Eddie Reed, M.D.
Born in Heth, Arkansas, Dr. Eddie Reed was the tenth of eighteen children in his family. He graduated from Hughes High School in 1971, then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1975.
Dr. Reed went on to attend Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) in 1979. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Thereafter, Dr. Reed held many research and clinical positions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute. He was the first African American to serve as Branch Chief at the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Reed was world renowned in the fields of Cancer Pharmacology and Health Disparities. He was awarded Commendation Medals by the U.S. Public Health Services for pioneering work on the use of paclitaxel to treat ovarian cancer. Dr. Reed held four U.S. patents for cancer treatments and tests with the research focus of DNA damage and repair of malignant cells in response to anti-cancer drugs.