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In Memoriam
James W. Reed, MD, MACP, FACE, FASH


“I’d just like to think that the people that I have had a hand in training
will help make medicine better, not just in this country, but around the world.”
- Dr. James W. Reed, “A Lasting Legacy,” Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine

The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) is deeply saddened to report the passing of Dr. James W. Reed. He was a Professor Emeritus, Chief of Endocrinology & Metabolism and Associate Chair of Medicine for Research at Morehouse School of Medicine. He died at the age of 87 on January 11, 2020.

Dr. Reed was an internationally renowned expert on hypertension and diabetes, who had traveled to conferences and lectures “on every continent except Antartica.” He achieved a Master of the American College of Physicians designation and received lifetime achievement awards from both the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC) and the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB), an organization in which Dr. Reed served as president for five years. He was also active with the National Medical Association’s Internal Medicine Endocrinology Section and has worked closely with many ABC members on research projects.

ABC Founder Dr. Richard Allen Williams, FACC, FAHA, FACP stated, “Dr. James W. Reed's passing is saddening, but when I think of the outstanding accomplishments that this true intellectual made during his remarkable career, my heart becomes uplifted. He did so much for so many, including saving me from contracting malaria during a visit with ISHIB to Kenya in 1980. He was an avid supporter of ABC and NMA, and as the Founder of the former and past President of the latter, I have a special reason to mourn his loss. We need more leaders like Jim Reed, a paragon of excellence in medicine and healthcare.”

Perhaps his most lasting legacy will be his founding of two internal medical residency programs and the lectureship named in his honor at Morehouse School of Medicine.

As stated on behalf of Morehouse School of Medicine’s President and Dean, Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD: “James Reed, M.D. mentored and trained numerous young individuals at the Morehouse School of Medicine over the course of his career. He connected with colleagues and communities worldwide. He touched the lives of many patients and endeavored to continuously improve the practice of medicine.”

Dr. Keith C. Ferdinand, FACC, FAHA, FASH, FNLA stated, “Dr. Reed was a quiet warrior for justice and health equity. His contributions will be forever appreciated by those who knew him and benefited by many who did not personally experience his insights and warmth directly."

Dr. Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, FACC stated, “Dr. Reed was outspoken in his advocacy for health justice and the training of young physicians. He was tireless in taking on numerous leadership roles in education, patient care and administration at Morehouse School of Medicine. His deep commitment and leadership was contagious. His legacy will live on. We will miss him dearly.”

In memory of Dr. Reed, donations can be made to the James Reed Legacy of Love American Kidney Fund.

The ABC expresses its deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Rest in Peace! To learn more about Dr. Reed’s legacy and the funeral arrangements, click here.


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