Barbadian American doctor to receive CARAH Award

Barbadian American transplant surgeon Dr. Clive Callender will be the recipient of the “Excellence in Medicine Award” at this month’s Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards in Washington, D.C.

Callender Dr CliveOther 2017 CARAH Awards honorees include Dr. Glendon Archer, Dr. Henry Lowe, Jennifer Carroll, Nneka Norville, Karl Racine and Bevil Wooding.

The CARAH Awards celebrate the achievements of outstanding individuals of Caribbean descent who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields of expertise. 

The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will present the awards on Nov. 17 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.

Dr. Callender, whose parents are from Barbados, is professor of surgery at Howard University College of Medicine.


“Dr. Callender has committed his life's work to not only to saving lives and shaping young minds,” Dr. Claire Nelson, founder and president of ICS, the CARAH Awards and White House Champion of Change, stated in a release announcing the event. “He demonstrates that the Caribbean is home to world’s most innovative and best talent and we're honored to celebrate him and his great achievements at this year's CARAH Awards.”

Dr. Callender completed his surgical training at Freedmen's Hospital in 1969 and received transplant surgical training at the University of Minnesota and the University of Pittsburgh. Since returning to Howard University Hospital in 1973, Dr. Callender helped develop the first minority directed dialysis and transplant center and histocompatibility and immunogenetic laboratory in the United States.


In 1991, Dr. Callender conceptualized and founded the National Minority Organ/Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) using the joint Howard University Hospital and Dow Chemical Company efforts that targeted the black community and applying the methodologies to all ethnic minority populations. National MOTTEP is the first national organization to identify a two-fold solution to the donor shortage - disease prevention and increasing donation rates.  

From 1995 until 2008, Dr. Callender served as the chairman of the Department of Surgery and in 1996, he was appointed as the first LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Professor of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine. He has received honorary doctor of science degrees from Hunter College, Meharry Medical College and Howard University in 2014.