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Release Date: Friday, November 15, 2013 2:30 PM
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Dr. Cornwell Named Secretary of the American College of Surgeons
Dr. Edward E. Cornwell

WASHINGTON (October 30, 2013) – Dr. Edward E. Cornwell, III, professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine, was named the secretary of the American College of Surgeons in October.

Dr. Cornwell, a renowned trauma surgeon, author and community activist, has devoted his career to work in urban communities and to the special health care needs of African-American males, who are disproportionately affected by gun violence. His work in the operating room and his outreach to Black males has been featured in Black Enterprise magazine and by ABC News.

He is part of a long line of Cornwells who attended Howard, including his late father Edward Cornwell II, M.D., a surgeon and faculty member in the College of Medicine. Dr. Cornwell was born at Freedmen's Hospital, the forerunner of Howard University Hospital. He earned a medical degree from the Howard University School of Medicine, graduated with honors and served as class president in1982.

On Oct. 21, the College of Medicine honored Dr. Cornwell’s recent ACS achievement in a ceremony attended by surgical residency students, doctors and staff from the College and Howard University Hospital. In remarks, Dr. Cornwell spoke about the need for positive role models.

“I have been blessed with an embarrassment of riches in terms of role models, training and life experiences,” Dr. Cornwell said. “Howard University is forging a path of unsurpassed excellence in the management of surgical diseases that disproportionately affect underserved populations.”

Other speakers included College of Medicine Dean, Dr. Mark S. Johnson; Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery; and Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, interim president of Howard University, who said Dr. Cornwell exemplified the pursuit of excellence.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), founded in 1913, celebrates the centennial of its founding this year. ACS is a scientific and educational association made up exclusively of surgeons. It is dedicated to promoting the ethical and competent practice of surgery combined with high quality care for the surgical patient. ACS’s educational programs are designed primarily to help surgeons render the best patient care possible. Even more than earning board certification in one’s specialty, being admitted into the fellowship in the College attests to a high level of training, professional competence, and ethical conduct.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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