A product of humble beginnings, and in the absence of family, Dr. Melody T. McCloud, founder/medical director of Atlanta Women’s Health Care, PC, is an obstetrician-gynecologist who blazed a trail in 1985 when she became the first Black female to establish an ob-gyn practice in all of Dekalb County, GA, and the third to do so in metro Atlanta. She has taken her health care message national with lectures nationwide about health, relationships, sex, media images of Black women, and social issues.
A published author with Simon & Schuster, and Sounds True (2023), her books are endorsed by medical professionals, academicians, celebrities and policy makers. Her self-published books also garnered success; many were bought in bulk by health centers, medical insurance carriers and colleges.
McCloud is often invited to speak nationwide to many organizations; these include Emory University Medical Alumni, The Indiana Museum of the History of Medicine, the Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation, The Florida Department of Health, the Black Enterprise National Women of Power Summit and more, with repeat invites/appearances. Dr. McCloud was one of six gynecologists chosen to specifically care for the Olympic athletes (the highest physician-tier assignment) during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA.
Acknowledgments and rewards include the “Health-Care Heroes ‘Physician of the Year’ Award” and "Doctor to the 'Who's Who' of Atlanta's Women," per the Atlanta Business Chronicle; and was named one of the “25 Most Influential Doctors in Atlanta.”
A media consultant, Dr. McCloud has been interviewed on CNN, CNN Headline News, NBC Nightly News, Court TV, Inside Edition;, local network affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox; TBN, the Tom Joyner Morning Show; and her writings or social commentary have been printed in USA Today, The NY Times, Parade, Essence, Health, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, New England Journal of Medicine, Washington Post, HollywoodLife.com and more.
Dr. McCloud is a member of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists; the Advisory Council to the CDC; The Atlanta Press Club; Emory University’s Ambassador, Emory University's Board of Visitors; Leadership Atlanta; the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, the Regional Leadership Institute of the Atlanta Regional Commission and other organizations.
She is a graduate of Boston University, Boston University School of Medicine and Emory University Hospitals. She has become a go-to consultant about Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the 1st Black female physician in the US (1864).
In addition to her medical care and legacy, Dr. McCloud is noted in her community to address a wide range of topics issues. These include social issues, the importance of faith, family structure and values, child protection services, and other issues. As one who grew up without any family (never even knew any of her grandparents, had an absentee father, etc), Dr. McCloud is also a strong proponent of personal responsibility. One's past doesn't have to determine your future. A favorite quote of Don Miguel Ruiz: "Say to yourself who you want to be, then do what you have to do."