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Louisiana's Black Physicians (1984)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-02-05

Duration: 00:27:15

Subjects: African American physicians | Women physicians | Health Care | Flint-Goodridge Hospital (New Orleans, La.) | Medicine


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Thomas, George Interviewee
  • Jones, Stella Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from February 5, 1984, focuses on black physicians in Louisiana. Genevieve Stewart and Rob Hinton first report on the African American pioneers in medicine. Next, Hinton interviews Dr. George Thomas, the medical director of Flint-Goodridge Hospital in New Orleans, who discusses the work of the Louisiana Medical Association, the shortage of black doctors, and the training of black doctors. Stewart then interviews Dr. Stella Jones, an OB/GYN in New Orleans, who discusses her early struggles, caring for her patients, and balancing life as a wife, mother, and physician. Lastly, Hinton gives an update on the status of Flint-Goodridge Hospital, which was sold from Dillard University to National Medical Enterprises in 1983.