Dr Nathaniel J Hurst was born Dec 11, 1919, the seventh son of 10 children of William and Annie Hurst.
Nat received his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1954. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine at Rochester General Hospital. He entered private practice in 1958.
In 1976, Nat was installed as the first African-American president of the Monroe County Medical Society. In 1981, he received the Edward Mott Moore Award, the Medical Society's highest honor and The Community Leadership Award of the Urban League of Rochester.
Nat was an expertise in geriatrics, pioneering a number of innovative programs. His interests included giving time to such projects as the Sickle Cell Anemia Project, the Inner City Health Council and the Catholic Interracial Council.
Nat left an indelible imprint on Rochester's medical community, first as an internist in the late 1950s and then as vice president and president of the former Park Avenue Hospital medical staff. He is credited with major involvement in the planning, building and operating of Park Ridge Hospital and Nursing Home. He later became director of the hospital's internal medicine department and subsequently medical director of Park Ridge Hospital.
A hospital library is named in his honor.
Dr. Nat Hurst was truly a 20th-century American physician. He was a leader who led with his heart and spread his talents in many directions. He was a "people person" and his patients benefited from his compassion, competence and easy accessibility.
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