Dr. Sadye Curry

Dr. Sadye Curry is the first Black woman in the United States to become a gastroenterologist and the first Black person to train in the Duke gastroenterology fellowship program.

Degree(s): N/A, Doctor of Medicine

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Undergraduate Institution: Johnson C. Smith University (HBCU)

Graduate Institution: Howard University (HBCU)

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Photo Credit: National Institute of Health

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Dr. Sadye Curry is the first Black woman in the United States to become a gastroenterologist and the first Black person to train in the Duke gastroenterology fellowship program. Dr. Curry was also the first Black woman postgraduate trainee at Duke University Medical Center. She served as a medical consultant at Durham’s Lincoln Hospital, a predominantly Black hospital. She is a founding member and has served as president of the Leonidas Berry Society for Digestive Diseases, a national organization of minority gastroenterologists, basic scientists, and general surgeons. Dr. Curry joined the faculty of Howard University in 1972 as an assistant professor of medicine. In 1973, she became assistant chief of medicine at Howard University Medical Service at Columbia General Hospital. From 1974 to 1977, she served as assistant chief of medicine in charge of undergraduate medical education at Howard.

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