About Charlotte Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association
President: Neema Hooker, MD
Treasurer: Nina Burkett, MD
Secretary: Kristin W. Gaines, MD
Committees: Membership, Constitution and By-Laws, Special Events, Public Relations and Health Issues, Medical Affairs
Black Medical Society Fills Need Despite Social Gain (Charlotte Business Journal, 2010)
Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the Charlotte Medical Association is being applauded for its impact on health care for African-Americans in the Queen City. It enters its next century after being founded during the dark days of Jim Crow laws, yet despite desegregation in health care, its members believe there's still a strong need for the organization.
The organization was founded by Dr. Allen Atkins Wyche as the Charlotte Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association to create a network for black health care professionals in Charlotte. There were several black physicians in the area at that time. Those doctors received formal medical training from Howard University Medical School, Meharry Medical College in Nashville or the Leonard Medical School of Shaw University in Raleigh. They came to Charlotte to open private practices or work in the Good Samaritan Hospital, which was built in 1891 as the first hospital in the United States operated exclusively for African-Americans.