In 1890, Dr. Rutherford Butler and Dr. J.W. Linder organized a group of African American healthcare professionals, then known as the Atlanta Medical Association of Physicians, Dentists, and Pharmacists. The organization was formed to help Black healthcare professionals navigate the oppressive environment in which they tried to practice. Despite being marginalized by the majority organizations of the day, they understood how important it was to have their medical society to deal with the issues of the time.
RESILIENCE, HERITAGE, AND LEADERSHIP
We are facing some of the same barriers our predecessors dealt with 130 years ago head-on. Proud of our heritage and excited for the future, we continue to be the leading voice for Black doctors in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
The Atlanta Medical Association is the local affiliate of both the Georgia State Medical Association and the National Medical Association. Our programs and initiatives focus on four major areas: education, service, advocacy, and social networking, and we are always looking for new members to join.
Operating for over 131 years