Dr. Juanita Carroll Pitts MDs

Dr. Juanita Carroll Pitts MDs

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Dr. Juanita Carroll Pitts, M.D. – 1926-2015
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Dr. Juanita G. Pitts is a native of rmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Englewood High School and Wilson Junior
College of Chicago. She completed studies at Livingstone College in North Carolina with a double major, receiving a B.S. in Chemistry
and Biology. She was a teaching assistant at Tuskegee Institute where she pursued a M.S. in Biochemistry and conducted studies
in Dr. George Washington Carver’s lab. After working as an instructor in biological sciences at Livingstone College, Dr. Pitts
received a fellowship to the Department of Biochemistry at Howard University in Washington, D.C. There she worked at various jobs including lab instructor in neuroanatomy, lab assistant in biochemistry, and departmental secretary for the Department of Microbiology. She completed her medical degree in 1954. Dr. Pitts and Julian O. Carroll, M.D., who also received the medical doctorate from Howard, were married and moved to Rochester. She completed her internship and residency at Highland Hospital and later with her husband, opened a joint practice providing complete family care. Incorporating time for her practice with raising seven children made Dr. Pitts aware of the lack of community day care for working parents. She called upon family members, friends and the community to found the Community Child Care Center. The Center was staffed by professional and paraprofessionals and was financed by family, friends and small businesses and remains in operation. Dr. Pitts was later awarded a Head Start grant to work among migrant children. While attending the University of Rochester to pursue a master’s degree in community health, she also worked for the New York State Department of Mental Health. In subsequent years she organized and executed two projects related to community health: screening for Sickle Cell Anemia along with genetic counseling and screening for hypertension and cardiovascular risk factors. Her program, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, brought the first Mobile Health unit to the city, testing for such risk factors as cholesterol, blood sugar levels and blood pressure and providing EKGs. Dr. Pitts served as a consultant for three years to a Sickle Cell project on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She also continued to make house calls and assisted several other physicians with their private practices. She volunteered for other community concerns and performed physical examinations for the Monroe County Health Department, the Rochester City School District and was Emergency Physician for the Rochester Youth Detention Center. Dr. Pitts’ list of awards and recognitions are numerous and include: the Empire State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs Representative Service Awards; Community Service Award from IBPOE; Named Mother of the Festival by P.A.C.E. (Pan African Cultural Event); Charles T. Lunsford Award for Meritorious Community Service; 1980 Outstanding Community Educator by the Sister Clara Muhammed School; Award for Excellence in Medicine by United Church Ministries; First Black woman with a Practice in Rochester
Community; Delta Dear of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and many, many others…..
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