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Remembering Helen E. Nash, MD

Helen E. Nash, MD broke down racial barriers when she became one of the first African American doctors to join the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine. In 1949, Nash along with Julian Owen Blache, MD, George A. Galkins, MD, and Edward B. Williams, Jr., MD were appointed to the teaching faculty at the medical school. James Whittico, MD also became a member of the staff with a fellowship in the Department of Surgery.

Helen Nash, examining a young patient, ca. 1990.

Nash graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville in 1945. Internships and residency opportunities were limited for non-white medical school graduates at that time. Homer G. Philips Hospital, opened in 1937 as a segregated hospital in St. Louis, was one of the few hospitals nationwide offering post-graduate training and clinical experience to African American doctors. Nash began her internship there in 1945, followed by a three-year residency in pediatrics.

Helen Nash with patients at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, late 1940's.

As a pediatrician, Nash became a member of the house staff of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. For more than 40 years she served on the clinical faculty of the medical school and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital while maintaining a thriving private practice at Grand Boulevard and Cass Avenue. An early specialist in the care of premature infants, she helped design the first "premie" wards at Homer G. Phillips Hospital and at Children’s Hospital. She retired from medical practice in 1993 as Professor Emerita in Clinical Pediatrics and became Dean of Minority Affairs at the medical school. She died on October 4th, 2012 at the age of 91.

The Washington University School of Medicine continues to honor her every year by awarding the Dr. Helen E. Nash Academic Achievement Award to a medical student who exhibits outstanding qualities of perseverance, determination, and enthusiasm.

For more information on Dr. Nash, see her biography in the Bernard Becker Medical Library's exhibit on Missouri Women in the Health Sciences.

Dr. Nash also provided an oral history for future generations to learn of her experiences.

Additional photos of Dr. Nash can be found at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Image Gallery.


February is African American History Month. It was created in 1976 as an opportunity for the nation to honor generations of African Americans, not only for their struggle to achieve full citizenship, but also for their great contributions in every area of American society.

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