About Us


The Manhattan Central Medical Society (MCMS) was chartered in 1935 in Manhattan, New York. As a local affiliate of the National Medical Association, MCMS promotes the collective interests of physicians, primarily in practice in Manhattan, New York and patients of African descent that we serve. We carry out this mission by serving as the collective voice of physicians in Manhattan, New York of African descent and a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health.

Did you know? The year 2020 is the 90th year anniversary of MCMS which was founded by Dr. Louis Wright in 1930. Dr. Wright graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 1911 and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1915, finishing fourth in his class was the first African American on the surgical staff of Harlem Hospital. He was known for his research as well as his work as a civil rights activist who pushed for racial equality in medicine. He served as Chairman of the NAACP for almost 20 years.


Get to know our founder... Dr. Louis T. Wright Louis Tompkins Wright, 1891-1952, A.B., 1911, Clark University, Atlanta; M.D., 1915, Harvard; established a general practice in Atlanta in 1916, and after serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in France, 1917-1919, had a private surgical practice in New York City from 1919 to 1952. He was the first black appointed to the staff of a New York hospital, the Harlem Hospital in 1919, and later served as surgical director, 1943-1952, and president of the Board of Medical Staff, 1948-1952. Wright was also the first black to hold the position of police surgeon in a major U.S. city (N.Y. City Police Dept., 1929-1952), and among his accomplishments in research, Wright pioneered the use of aureomycin in humans in 1948.

To learn more about Dr. Wright’s legacy, visit this article celebrating his life.


National Medical Association

National Parent Organization of MCMS

New York Empire State Medical Association

The New York affiliate of the NMA

Student National Medical Society

Affiliate of the NMA for Students

Susan Smith McKinney Steward Medical Society

Local affiliate of the NMA


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