Company: 11th Air Force Hospital
Location: Lowndesboro, Alabama, United States
Joseph Wellington Jackson, Chief of Medical Services at 11th Air Force Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in gastroenterology.
A distinguished gastroenterologist backed by more than 20 years of professional experience, Dr. Jackson is well known for his research in factors associated with 02 desaturation during endoscopy, in focal columnar epithelium of the proximal esophagus and in significance of gastritis and duodenitis in esophageal reflux. He received a BSc in agronomy from the Tuskegee Institute in 1969 and went on to obtain an MD from the University of Alabama in 1977. Notably serving in the U.S. Air Force as commissioned second lieutenant in 1970 and first lieutenant in 1976, he completed a flight orientation program under Charles Anderson, the first African American to receive a commercial pilot and instructor’s license. Dr. Jackson completed his residency at the U.S. Air Force Medical Center at the base in Lackland, Texas in 1980, as well as a fellowship at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam in Houston in 1982.
Upon finishing his residency, Dr. Jackson felt he could make a real difference in the specialty of gastroenterology, as he noticed many of his fellow medical students were pursuing the cardiovascular track. He commenced his medical career as a gastroenterologist at the U.S. Air Force Medical Center Keesler Base in Mississippi in 1982. By 1984, he took on the role of chief of internal medicine at the U.S. Air Force Regional Hospital Maxwell Base in Alabama, which he did until 1987. From 1987 to 1989, Dr. Jackson served the U.S. Air Force Regional Hospital Elmendorf Base in Alaska as a gastroenterologist and chief of internal medicine, each for one year. Until his retirement in 1991, he last worked as the chief of medical services at the 11th Air Force Hospital at the Elmendorf Base.
For his inimitable work and service, Dr. Jackson holds a U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal from 1972 and one with an Oak Leaf Cluster from 1984. Additionally, he has received a National Defense Service Medal with Star Device, a Longevity Medical and an Overseas Service Medal. Prior to these accolades, Dr. Jackson was a notable fellow of the George Washington Carver Research Foundation from 1969 to 1971. In a more artistic breath, Dr. Jackson received an honorable mention for his photograph, “Childrensburg Grist Mill,” at the Jules Collins Smith Fine Arts Museum in 2008.
Dr. Jackson holds membership with the American Medical Association, Association for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism in Adults, International Society for Study of Hypertension in Blacks, American Association of Variable Star Observers, Astronomers Without Borders, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers, British Astronomical Association and Sigma Pi Phi Boule. He is also involved with Jackson Family Phoenix Scholarship Fund and the Central Alabama Community Foundation, and in his free time, he enjoys taking up drone flying, astronomy, radio-astronomy, photography, fishing and long-range rifle marksmanship. To attest to Dr. Jackson’s legacy, his career accomplishments can also be found in the first edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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