Dr. Edward Reed, medical pioneer, is mourned

Dr. Edward Reed
Dr. Edward Reed

(WMC-TV) – Mid-Southerners are mourning the loss of a pioneer in Memphis medicine, Dr. Edward Reed.

Doctor Reed is the former chairman of the board of The MED, and practiced medicine in Memphis for nearly 50 years.

He opened a practice in 1962 in a segregated Memphis medical community. Dr. Reed was denied membership in the Memphis-Shelby County Medical Society as well as the Tennessee and American Medical Associations.

The pioneering doctor overcame all of that, integrating St. Joseph Hospital's medical staff in 1964, and becoming the first black President of the local American Cancer Society.

Dr. Reed passed away Tuesday at the age of 92.

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