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The M. Delmar Edwards, M.D. Portrait and Scholarship Fund

Opening Doors for Minority Physicians

As the first African American surgeon in Columbus, Dr. Delmar Edwards paved the way for physicians serving our community today. He was a man of courage and commitment  who established a surgical practice in Columbus at a time when racial discrimination and segregation presented nearly overwhelming odds. Yet he persevered, and our community is a better place because a young surgeon from Arkansas chose to settle in Columbus to practice medicine and build his family.

With his passing in 2009, Columbus lost a pioneer – a gentle but determined trail-blazer who opened doors for dozens of minority physicians who followed. Today, you have an opportunity to honor him at The Medical Center in Columbus and at his beloved Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta by contributing to the M. Delmar Edwards, M.D. Portrait and Scholarship Fund.

Donations to the fund will be used to commission a formal portrait of Dr. Edwards by internationally acclaimed South Carolina artist Tarleton Blackwell. It will be displayed in The Medical Center, alongside portraits of other renowned physicians, nurses and medical leaders from our community. The portrait of Dr. Edwards, prominently displayed, will honor his memory and will inspire others to pursue their dreams, even in the face of adversity. Donations also will support a Medicine Scholarship named in his honor.

Dr. Edwards touched thousands of lives during his distinguished career in Columbus. He loved his adopted home and its residents. He mentored, influenced and inspired generations, and his legacy will live on for future generations through your contributions to the M. Delmar Edwards, M.D. Portrait and Scholarship Fund.

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As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.