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Department Chairs--The Early Years

Biographical and bibliographical information on the university's department chairs from the historical past.

Joseph L. Alexander, MD, Founding Chair, Department of Surgery, 1971-1976

              Joseph L. Alexander, MD   (1929-2002)

On June 1, 1971, Dr. Joseph L. Alexander began his term as the first chairman of the Department of Surgery at Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School.

Below is a brief biographical excerpt from "Historical Notes" by Dr. Arthur Fleming, which eventually became part of his book chapter, from the two volume set, A Century of Black Surgeons (1987). Chapter 10, Volume One: "Martin Luther King, Jr. General Hospital and the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School"


1: Fobi M, Johnson AP, Bristo LD, Alexander JL. The "limiting proximal gastric
pouch": the evolving solution of morbid obesity. J Natl Med Assoc. 1982
Oct;74(10):1005-9. PubMed PMID: 7143463; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2561379.


2: Alexander JL. The King-Drew Trauma Center. J Natl Med Assoc. 1976
Sep;68(5):384-6. PubMed PMID: 1003570; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2609609.

3: Mandal AK, Boitano MA, Maxwell TM, Lou MA, Alexander JL. Ninety-eight
penetrating vascular injuries: a review of a two and one-half year experience. J
Trauma. 1976 May;16(5):354-60. PubMed PMID: 1271497.

4: Miller C Jr, Johnson AP Jr, Lou MA, Alexander JL. Primary closure and
exteriorization of penetrating wounds of the colon. J Natl Med Assoc. 1975
May;67(3):225-7, 204. PubMed PMID: 1095772; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2609312.

5: O'Donnell VA Jr, Lou MA, Maxwell TM, Mandal AK, Alexander JL. Penetrating
wounds of the abdomen. J Natl Med Assoc. 1975 Mar;67(2):155-7. PubMed PMID:
1133865; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2609419.

6: Johnson AP Jr, Ashley M, Alexander JL. The prevention of perforated
appendicitis. A challenge for health education. J Natl Med Assoc. 1975
Jan;67(1):46-7. PubMed PMID: 1113342; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2609268.

7: Macdonald A, Busch GJ, Alexander JL, Pheteplace EA, Menzoian J, Murray JE.
Heparin and aspirin in the treatment of hyperacute rejection of renal allografts
in presensitized dogs. Transplantation. 1970 Jan;9(1):1-7. PubMed PMID: 4904748.

8: Alexander JL, Hall TC, Diethelm AG, Murray JE. The effects of cytosine
arabinoside on canine renal allografts. Transplantation. 1969 Mar;7(3):210-5.
PubMed PMID: 4888500.