Dr. Granville Coggs
Dr. Granville G. Coggs, M.D., F.A.C.R., was born July 30, 1925 to
Dr. Tandy Washington Coggs and Nannie Hinkle Coggs in Pine
Bluff, Arkansas. He was the youngest of five children and grandson
of slaves. He graduated from Dunbar High School in Little Rock in
From 1943 to 1946, Dr. Coggs trained at Tuskegee Army Airfield
Class 45G. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, earning military
badges of aerial gunner, aerial bombardier, multi-engine pilot, and
In June 1949, Dr. Coggs received his Bachelor of Science degree
with distinction, from the University of Nebraska, and was elected to
the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies. In June 1953, he
received his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School.
Distinctive accomplishments continued through Dr. Coggs’ career in
medicine, with appointment as the first African American staff
physician of the Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco in 1959, first head
of the Ultrasound Radiology Division, University of California, San
Francisco in 1972, and establishing the San Antonio Breast
Evaluation Center, the role model for centers across the U.S. in
1983 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force
Medical Reserve in 1985.
In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of
Radiology, a Charter Member of the Society of Radiologists
In Ultrasound, and a Kappa Alpha Psi Scientist of the Year
award winner, Dr. Coggs is also an accomplished musician,
vocalist, and multiple medal winner in the Senior Olympics.
He is a 2001 inductee into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.
Dr. Coggs was also named parade marshall of the America's Armed
Forces Parade 2014.