About Us


To advance the art and science of medicine for people of African descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician viability.

If you are interested in joining our organization, we have the following committees available to join.

  • Community Service
  • Program
  • Membership

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Dr. Charles Victor Roman, born 1864 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, sustained a traumatic injury to his knee, requiring amputation in childhood. He persevered, however, going on to complete an undergraduate degree at Hamilton Collegiate Institute in Ontario and further to complete his medical education at Meharry Medical College in 1890. He also completed a Masters of Arts in Philosophy and History the same year from Fisk University. His postgraduate training was at the Medical School of Chicago in 1899, the Royal Ophthalmic Hospital, and Central London Nose, Throat, and Ear Hospital in England in 1904. He established a medical practice in Dallas,Texas where he flourished for 11 years until returning to Meharry Medical College as a professor of ear, nose, and throat diseases.

The National Medical Association (NMA) was formed in 1895 out of a need to foster scholarly intellect amongst African American medical professionals at a time when African American physicians were denied access to such organizations as the American Medical Association. Dr. C. V. Roman, serving as fifth national president, was instrumental in establishing the solid foundation for which the NMA now stands.

The C.V. Roman Medical Society, the local Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the NMA, was formed in the early 1950s, named in honor of an inspirational local physician who impacted the Dallas community of his time by providing access and adequate healthcare for the African American community in this area.

Executive Committee Officers 2015-2016

Wendy Parnell,MD-President
Dornechia Carter,MD- Vice President
Melanie Hafford,MD- Treasurer
Selika Owens,MD- Secretary
Cheryl Harth, MD- Historian

Contact Information

Society Administrator
Greta Epps
Phone: 214-648-2584
E-mail: nma.dfw@gmail.com
Executive Director: Derek Lewis