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Honoring Black Leaders in Radiation Oncology

Each February, Black History Month serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history. It is a time to honor the past, celebrate the present and look to the future. The field of radiation oncology owes much to the many trailblazers who dedicated their lives to the health and wellness of others while dealing with structural and systemic obstacles that made their achievements all the more impressive. This page serves as a historical reminder and recognition of some of the doctors who advanced the field and made our specialty better and more inclusive. It also serves to shine a light on some of the leaders who are moving us forward. While this list is neither exhaustive nor complete, we hope you enjoy learning more about these outstanding Black physicians. 

Marcus F. Wheatland Sr., MD

  • First known Black radiation oncologist and radiologist
  • Gave the first lecture by a radiation oncologist to the National Medical Association (1909) and served as NMA president

Ivy O. Brooks, MD

  • First Black woman to complete training in radiation oncology
  • Chief of radiology at VAMC Tuskegee for 20 years

William E. Allen Jr., MD

  • First African American certified X-ray technician (now radiologic technologist)
  • Established one of the first approved residencies in radiology for underrepresented students

Carl M. Mansfield, MD, FASTRO

Lori Pierce, MD, FASTRO

Iris C. Gibbs, MD, FASTRO


Curtiland Deville, MD

Chelsea Pinnix, MD, PhD

Charles Thomas, MD, FASTRO

Eleanor Walker

Eleanor M. Walker, MD


Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, FASTRO

Robert A. Winn, MD


Edith P. Mitchell, MD

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