The pioneering physician recalls the summer of 1964, the support of his colleagues and the challenges he faced
“Our patients live with a disease they don’t get help for out of fear of blame. It’s important for me to say, ‘I’m living with the same thing, and I’m not ashamed.’”
“I began to realize that people aren’t homeless just because they lack housing.”
In 1964, with little fanfare, Harold Jordan, M.D., became the first African-American resident physician at Vanderbilt. Looking back to that time, he recalls the support of his colleagues and the challenges he faced.