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About Us

Both the discovery of the x-ray and the founding of the National Medical Association (NMA) occurred in 1895. Radiologists have participated importantly in the NMA since the lecture of Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland at the 1909 Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, which led to his election as president of the NMA for the following year. The Section on Radiology was founded in 1949 with Dr. William Allen as its first Section Chair.

Serving as an educational source for its members, the National Medical Association attracts a national and international audience of more than 3,000 predominately African American physicians to its annual convention. The Section on Radiology/Radiation Oncology of the NMA aligns its goals with the mission of the parent organization to eliminate healthcare disparities, while improving the overall health of our communities. By providing a comprehensive CME program on the latest imaging and radiation oncology technology, we ensure that physicians engage in continual learning and by doing so patients receive the most appropriate care.

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Meet The Team



Melissa A. Davis, MD, MBA

Associate Professor

Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging,

Yale University, New Haven CT


Vice/Program Chair

Curtiland Deville, MD

Associate Professor and Clinical Director

Sibley Radiation Oncology

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

5255 Loughboro Road, NW

Washington, DC 20016



Michele H. Johnson, MD,FACR, FASAR


Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Neurosurgery,

Yale University, New Haven CT 



Virginia Joy Simmons, MD

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

1505 N. Edgemont Street

Los Angeles, California 90027


Immediate Past Chair

Derek West, MD

Emory University School of Medicine

1364 Clifton Road, NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30322


Section Administrator

Tonya J. Greene

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

160 E. Parkdale Dr, 105B

San Bernardino, CA 92404


  • Kathy Brown, MD, FACR Past-Chair, Minutes Committee

  • Karen Cole, MD Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Parliamentarian, Minutes Committee

  • Nannette Debruhl, MD Membership Committee

  • Iris Gibbs, MD, FACR, FASTRO Past-Chair, Minutes Committee, Website Committee

  • Shearwood McClelland, MD Research Committee

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