About Us

The National Medical Association was formed in 1895 at a time when African American physicians were not allowed to join the American Medical Association. The National Medical Association was “Conceived in no spirit of racial exclusiveness, fostering no ethnic antagonism, but born of the exigencies of the American environment, the National Medical Association has for it’s object the banding together for mutual cooperation and helpfulness, the men and women of African descent who are legally and honorably engaged in the practice of medicine…Charles V. Roman, M.D. NMA Founding Member and First Editor of the JNMA 1908.”

The Cook County Physicians Association (CCPA), which is the 105-year-old local society of the National Medical Association was founded in the same American environment in 1911 by Dr. George Cleveland Hall. The state society is the Prairie State Medical Society (PSMS). CCPA and PSMS are in Region IV of NMA.

The Cook County Physicians Association was founded in order to address racial, political and economic problems in the delivery of medical care and education, especially as they impact African Americans. Among the goals of the Cook County Physicians Association is the desire to increase the number of African American physicians, as this is one of the critical issues of this time.

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Our Mission/Goals

  • To sustain the highest standards of the medical profession and medical education;
  • To foster favorable role models for the community;
  • To provide on-going education and mentoring of minority physicians and student physicians;
  • To set standards and guidelines for quality education of minority physicians on all levels by providing consultation to medical school faculties and monitoring for proper utilization and placement of minority physicians;
  • To increase the number of underrepresented minority physicians dedicated to the delivery of health care;
  • To ensure sound health care legislation reflective of African-American and other minority concerns;
  • To work towards universal medical knowledge and universal health coverage by supporting and providing input that relates to an adequate health care system.

Executive Committee

stephen watson
Stephen Watson, MD

CCPA President
Trained at Northwestern University in Ophthalmology

myrtis sullivan
Myrtis Sullivan, MD, MPH

CCPA Immediate Past President
Trained at Cook County Hospital in Pediatrics (General, Ambulatory, and Emergency Pediatrics)

Ebony N Johnson, MD, MHA

CCPA Vice President
Trained at Cook County-Loyola-Provident in Family Medicine

whitney lyn
Whitney Lyn, MD

CCPA Treasurer
Trained at Cook County-Loyola-Provident in Family Medicine

Audrey Tanksley
Audrey Tanksley, MD

CCPA Secretary
Trained at UIC/Advocate Christ Medical Center in Internal Medicine

yvonne collins
Yvonne Collins, MD

NMA Region IV Chair
Trained at at Cook County Hospital in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.

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