ASA G YANCEY - 1916 -
Remembering Asa G Yancey
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Surgeon, professor, medical director, and contributor to community service,
Asa G. Yancey Sr., M.D., passed away on Sunday, March 10 at age 97.
Born in Atlanta, Yancey received his B.S. degree from Morehouse College in
1937 and his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1941.
Yancey's career reached the heights of service as medical director at Grady
Hospital and professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, where
he established the first accredited general surgery training program for Black
Yancey has contributed numerous articles to the academic surgical community,
and he has been recognized with many awards.
His articles explored issues of medical care, health care, and poverty
including "Medical Education in Atlanta and Health Care of Black Minority and
Low Income People," and "The Challenge of Providing Health Care for the Poor:
Public Hospital Perspective." His book Portrayal of a Lifespan describes life as
it was for him in the 21st Century.
Yancey received the Bennie Service Award in 1990 and he received an Honorary
Doctor of Science from Morehouse College and Howard University. The Society of
Black Academic Surgeons established a lectureship in the name of Asa G. Yancey
Sr., M.D. The Emory University Health System recognized his professional
contributions over the years by naming a healthcare facility, The Asa G. Yancey
Health Clinic, in northwest Atlanta.
Yancey was married to the late Carolyn "Marge" E. Dunbar, and they have four
children: Arthur H. Yancey II, M.D.; Carolyn L. Yancey, M.D.; Caren L.
Yancey-Covington (deceased); and Asa G. Yancey Jr., M.D.
The wake will be held Friday, March 15, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Murray
Brothers Funeral Home, 1199 Utoy Springs Rd, S.W., in Atlanta. The telephone
The funeral will be held Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. at Friendship Baptist
Church, located at 437 Mitchell Street, SW., in Atlanta.
Asa's wife - Carolyn Dunbar Yancey
First African American Doctor at Grady Memorial Hospital
A native of Atlanta, Asa Yancey was the first African American faculty
member in the School of Medicine. He joined the school's faculty in 1964. He
also held the distinction of being Grady Memorial Hospital's first African
At Grady, he was medical director of what is now Hughes Spalding Children's
Hospital, and he also developed the first surgical residency program for
African American physicians in the state of Georgia.
The Asa G. Yancey Health Center, part of the Grady Healthcare System,
honors him and is located in northwest Atlanta.
Aas's father - Arthur H Yancey - early postal carrier
and Author of a biographical work of interest.
The above from " Born to Rebel: An Autobiography" by
Benjamin E. Mays
Jet Magazine - Oct 29 1964
Asa G Yancey was the doctor of Martin Luther King
Asa G Yancey Jr.