175 Makers of History: Asa Yancey

Asa Yancey
First African American Doctor at Grady Memorial Hospital

Asa Yancey

A native of Atlanta, Asa Yancey was the first African American faculty member in the School of Medicine. He joined the school's faculty in 1964. He also held the distinction of being Grady Memorial Hospital's first African American doctor.

At Grady, he was medical director of what is now Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital, and he also developed the first surgical residency program for African American physicians in the state of Georgia.

The Asa G. Yancey Health Center, part of the Grady Healthcare System, honors him and is located in northwest Atlanta.