Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD eleifend

A world-renowned orthopedic surgeon

Dr. White serves as Director of the Culturally Competent Care Education program, the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and former Advisory Dean of the William Augustus Hinton Society, Harvard Medical School.

“Why do we want to correct this unconscionable reality suffered by some of our fellow humans? Because we are a nation and a people with high humanitarian ideals, the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, of the Pledge of Allegiance...of the Gettysburg Address...[and] also enlightened self-interest [considering increased] safety...[reduced] cost...and national success in the global marketplace.” – Seeing Patients

Dr. White is a Bronze Star recipient earned while stationed as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Vietnam. He has focused on the national fight for equality in health care and published the book Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons selected him to receive its Diversity Award in 2006 and its William W. Tipton Jr. Leadership Award in 2010. The 2018 annual issue of The Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School was dedicated to him as a faculty member who had significantly impacted the orthopaedic residency program.


He was a guest speaker for a Black History Month Fireside Chat for the Harvard University Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Dental Medicine in 2019. He spoke at the Feagin Leadership Forum at Duke University in 2019. He presented Grand Rounds in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital.