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Ellis, Cassius Marcellus Clay, III

(born: 1936  -  died: 1997) Cassius M. C. Ellis III was born in Frankfort, KY, the son of Anna Shannon Ellis. He was a surgeon at North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN, serving as director of the residency program. He was the first assistant dean for minority students at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where the Cassius Ellis Resident Teaching Award is named in his honor. He had been the chief of staff at Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis.

Ellis was a member of a number of medical-related organizations and also belonged to the NAACP. He served as president of the Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners in 1990 and was appointed to the board for a four year term by Minnesota Governor Ruby Perpich.

Ellis graduated from Mayo-Underwood High School in 1954 and from Kentucky State College [now Kentucky State University] in 1958, both in Frankfort, and from Meharry Medical College  Nashville, TN in 1962.

Ellis was a captain in the U.S. Army. He was the husband of Phyllis Hannah Ellis, with whom he had four children.

For more see P. Miller, "Dr. Cassius Ellis, minority mentor, dies at age 60," Star Tribune, 5/18/1997, p. 11B; "Cassius M. C. Ellis III, M.D., F.A.C.S." on pp. 918-919 in A Century of Black Surgeons, by C. H. Organ and M. M. Kosiba; and "Dr. Cassius Ellis" in Jet, 4/1/1985, p. 24.

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NKAA Source: Star tribune: newspaper of the twin cities (newspaper)
NKAA Source: A Century of Black surgeons : the U.S.A. experience
NKAA Source: Jet (periodical)

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