UNSUNG HERO – AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSLIM ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON

UNSUNG HERO – AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSLIM ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON

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By Lydia Muhammad

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Allah (Highly praised is He) described the chronological order and phases of growth in Qur’an, Surah 23: 12-14:
12. And certainly did We create man from an extract of clay.
13. Then We placed him as a sperm-drop in a firm lodging.
14. Then We made the sperm-drop into a clinging clot, and We made the clot into a lump [of flesh], and We made [from] the lump, bones, and We covered the bones with flesh; then We developed him into another creation. So blessed is Allah, the best of Creators.


DR. SHARIF ASHANTI ABDUS-SALAAM.

Sharif Ashanti Abdus–Salaam, MD, is from Port Lucie, Florida. He is an orthopaedic surgeon with Memphis Shoulder and Orthopaedic Surgery.

He received his BS in Mechanical engineering from Southern University and A&M College and his medical degree from Howard University.

He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Howard University Hospital and its affiliate hospitals in Washington D.C. and Baltimore Maryland.
He also completed a fellowship in shoulder and upper extremity reconstructive surgery in San Francisco California.

Dr. Abdus-Salaam one of the few orthopaedic surgeons in the United States and the only one in Memphis who routinely performs five different joint replacements (hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, and wrists).

So I asked Sharif how a mechanical engineer becomes an orthopaedic surgeon. He responded by saying that the basic science of orthopaedics is engineering.

It concerns itself with biomechanics, material science and biology. How these disciplines interact is the foundation of orthopaedics and musculoskeletal medicine.

He is one of many African American orthopaedic surgeons who are also graduates of Historic Black Colleges and Universities. He is a huge supporter of HBCU’s... Read Feb. 24, 2017's Issue Here.

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