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Dr. Morgan

Randall C. Morgan, M.D., FAAOS, MBA

Dr. Randall C. Morgan, Jr. is an orthopedic surgeon who has achieved a career of excellence in service to his patients, visionary leadership in group medical practice, community and youth mentorship and leadership in serveral national medical organizations.  He presently serves as the Executive Director of the W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association (NMA) Health Institute. He remains engaged in the practice of orthopedic surgery in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. Dr. Morgan served as the 95th President of the NMA from 1996-1997.

Dr. Morgan was born in Gary, Indiana, October 3, 1943 to Joyce Tatum Morgan and Randall C. Morgan Sr. He was actively engaged in scholarship, scouting, music and varsity athletics during his childhood. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana as co-valedictorian in 1961. He then entered Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa and graduated in June 1965 with a B.A. degree in Chemistry. He began a long career of medicine after being accepted in the class of 1969 at Howard University College of Medicine where he was deeply impacted by the many outstanding members of the faculty who were career role models and are now recognized as icons in the history of African Americans in medicine.

After graduation from medical school, Dr. Morgan served an internship and an orthopedic surgery residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. There he was recognized as "Resident of the Year" and was also Chief Resident of Orthopedic Surgery. He then served as a Resident physician at the prestigious Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, California and completed his residency in July 1974. Dr. Morgan joined two of his Northwestern faculty members in their private practice in Evanston, IL and became the first African American surgeon on the staff of Evanston Hospital. Due to a serious community need for orthopedic surgeons in his hometown of Gary, Indiana, he chose to return to Gary to practice in September 1975.

Dr. Morgan is a true pioneer in his profession. He practiced medicine in his hometown of Gary, Indiana for 30 years. With the assistance of his father, Dr. Randall Morgan Sr., he founded The Orthopedic Centers of Northwestern Indiana and served as its president from 1975 until 1995 when it merged with the Indiana Hand Center of Indianapolis, IN. The practice has the largest number of African American orthopedic surgeons of any practice in the United States at the time. He also completed a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in 1985. He served as Assisant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Indiana University and as Clinical Associate at Northwestern University during his active practice in Indiana. In order to support his interest in leadership in medicine, he obtained an MBA degree at the University of South Florida in 2001.

Dr. Morgan has been recognized for his contributions to medicine and society by several institutions. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Managed Care Medicine. He served as Chief of surgery, Chief of Orthopedics and Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine during his tenure on the staff at The Methodist Hospitals of Gary and Merrillville, Indiana.

He was named the "Physician of the Year" by the National Medical Association, northwest Indiana Chapter in 1986 and was President of the Indiana Orthopedic Society in 1998-1999. he was awarded the Distinguished Ciation by the national sorority Phi Delta Kappa Inc. The city of Gary recognized his contributions by electing Dr. Morgan to the Steel City Hall of Fame. In 2005, Dr. Morgan received the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for National Service and the Joseph Pitts Award for Community Service form the Gary Branch of the NAACP, where he served a Chair of the Life Membership Dinner committee for five years, until 2005.

Dr. Morgan presently serves as a Life Trustee of Grinnell College and a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana University Foundation. A singular highlight for him was to be a recipient of an honorary degree, Doctor of Science by his alma mater Grinnell College in 1992.

He has served the National Medical Association in many capacities before and after the Presidency and since June 2005, has served with dedication as the first Executive Direcotr of the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute, named for one of his Howard University Medical School faculty members and mentors.

Dr. Morgan relocated to Florida in April of 2005 where he established a new orthopedic surgery practice and continued to serve all patients including those who are underserved. He is now a partner with Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, a prestigious specialty practice in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL. He presently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Othopedic Surgery at Florida State School of Medicine and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Communtiy Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center. It is there that he continues to develop his research interest in health and healthcare disparities and musculoskeletal disparities as well. He has made over 200 scientific presentations and has published many perr reviewed articles and a book chapter in orthopedic surgery, health policy and health disparities. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity in Sarasota.

He and his wife Karen J. Morgan reside in Bradenton, FL and have three adult daughters, Dr. Sharon Robinson of Evanston, IL., Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts of Atlanta, GA and Ms. Carlam. Green of Chicago, IL. The Morgan have five energetic grandchildren who keep them active with love and mentoring.