Deborah L. McCullough


Bicentennial Medal (2019)


Deborah McCullough was the first African-American female to graduate from Indiana University's School of Medicine. She serves on IU's School of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Directors, as a representative in Hobart, Indiana.

McCullough is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Indiana. She is affiliated with Methodist Hospitals and has over four decades of experience. McCullough was the first African-American female to complete an OB-GYN residency at Cook County Hospital, and establish a private practice in Northwest Indiana. McCullough also established the Renaissance Women's Center, in Merrillville Indiana, as a resource that provides women with comprehensive health information and help with complete health care. The center offers lessons for women on self-care, and guidance on postpartum issues.

Mcullough's commitment to community needs and desire to philanthropically give back is evident in the many ways she serves toward the greater good. She has guest lectured in local schools and community organizations, such as the YWCA, and has spoken around the world in support of promoting self-confidence in young women. She has received numerous humanitarian awards, performed surgeries in the East African bush country, and served on the executive board of the Indiana Department of Health. In 2019, McCullough received Indiana University's Bicentennial Medal, in recognition of her distinguished contributions and dedicated service.