The National Library of Medicine’s travelling exhibit, Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons, is currently on display at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library (October 14 – November 23). The role of African Americans as health care providers in the history of medicine is a story often overlooked. Yet, as physicians, healers, midwives, or “root doctors,” African Americans have always practiced medicine. Early black physicians not only became skilled practitioners, but also educators and trailblazers, paving the way for future physicians, surgeons, and nurses and opening doors to better health care for African American communities. Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons recognizes the achievements of these pioneers by examining this long tradition and highlighting contemporary surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields. Take a tour, or stop by the UW Health Sciences Library if you’re in the Seattle area.