Brooklyn Nets present The Untold: Dr. James Robert Gladden

James Robert Gladden attended Meharry Medical College, where he received his M.D. degree and earned the Andrew Nelson Award for the highest four-year GPA. In 1943, Freedmen’s Hospital, affiliated with Howard University, became the only institution in the country where African Americans could routinely obtain approved training. He then became the first full time orthopaedic resident at the University. He continued to pioneer in the specialty and in 1949 became the first African American certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the first to be elected to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He also became the first non-white physician to perform a major surgery at King George's Hospital in Hamilton, Bermuda.

About The Untold

Presenting the stories you haven’t heard, and the stories you haven’t heard enough about. This is the mission of The Untold, bringing essential passages of our history to light through the eyes of modern-day Black historymakers: artists, activists, and athletes who push culture forward every day. Visit us each day in February for a new story as we present 28 untold stories of Black history.

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