The Sinkler Miller Medical Association was formed in 1969 by physicians located in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties who saw the need to unite and form a professional medical association. Their objectives included the improvement of the quality of health care in the community, advancement of the art as well as the science of medicine, and the maintenance of a high standard of medical ethics. The association was named after two physicians who exemplified these objectives and were deeply committed to the delivery of quality health care to the Black community.
Dr. William Sinkler was the first Chief of Surgery and Medical Director of the Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He was one of the first black Diplomates of the American Board of Surgery and trained surgeons throughout the world.
Dr. Rudolph Miller, a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology was one of the black pioneers among urologists practicing in the Bay Area and was very active in community affairs.
Presently, the Sinkler Miller Medical Association has over 160 members. As a local branch of both the National Medical Association and the State of California Golden State Medical Association, Sinkler Miller maintains its commitment towards the betterment of the field of health, education and welfare.
Sinkler Miller Medical Association was formed to improve the health care of African-American and other minority people in the Bay Area, as well as retain African-American physicians within the area.
The members of Sinkler Miller Medical Association continue to come together to advocate for health care promotion, scholarships for African-American students, physician education, mentorship of students and new physicians, public health programs, and recruitment and retention of all African-American providers of health care.
This mission is consistent with our state organization (Golden State Medical Association) and the National Medical Association.