A Tribute to Rev. Ronald (Doc) Myers, Sr, MD

A Tribute to Rev. Ronald (Doc) Myers, Sr, MD


Doc Myers’ personal fight ended September 7, 2018 as he left this earth and joined his heavenly Father in heaven. This is a brief tribute to his efforts in support of Chronic Pain Patients across the country.

The New York Times says, “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.” (1/12/90)

A 1985 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School and residency in Family Practice at L.S.U. Medical Center, Doc Myers was a leading national advocate for health care to the poor and disenfranchised. In 1990 he became the first ordained and commissioned medical missionary to serve in America’s poorest region, the Mississippi Delta, in the history of the African American church. Dr. Myers provided health care to the poorest Americans through clinics in Tchula, Belzoni, Yazoo City, Indianola, Greenville and Tupelo, Mississippi. He went on missions outreach to Kenya and Israel.

As an activist for patient rights, Dr. Myers was the Founder & President of:

  1. The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
  2. The National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
  3. The National Juneteenth Medical Commission
  4. The American Pain Institute (API)

He was also:

  1. Founder of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement, observed on the “18th of June”
  2. Founder of the World Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement, observed on the “20th of August”.
  3. Organizer of the annual PAIN PATIENTS ADVOCACY WEEK
  4. Board Member of the National Black Evangelical Association (NBEA)
  5. Founder of Black Doctors Matter.
  6. Artistic Director of the Mississippi Jazz and Heritage Festival
  7. Creator of the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
  8. Founder and Director of the Fellowship of Creative Christian Jazz Musicians (FCCJM).

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., MD was a family practitioner in Mississippi. He lost his license because of attacks on him by the state of Oklahoma. The charges were dropped, but his license was never restored to active status because of fines levied on him by the Board of Medicine for the unfounded investigation they led against him. In other words, “Pay us for attacking you without just cause.”

Dr. Myers’ family includes his wife, Sylvia, 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Doc Myers led his last Pain Patient Advocacy Week in Washington, DC on April 23-30, 2018. He wasn’t feeling up to par when he came to Washington, but he used all the energy he had to lead the movement.  Possibly because of that self-sacrifice, he did not have the reserves when he returned home, and his health deteriorated over the next few months.  He is truly a martyr to the cause, and Chronic Pain Patients should lift him up forever for the support he gave.

You can listen to his interview from Pain Patient Advocacy Week in 2017 HERE:

If you would like to leave a tribute to Doc, please leave a comment below.  Eventually this segment will be moved to Doc’s own page as an ambassador on the membership site.

4 Responses

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you…

  2. RIP Dr Myers, thank you for your service to mankind. There is no doubt in my mind you are walking with our Lord and savior. Your legacy for helping people will last forever.

  3. Tremendous love and respect to Dr.Myers.May he now race thru green fields with JESUS CHRIST!!!Looking forward to meeting him in the place where pain has no existence….I should spend hours praising this man,but sadly,I am here for another reason.As a Christian,I have tithed to many charities in my time,and today,watching the 700 Club,I saw a side of them I was sure I’d never see!They were plugging some”know it all’s”book about how this bozo saw it all coming with the introduction of oxycontin and no one would listen,and now it’s all ‘told ya so’and boo hoo hoo…..I patiently waited for to hear the flip side of those with unbearable pain,pallative care,cancer victims,never mind the suicides.And not a word.Message delivered;you are junkies,you asked for it,we are going to grind Searle and Perdue out of business,on and on….I gently told their operator that my donations and membership are hereby cancelled due to this biased report,and I would spread the word far and wide.If in fact you are a member or donate to this bunch,today you can see em for who they are!Pls.transfer your tithes and donations to St.Jude’s Childrens hospice care,where they dont fly into apoplexic fits if a child gets a Tylenol 4.I’m glad that the 700’s drill water wells in Mexico,but not on my dime.NOT ANYMORE!Pat Robertson,maybe you could sell off a few in your string of million dollar saddlehorses and finance those wells!I trusted you.NO LONGER!!!John Q.Public,I advise you follow suit!!Thank YOU!!Lisa AlligoodMonday,9-10-18

  4. I am truly shocked and saddened to hear of Doc’s passing. I came across his website Dr.’s Of Courage and signed their petition some time last year. Low and behold, I get a phone call from Doc.

    What a funny, truly humble and great man he was! He wouldn’t let me call him Dr. Myers, it was always Doc. He was truly interested in hearing my pain situation and condition (CRPS) from a crush injury 19 years ago to both legs and feet. We shared our stories and Christianity. This wonderful man never failed to call me once a week to encourage me to continue doing things to help Chronic Pain Patients. I was so distressed to find out what they had done in attacking him so that he could no longer practice medicine.

    Doc was very much a Doctor Of Courage, and my sorrow and sympathy go out to his wife and family. Our society loses out when a great, good and humble man who served others is taken from us! Go with God, Doc, we miss you!

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