginia Medical School [EVMS]. That same year, Lovell worked with U.S. Rep. George William Whitehurst to enact legislation to include preventive health services as a part of Medicare. As a result, both Lovell and U.S. Rep. Whitehurst were awarded the American Lung Association’s Annual Award in 1981. In 1993, Lovell was the first African American to serve as president of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Board of Medicine. In 2006, Lovell’s private practice was distinguished as a Cardiovascular Center of Excellence by the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control in 2006. Lovell divided his time between his private practice and his medical initiative entitled, the 3 Diseases Project, whose mission is to diagnose and treat hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol through the utilization of cutting edge technologies. In 2007, Lovell was awarded Dominion’s Strong Men & Women: The Series, which highlights African-American men and women whose accomplishments and determination demonstrate true excellence in leadership. Lovell is a former member of the National Vaccine Advisory Board. He is a current member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity and the Sigma Xi scientific research society. Lovell’s wife is Barbara Lovell and they have one daughter, Sarah Rachel.

Charles Lovell, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 5, 2012.

Accession Number

A2012.021

Sex

Male

Interview Date

2/5/2012

Last Name

Lovell

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

F.

Occupation
Schools

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Harvard University

Seward Park High School

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First Name

Charles

Birth City, State, Country

Winston-Salem

HM ID

LOV06

Favorite Season

Spring

State

North Carolina

Favorite Vacation Destination

Jamaica

Favorite Quote

Let he among you that is without sin cast the first stone.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Virginia

Birth Date

9/17/1946

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Norfolk

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Turnip Greens

Short Description

Medical scientist Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. (1946 - ) served as a catalyst for the federal passage of a bill that provided elderly Medicare patients improved access to pneumonia vaccines, setting a precedent for preventive health care nationwide.

Employment

Sentara Healhcare

C.F. Lovell, MD, PC

United States Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control

Favorite Color

Navy Blue

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr.'s interview (part 1)

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his role in changing the direction of Medicare

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Slating of Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr.'s interview (part 2)

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. lists his favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his mother's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his mother

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about J.J. Jones High School

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his parents' occupations

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his father's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes how his parents met

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his father's and his uncles' service in the military

Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his parents' personalities and who he takes after

Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his family's religious affiliations

Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes the diverse landscape of North Carolina

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes growing up in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience in J.J. Jones High School and his interest in nature and science

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his interest in science during school

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his family's political activism

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about leaving Pilot Mountain to attend high school in New York City

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience at Seward High School in New York City

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his decision to attend Harvard University and reflects on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his interview with Jackie Robinson in 1963

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his brief encounter with Malcolm X in 1962 as well as the influence of his uncle

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experiences in New York City in the 1960s

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience at Harvard University

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about the growth of the department of African American studies at Harvard University

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about others who attended Harvard University during his time there

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes civil rights activism in Harvard in the 1960s

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience in the Air Force ROTC and his decision to attend Columbia University's medical school

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience at Columbia University's medical school and the role of his mentors

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience at Columbia University Medical School

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience at Harlem Hospital

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about refraining from political activism during medical school

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his private medical practice and his clinical research

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his role in establishing Medicare reimbursement of preventive health services

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his honors and his service appointments

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes the 'Three Diseases Project' in Africa

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about childhood health in the U.S. and his daily routine

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his wife and daughter

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. reflects upon his career

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about promoting a healthy lifestyle

Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. reflects upon his legacy

Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his current personal interests

Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. provides a history of blacks at Harvard University and Columbia Medical School

Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered