Executive Director

Dr. Randall C. Morgan, Jr.

Dr. Randall C. Morgan, Jr. is an orthopedic surgeon who has achieved a career of excellence in service to his patients, visionary leadership in group medical practice, community and youth mentorship and leadership in several national medical organizations. He presently serves as the Executive Director of the W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association (NMA) Health Institute. He is the founding Executive Director and has served in that position since June 2005. Dr. Morgan also served as the 95th President of the NMA from 1996-1997. He remains engaged in the practice of orthopedic surgery in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL with specialty in Pediatric Orthopedics and Adult Reconstructive Orthopedics.

Dr. Morgan was born in Gary, Indiana and graduated from Roosevelt High School as co-valedictorian in 1961. He then entered Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa and graduated in June 1965 with a B.A. degree in Chemistry.  He began a long career of medicine after being accepted in the class of 1969 at Howard University College of Medicine where he was deeply impacted by the many outstanding members of the faculty who were career role models and are now recognized as icons in the history of African Americans in medicine. 

After graduation from medical school, Dr. Morgan served an internship and an orthopedic surgery residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. There he was recognized as “Resident of the Year” and was also Chief Resident of Orthopedic Surgery. He then served as a Resident physician at the prestigious Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, California and completed his residency in July 1974. Dr. Morgan joined two of his Northwestern faculty members in their private practice in Evanston, IL and became the first African American surgeon on the staff of Evanston Hospital. Due to a serious community need for orthopedic surgeons in his hometown of Gary, Indiana, he chose to return to Gary to practice in September 1975.

Dr. Morgan is a true pioneer in his profession.  He practiced medicine in his hometown of Gary, Indiana for 30 years. He also completed a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1985.

He served as Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Indiana University and as Clinical Associate at Northwestern University during his active practice in Indiana. In order to support his interest in leadership in medicine, he obtained an MBA degree at the University of South Florida in 2001.

  Dr. Morgan has been recognized for his contributions to medicine and society by several institutions. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Managed Care Medicine. He served as Chief of Surgery, Chief of Orthopedics and Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine during his tenure on the staff at The Methodist Hospitals of Gary and Merrillville, Indiana. He served as President of the Indiana Orthopedic Society in 1998-99.

The city of Gary recognized his contributions by electing Dr. Morgan to the Steel City Hall of Fame.  In 2005, Dr. Morgan received the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for National Service and the Joseph Pitts Award for Community Service from the Gary Branch of the NAACP, where he served a Chair of the Life Membership Dinner committee for five years, until 2005.

  Dr. Morgan presently serves as a Life Trustee of Grinnell College and a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana University Foundation. A singular highlight for him was to be a recipient of an honorary degree, Doctor of Science by his alma mater Grinnell College in 1992.

  Dr. Morgan relocated to Florida in April of 2005 where he established a new orthopedic surgery practice and continued to serve all patients including those who are underserved. He is now an associate physician at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, a prestigious specialty practice in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL. He presently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Florida State School of Medicine and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center. It is there that he continues to develop his research interest in health and healthcare disparities and musculoskeletal disparities as well. He has made over 200 scientific presentations and has published many peer reviewed articles and a book chapter in orthopedic surgery, health policy and health disparities.

  He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity in Sarasota. He is also active on the Board of Trustees of the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe in Sarasota, FL.