Sadye B. Curry, M.D. Dr. Curry , an Associate Professor of Medicine Emeriti of Howard University received the Bachelor of Science Degree cum laude, from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina and the Doctor of Medicine Degree from Howard University College of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine internship,
1967-68, at Duke University Medical Center and affiliated hospitals, Durham, North Carolina and a residency in internal medicine 1968-69, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Washington, D.C. She became the first African American to train in the in gastroenterology fellowship program at Duke University in 1969. She also served as an instructor in medicine at Duke University from 1969-72 and as medical consultant at the Lincoln Hospital of Durham, N.C.
Dr. Curry joined the faculty of Howard University College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 1972. She has served as Assistant Chief of Medicine of the Howard University Medical Service, District of Columbia General Hospital; and as Assistant Chief of Medicine In-Charge of Undergraduate Medical Education at the Howard University College of Medicine. The awards she has received include the Howard University Kaiser Permanente Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Student Council Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Howard University American Medical Women’s Association Woman of the Year Award.
Dr. Curry has served on prestigious national committees such as the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Arthritis, Metabolic and Digestive Diseases Training Grants Committee, and the Food and Drug Administration’s Gastrointestinal Drug Advisory Committee. She participated in President Jimmy Carter’s Friendship Force program, serving as a goodwill ambassador to West Berlin. She was selected for the first edition of Who’s Who among Black Americans and is included in the recent National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Honoring the Lives and Achievements of Outstanding American Women Physicians.
Dr. Curry is a founding member and former President of the Leondias Berry Society for Digestive Diseases, a national society of predominately, African American gastroenterologists, general surgeons and basic scientists. She has been active in the National Medical Association since 1973, serving as chair of the gastroenterology subspecialty section from 1985-1993, and co chair of the section from 1994-2009. In addition, she served as chair of the National Medical Association’s Internal Medicine Section from 2000-2001, and was selected by the section to be the Distinguished Internist of the year at the 20002 National Medical Association Convention and Scientific Assembly in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was elected to the NMA Board of Trustees in 2007 and is currently serving as Chair of the Educational Affairs Committee.
Dr. Curry is presently serving as the President of the Medico- Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia, the local affiliate of the National medical Association. She is the first African American female gastroenterologist in the United States of America.