Lasalle Leffall Jr., MD

Lasalle Leffall, Jr – graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in 1952 under the tutelage of faculty members such as Dr. Burke Syphax, Dr. Jack White, Dr. W. Montague Cobb and the celebrated Dr. Charles R. Drew. In 1962, Leffall joined the Howard faculty and by 1970, he was a full professor and chairman of Howard’s surgery department where he went on to perform surgery until the mid-2000s, completing 60 years in total.  He was the first African American president of both the American Cancer Society and the American College of Surgeons. His leadership skills helped bring attention to the treatment and mortality in Black cancer patients. Specially, forming a program focusing on the issue of cancer for Black Americans.