Southaven Gastroenterologist

February 2024 Newsletter

In this month’s newsletter, we’re proud to honor Black History Month by spotlighting the remarkable career of Dr. Leonidas Berry, a pioneering gastroenterologist whose contributions to medicine continue to inspire.

Dr. Leonidas H. Berry (1902-1995) broke barriers as the first black intern at Cook County Hospital. His legacy includes the development of the Eder-Berry gastrobiopsy-scope in 1955 and numerous accolades, such as the National Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Though he passed away at 93, Dr. Berry’s impact remains profound.

As we raise awareness for American Heart Month, we emphasize the importance of recognizing heart disease as the leading cause of death in the US. Understanding risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking is crucial, as is knowing the signs of a heart attack and seeking prompt medical attention if needed.

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