The following year, he did a surgery residence at Freedmen's Hospital in Washington, D. In 1938, Drew received a Rockefeller Fellowship to study at Columbia University and train at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
There, he continued his exploration of blood-related matters with John Scudder.
After his father's death, Drew returned to the United States.
He became an instructor at Howard University's medical school in 1935.
He left behind his wife, Minnie, and their four children.
Drew was only 45 years old at the time of his death, and it is remarkable how much he was able to accomplish in such a limited amount of time.
Drew was behind the wheel when his vehicle crashed near Burlington, North Carolina.
His passengers survived, but Drew succumbed to his injuries.
Drew made some groundbreaking discoveries in the storage and processing of blood for transfusions. There, he distinguished himself on the track and football teams.
He worked on developing a blood bank to be used for U. At first, the military did not want to use blood from African Americans, but they later said it could only be used for African-American soldiers.
Drew was outraged by this racist policy, and resigned his post after only a few months.
He continued to serve as the chief surgeon at Freedmen's Hospital and a professor at Howard University.
On April 1, 1950, Drew and three other physicians attended a medical conference at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.