Local doctor blazed many trails for African-American women

2014-01-17T19:10:00Z 2014-01-17T19:19:11Z Local doctor blazed many trails for African-American womenDiane Poulton Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 17, 2014 7:10 pm  • 

GARY | Dr. Deborah L. McCullough has blazed many trails for African-American women during her life.

She has the distinction of being the first African-American female to graduate from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

McCullough also was the first African-American female to complete an ObGyn residency at Cook County Hospital and the first to establish a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Northwest Indiana.

Having received many accolades during her outstanding career, McCullough said she is proudest of her role in raising her son who is a student majoring in accounting and business management at Tennessee State in Nashville.

Her proudest career accomplishment, McCullough said, is completing medical school, which has enriched her life and enabled her to do the things she loves. For that, McCullough credits a family legacy passed down to her by her parents, both of whom were educators.

“They were always saying to me ‘there is nothing out there that you can’t do,’” McCullough said. “They showed me how to step ahead, not look back and keep going. We had many experiences as far as traveling and that really opens you up because it gives you more self-confidence.”

A Roosevelt High School graduate and honor student, McCullough began her Lunch with a Doc series in 2000.

“I love Lunch with a Doc and I look forward to doing that every month, presenting information that is educational on health, on life’s resources and on government resources that people don’t know are available or just playing the little games that we do,” McCullough said.

“Making people happy that is what life is about — service and giving to others and sharing what you have experienced.”

McCullough said faith is an important motivating factor in her life.

“Without faith you have no future; you have no promise; you have no positiveness,” McCullough said.

McCullough established the Renaissance Women’s Center in Merrillville as a resource providing comprehensive information and assistance for complete health care. Lessons are provided on weight management and caring for oneself and one’s children after child birth.

Not only has she served as a guest lecturer in local schools, community organizations and the YWCA, McCullough has lectured in countries around the world promoting self-confidence and self-worth in young women.

McCullough said she is both surprised and humbled to have been nominated for the Gary Frontiers Service Club's Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major award among such inspiring people.

“They have really done quite a bit in the city with their different organizations, trying to educate and inform the people as to what is going on in their city,” McCullough said.

Performing multiple surgeries in East African bush country, McCullough has been the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards. She serves on the executive board of the Indiana Department of Health.

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