About the NMA

The NMA promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. We carry out this mission by serving as the collective voice of physicians of African descent and a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health.

Historical Manifesto

“Conceived in no spirit of racial exclusiveness, fostering no ethnic antagonism, but born of the exigencies of the American environment, the National Medical Association has for its object the banding together for mutual cooperation and helpfulness, the men and women of African descent who are legally and honorably engaged in the practice of the cognate professions of medicine, surgery, pharmacy and dentistry.”—C.V. Roman, M.D. NMA Founding Member and First Editor of the JNMA 1908

Vision Statement

The conscience of society for quality and parity healthcare.

Mission Statement

To advance the art and science of medicine for people of African descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician viability.

Positional Statement

This national professional and scientific organization of physicians is committed to:

  1. Preventing the diseases, disabilities, and adverse health conditions that disproportionately or differentially impact persons of African descent and underserved populations;
  2. Supporting efforts that improve the quality and availability of health care to underserved populations; and
  3. Increasing the representation, preservation and contribution(s) of persons of African descent in medicine. Towards these ends, the National Medical Association provides education programs and opportunities for scholarly exchange, conducts outreach efforts to promote improved public health, and establishes national health policy agenda in support of physicians of African descent and their patients.

(The Mission, Vision and Positioning Statements were adopted by the Board of Trustees on October 16, 1999.)