Savannah Native Recognized as Morehouse School of Medicine Honored by State Medical Association


James F. Densler, M.D.
James F. Densler, M.D.

During its 116th annual Convocation in Hilton Head, S.C. recently, the Georgia State Medical Association (GMSA) honored a nationally recognized a nationally recognized surgeon and two former presidents of Morehouse School of Medicine for their exemplary contributions.

James F. Densler, M.D., Morehouse School of Medicine adjunct clinical associate professor of surgery, received the Distinguished Service Medallion, which is the highest award given by the GMSA.

Densler received national attention when he performed a brilliant operation on a 7 month old infant with the absence of bile ducts. The Atlanta Constitution was so impressed that they called him a “miracle worker” in the May 17, 1974 editorial edition. He served as convention co-chair from 1974-1977 when GMSA did not have an executive director. He also gave numerous scientific presentations to the GMSA quarterly magazine and the Journal of the National Medical Association.

Densler is a native of Savannah, and is an honor graduate of Beach High School and Savannah State College.

Densler is a practicing surgeon and resides in Atlanta.

Also recognized was Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., and David Satcher, M.D., Ph. D. Sullivan received the Distinguished Service Award in appreciation of his outstanding service as Morehouse School of Medicine’s founding dean and president, cabinet member and national medical leader. Sullivan served as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under George H.W. Bush. He is now president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Satcher was recognized for his outstanding contributions as a past president of the Morehouse School of Medicine, former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, 16th surgeon general and a national medical leader. Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) recruits and trains minority and other students as physicians, biomedical scientists and public health professionals committed to improving the health and well-being of communities.

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