A Salute to African Americans in Medicine Honoree
Dr. Harry Marshall, Chief of General Surgery and Director of Surgical Critical Care at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been selected by the National Medical Association, in conjunction with the Harlem Fine Arts Show, as an honoree for the Salute to African Americans in Medicine.
The award was created to recognize those with outstanding medical talent as well as those having a positive impact on the African American community. The award will be presented June 14, 2018, in Washington, D.C. as part of the Harlem Fine Arts Show’s opening night ceremony. The theme of this year’s annual multi-city tour, “The Health and Healing Power of Art”, showcases African Americans in the medical field and raises awareness of medicine as a career choice for young people.
Dr. Marshall is a U.S. Army Veteran (30 years) who served three tours in Iraq as an Acute Care and Trauma Surgeon. He served as a flight surgeon and a general surgeon at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) in Korea. In addition, he participated in multiple Medical Readiness Training Exercises in Central America, the Caribbean and South Africa. “My love for medicine comes from serving those who need it most, and then serving those who have served us makes it even better,” Dr. Marshall said.
A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Marshall received his Bachelor of Science degree from Morehouse College and his Medical degree from Howard University’s College of Medicine in 1984. His military career was inspired by his father, a retired Colonel. After some “gentle nudges” to join the ROTC program, Dr. Marshall reluctantly did so, only to realize his true love for the military and those who serve. Dr. Marshall continues his military service today as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
Board-certified in general surgery, trauma and critical care, Dr. Marshall has also practiced surgery at Georgetown University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
No matter where his career takes him, he admits that his current position at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center is his dream job. “The bond between Veterans transcends all socioeconomic, ethnic and racial barriers.
His deep respect for his fellow service members and Veterans is evident in all that he does. He is often spotted making rounds from room-to-room, engaging Veterans and their families. He exemplifies the core values of the Department of Veterans Affairs: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence.