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Published on June 29, 2017

After 42 Years and 10,000 Babies, Doctor Plans to Go Fishing

Dr. Bernard Marshall retires.

After four decades of forging relationships with generations of families, Bernard Marshall, MD, is retiring. The obstetrician and gynecologist with Cone Health Medical Group has delivered more than 10,000 babies in a practice where he was the only doctor.

Dr. Marshall looks forward to fishing

“When you are part of a group practice, it can be more impersonal and anonymous,” says Marshall. “I prefer having the opportunity to get to know my patients.”

And he has gotten to know his patients, their children and grandchildren.  Marshall says a significant portion of his deliveries in recent years were to pregnant women he delivered.  

That rhythm of life was something that Marshall keyed into early. At age 10, he enrolled at the same Montego Bay, Jamaica, boarding school his father graduated from in 1919. In 1966, after completing his secondary education with the equivalent of 24 college credits, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. He earned his undergraduate degree in two and a half years. In 1972, he completed medical school at Howard University. He then accepted an internship at Staten Island Hospital and completed his residency at Kings County Hospital/Downstate Medical Center in New York.

When it came time to choose a specialty, Marshall said, “I decided to become an obstetrician and gynecologist instead of an internist because it was a cheerful profession starting with the beginning of a new life.”

If it were not for an unusual offer, Marshall and other young doctors may not have established practices in Greensboro. L. Richardson Memorial Hospital, a Greensboro hospital serving the black community which has since closed, offered Marshall free office space and nursing support for the first six months while he established his practice.

Through it all, Marshall has been extraordinarily dedicated to his profession and the families he served. For the last 32 years, he has not missed a single day of work. 

As Marshall looks forward to retirement, he lightheartedly suggests this is the first opportunity since he was a young boy that he will have the luxury of wasting time. However, as he ends his career, his commitment to family continues--his own. With two daughters, a reproductive endocrinologist and an attorney, living on the east coast, and other family residing in Jamaica,  Marshall and his wife Judith, won’t waste any time planning visits.

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