Charles R. Drew
Medical Researcher, Surgeon
Charles Drew, Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Charles R. Drew, medical researcher and surgeon, was a pioneer in the preservation of blood. Through his outstanding work on blood plasma, Dr. Drew helped save thousands of lives during World War II. The blood plasma bank he organized became the model for the system used nationwide today by the American Red Cross. In his position as chief surgeon and chief of staff at Freedman’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., Dr. Drew trained many of today’s distinguished black surgeons.
Biography from Black Inventor
The Charles R. Drew Papers, National Library of Medicine
Portraits of a City: The Scurlock Photographic Studio’s Legacy to Washington DC