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My mentor and friend, LaSalle Leffall

Once upon a time, a little boy found a bird with a broken wing...

As LaSalle was growing up in the segregated South, his godmother’s husband was the only black physician in his hometown, but his parents and teachers instilled in him potent messages of purpose and possibility. As a black student in the 1940s, Howard University was one of only two medical schools open to him, but he graduated first in his class in 1952 and went on to become President of the American Cancer Society, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Surgical Oncologists. He’s taught 5,000 of the 7,500 physicians who’ve graduated from Howard.

Read more about the prescient beginning of his monumental career in Promise Me. In the video below, LaSalle talks about his involvement in SGK.