Dr Granville Coggs
Dr. Granville Coggs has set and achieved tremendous goals in his life… .as both a four star general an the battle against breast cancer and as an outstanding athlete. His current goal is to be around long enough to win the gold medal in the over 100 age group at the 2025 Senior Olympics in San Antonio, where he currently lives.
Dr. Coggs is a 1942 graduate of Dunbar High School. After serving three years in the United States Army Air Corps as a Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Coggs attended the University of Nebraska where he was elected to three honor societies – among them Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Lambda Upsilon. Coggs graduated with distinction in the top three percent of his class. Upon completing his undergraduate work Dr. Coggs received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1953. His first medical appointment was as a general diagnostic radiologist in teaching schools in California and Texas. Dr. Coggs was the first black physician and member of the staff at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco and established the first Head Ultrasound Division Department of Radiology at the University of California at San Francisco.
Dr. Coggs is the co-inventor of the Precision Breast Lesion Localizer. The device helps doctors locate breast cancer that can?t be felt. He is also co-inventor of a biopsy system designed to locate suspicious breast lesions with greater precision and accuracy.
Dr. Coggs retired in 1989 as professor of Radiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center. San Antonio, but is not the usual retiree. He continues to work in the areas of radiology as a consultant. His tenor voice can be heard regularly with the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers. And, again, he is an athlete. In April 1999 Dr. Coggs received his third gold medal for the 1500-meter run running the course in seven minutes 11 seconds.