Allow Civil Rights Advocate, Baptist Medical Missionary, Pain Patient Advocate and Family Physician, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., to continue to practice medicine in the poorest geographical area in America, the Mississippi Delta.
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Don't allow the poorest people in America to go another day without badly needed medical services!
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. is the first ordained and commissioned medical missionary to America's poorest geographical region, the Mississippi Delta, in the history of the African American church. Rev. Dr. Myers has served the medical needs of poor people in Mississippi, including the county with the least life expectancy of any county in America, for over twenty five years through the Myers Foundation for Indigent Health Care and Community Development.
In 1990, in a front page article, The New York Times wrote:
"There aren't many doctors like Ronald Myers, a jazz-playing, Baptist-preaching family practitioner whose dream has always been to practice medicine in the kind of place most other doctors wouldn't even stop for a tank of gas."
Rev. Dr. Myers is a victim of a "Medical Ferguson" by the discriminatory actions of the Oklahoma Board of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD). Rev. Dr. Myers was unjustly arrested or charged with several criminal violations of the law, and even though the Oklahoma County District Attorney considered him a victim of fraud. After posting a $4,500.00 bail, charges were dismissed almost a year later. Persecuted by law enforcement, the criminal justice system and state medical boards, Rev. Dr. Myers no longer has a medical license in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Criminal charges have been refilled.
After the death of his father, Rev. Dr. Myers commuted to Oklahoma on a mostly weekly basis from Mississippi for several years to care for his mother who died of cervical cancer in 2014 and provided health care to patients in Roland and Oklahoma City.
Rev. Dr. Myers, one of the leading grass roots advocates for the treatment of chronic pain patients in America, through the American Pain Institute (API), an advocacy organization against pain patient bigotry and abuse, continues to fight for the rights of chronic pain patients to receive appropriate health care without being stigmatized as "drug addicts" and the doctors who treat them "drug dealers."
We request the Governor of Mississippi and the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure allow Rev. Dr. Myers to renew his medical license, so that the he can continue to serve the medical needs of the poorest of the poor in America.
We also request that President Donald Trump and Atty. General Jeff Sessions review the actions of the Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning Rev. Dr. Myers as another example of the over-prosecution of black physicians by law enforcement.
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