Dr. Sandra L. Gadson, M.D.
International President, Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society
Dr. Sandra L. Gadson, M.D. is the International President of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
A native of White Plains, New York, Dr. Gadson is a lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion, she grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina in Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. She is a member of Martin Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Chicago, Illinois. At her local church she is a member of the Lay Council and Founder of the Spoonful of Hope Community Kitchen. She is the past Vice President Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society and past Superintendent of the Buds of Promise, served as treasurer and chairperson Trustee Board and Chairperson Leaders Division of the Lifestyle Stewardship Campaign. On the Chicago District she is District Superintendent of Buds of Promise, and past District President Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society. In August of 1999, Dr. Gadson was elected Second Vice President of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society of African Methodist. Episcopal Zion Church and holds the distinct of being the first Dean for a Leadership Training Institute in Nigeria and Ghana. She resides in Flossmoor, Illinois, where she is actively engaged in several civic endeavors.
A practicing Nephrologist in Gary, Indiana, is the Immediate Past President of the National Medical Association. Dr. Gadson completed her term as the 106th President in August of 2006. Her career in medicine reflects years of distinguished service at the local, state, and national level to eliminate healthcare disparities and increase parity in medicine, especially in the area of kidney disease.
Dr. Gadson is Co-Chair of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities, an organization comprised of clinicians, public health experts, and researchers representing 58 medical specialties and affiliated organizations. She also is the founding chair of the National Medical Association’s Pay for Performance Task Force which is dedicated to ensuring that the quality movement does not worsen health disparities. Dr. Gadson founded the first free-standing dialysis center in Northern Indiana and was the first provider of dialysis services in the City of Gary where she is Co-Medical Director of the Northwest Indiana Dialysis Center.
Her past experiences include positions as Vice President for Diagnostics and Therapeutic Services at the Methodist Hospitals, Inc. in Gary and Merrillville, Indiana; Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Indiana University, Northwest Campus; and a faculty appointment in Family Practice. At the Methodist Hospital, Dr. Gadson chaired the Diagnostic and Therapeutics Committee, the Medical Council, and in 1994 became president of the medical staff, the first woman ever elected to that position in the history of the hospital. She has authored peer-reviewed articles for the American Journal of Nephrology and other medical publications.
Dr. Gadson has a long and distinguished record of service with the National Medical Association. Before ascending to the presidency, she served as president of the Northwest Indiana Chapter; Hoosier State President; Regional Chair of the NMA; a Trustee from 1994-2002; and Secretary of the Board for two terms. In 1996, the Northwest Indiana Chapter named Dr. Gadson “Physician of the Year.”. In 2006, Ebony listed her as one of the 100 most influential African Americans in America.
She earned an undergraduate degree from Hampton University, and her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.
Dr. Gadson holds memberships in several organizations, including the National Kidney Foundation, American Society of Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology, Lake County Medical Society, Indiana State Medical Association, and American Medical Association. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and a Life Member of the National Council of Negro Women and NAACP.