Natalia M. Tanner

By; Lareisha Shepherd

About Her

  • Natalia Tanner was born in Jackson, Mississippi on June 28, 1922.
  • The first African-American Pediatrician in medicine.
  • Moved to Chicago, where her father establish a medical practice.
  • Grew up in a high middle class home.

Education

  • Graduated from Englewood High School in 1939.
  • She attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee for 2 years.
  • Transfer to the advance pre-medicine program at the University of Chicago.
  • Lastly, she attended Meharry Medical College in Nashville, where she earned her medical degree in 1946.

Accolades

  • In 1946 Dr. Natalia Tanner was the first African American to be accepted into the residency program at the University of Chicago.
  • In 1951 Dr. Natalia Tanner was the first African American fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Dr. Natalia Tanner was the first African American board certified pediatrician in Detroit, Michigan.
  • In 1952 Dr. Natalia Tanner was the first African American on the staff of Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.
  • In 1983 Dr. Natalia Tanner was the first woman and African American to serve as president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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