In 1890 Dr. Rutherford Butler and Dr. J.W. Linder organized a group of African American health care 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 own medical society to help them deal with the issues of the time.
…innovative, imaginative, and nimble.
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 4 major areas … education, service, advocacy, and social networking, and we are always looking for new members to join.
Operating for over 131 years
“We have a very rich history and a prosperous future. We are the largest local chapter and we are an award-winning chapter of the National Medical Association.”
~ Frank K. Jones, MD, M.P.H., FACS, Atlanta Medical Association President