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Meharry Medical alums to honor Miami trailblazers

caines | 1/17/2013, 4:30 a.m.

Drs. George and Dazelle Simpson consummate physicians

Two of Miamis most respected physicians, Drs. George and Dazelle Simpson, are slated to be honored by their fellow Meharry Medical College [MMC] alums in an event that will pay tribute to their combined 113 years of service to the South Florida community. Each of them can be called pioneers and trailblazers due to the many firsts they have achieved including the first Blacks to become board certified to practice surgery and pediatrics [respectively] in the State of Florida. But theres much more. Their service covers the gamut: private practices in medicine; founding members of numerous community projects; board members of a host of health care institutions; leadership roles in local, state and national organizations; and training future physicians. On Friday, April 19 the MMC Alumni Association will hold a tribute dinner and fundraiser in the two doctors honor at the Hyatt Regency Miami. The proceeds will go the Meharrys Medical College Scholarship Fund for current and future deserving students. Ninety percent of Meharrys students require financial aid and upon graduation, their medical school debt, based on national averages, range from $158K to $170K. Our future Black doctors need our support. Meharry is one of the nations oldest and largest historically-Black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, doctors, researchers and health policy experts and is ranked among the top five producers of primary care physicians. And it is the place where the Simpsons perfected their craft We salute Dr. George A. Simpson, a New York City native whose love for public service became apparent early in his career and has continued since he moved to Miami in 1958 to join his wife. And we salute Miami native Dr. Dazelle Dean Simpson, granddaughter of Miami pioneer E. W. F. Stirrup, who graduated valedictorian from Carver High in Coconut Grove and knew during her childhood that she wanted to become a doctor so she could help others. For information about how you can contribute and/or attend the gala, call Sabrina Madison 240-205-1746, who represents the Meharry National Alumni Association, Miami Chapter. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com