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Lifetime NCMS member George C. Debnam, MD, died January 19, 2023. He was 95.

Dr. Debnam joined the North Carolina Medical Society in 1971. He practiced medicine for over 50 years in Raleigh. Trained in family practice, he provided general medical care, obstetrics and some surgery. He was cited by the Governor for being the physician to deliver the most babies ever in the state of North Carolina – over 10,000.

Starting his practice at Saint Agnes Hospital, the segregated facility for African American citizens of Raleigh, Dr. Debnam was historic in the integration of Raleigh’s health care. He was the first physician to admit patients to the new integrated Wake Medical Center (then Wake Memorial Hospital) when it opened.

Dr. Debnam was the recipient of many awards and was nationally recognized for his contributions to healthcare in 1977 when he was named Physician of the Year by the National Medical Association.

The staff and membership of the North Carolina Medical Society extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Debnam’s families and friends.

Read Dr. Debnam’s full obituary here.