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Dr. Accie M. Mitchell began his elementary school education in San Francisco and attended the prestigious Lowell High School, where he was one of four African-American students. His academic strengths were quickly recognized by the teachers and administrators, as was his tenacity and willingness to question the status quo. After graduation, he attended the University of San Francisco and received his Bachelor of Science from San Francisco State University in 1960.
He was accepted into the Howard University College of Medicine and, in August 1961, took the long train ride from California to Washington, DC. As a struggling student he succeeded in overcoming the difficult challenges of financing his education with the most able assistance of Mrs. Runners in Dean Robert Jason’s office.

After graduation from medical school, he returned to California where he completed his internship at Queen of Angels Hospital and his residency at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital under the mentorship of the preeminent Dr. Leroy Weekes, who offered space for him in his medical complex.

Early in his practice, Dr. Mitchell set his sights on a medical office building, the Florence Western Medical Clinic, where he hoped to relocate in the future. In the aftermath of the Watts riots and the flight of the majority population from the inner-city, in 1970, he took a bold step and purchased the building with the hope that his practice would support the acquisition. Today, he is seeing third generation patients at Florence Western Medical Clinic, which serves more than 5,000. Community service and outreach are a major focus of his clinic, where he provides low-cost physical examinations to student athletes and mentors college-bound high school students.

In 1997, he organized Community Family Care, IPA (CFC), an Independent Physicians Association created to ensure that patients in the underserved areas of Los Angeles would continue to have access to quality medical care with the advent of Health Maintenance Organizations. CFC now has over 150 physicians, in all specialties, serving over 15,000 patients in the poorest communities of Los Angeles County.

Dr. Mitchell is a founding member of the National Sickle Cell Disease Research Foundation, and has testified before Congress about the need for research funding. He is a member of the National Medical Association, Los Angeles Urban League and NAACP; a founding member of the Los Angeles Guardsmen; a former board member of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities; and a strong supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.


 

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Class of January 1955