175 Makers of History: Hamilton Earl Holmes

Hamilton Earl Holmes 67M
First African American to Attend the School of Medicine

Hamilton Earl Holmes

Hamilton Earl Holmes is best known for being one of the first two African American students to attend the University of Georgia. Holmes also was the first African American student at Emory's School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Emory and then joined the faculty as assistant professor in the orthopaedic division of the Department of Surgery.

He later became chief of orthopaedics at what is now the VA Medical Center and then went into private practice.

In 1989, he was named medical director at Grady Hospital, a position he held until February 1995, when he became chief of orthopaedic surgery at Grady and associate dean at Emory.