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UMC Physician Retires after 39 Years of Service

After 39 years of leadership service at United Medical Center [UMC] and its predecessor, Greater Southeast Community Hospital, the highly-respected Dr. David Reagin recently retired, effective September 30th.

Dr. Reagin has been a senior member of the United Medical Center Medical staff, has served as chair and as a member of numerous committees and became head of the hospital’s Department of Pathology in 1982.

“When I started off with Greater Southeast Community Hospital, things were great. And then the hospital fell on hard times. The hospital was teetering on being closed and we worked hard to keep it open,” Dr. Reagin said.

“I stayed and stayed, because I thought I was contributing something. And we made it through the difficult times – sometimes borrowing supplies to keep the Department going,” he added.

Meanwhile, as director of the Department of Pathology at the hospital, he made sure it never lost its accreditation, even with the temporary suspension of the hospital’s accreditation. Overcoming these and other setbacks, the hospital’s Department of Pathology provides clinical services for outpatient and inpatients and continues to be accredited by the College of American Pathologists.

Born and raised in Selma, Dr. Reagin grew up experiencing firsthand the hard Jim Crow rules of segregation. But with many role models in his life, including his mother, a school teacher, and his father, a postman, and Dr. Marion Mann, who became dean of the Howard University College of Medicine, he learned that he could realize his dreams despite prejudice and racism.

Dr. Reagin matriculated at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., where he studied premed coursework and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. In those days, the University of Pittsburgh Medical School would send recruiters to Geneva College looking for talented students, but they refused to talk to him. The U.S. Navy also sent recruiters but when he approached them, they walked away. Fortunately, the Howard University College of Medicine welcomed him with open arms where he would earn the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1969.

After completing an internship at Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center in Chicago and residencies at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, Temple University Hospital and the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, he took advantage of other opportunities before first joining Greater Southeast Community Hospital in 1977. He also held positions at Hadley Memorial Hospital, Fort Washington Medical Center and Parkwood Hospital.

Dr. Reagin also shared his knowledge with young, medical students, serving as a professor at the Chicago Medical School, Washington University in St. Louis and Howard University.

And while he’s officially retired and plans to travel the world while spending a lot more time with his wife, he still maintains an office at UMC.

“I’m available to come in and help out whenever there’s a need,” he said.

United Medical Center, an acute care hospital located in Southeast (1310 Southern Ave. SE), offers community-based professional healthcare services to the residents of Ward 7, Ward 8 and bordering Prince George’s County communities. In the past 12 months, the hospital has hired 24 new physicians including primary care doctors, cardiologists and other specialists. The hospital also continues to enhance the technologies that are used to help diagnose and treat illnesses. For more information about UMC, go to www.united-medicalcenter.com

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