Wesley Flewerny Prater is a native of Woodville, Mississippi and is the eighth child born to Edward King Prater and Elizabeth Smith Prater. He graduated from the Wilkinson County Training School in 1965 and attended Tougaloo College from 1965 to 1969. After graduating from Tougaloo with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, he attended the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Medicine in 1974. Dr. Prater did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the King/Drew Postgraduate Medical School, Los Angeles, California from 1974-1978, serving as the Executive Chief Resident, 1977-1978.
In 1978, Dr. Prater returned home, where he established a private practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1984, he relocated to Canton, Mississippi where he had a very distinguished career until his retirement from the active practice of medicine on his 30th anniversary, June 30, 2008. After a short self-imposed period of reflection and renewal, he is now a consultant for the G. A. Carmichael Family Health Center, Canton, Mississippi and is the Medical Director, Women’s Health Services, Mississippi State Department of Health, where he is responsible for all obstetrical and gynecological services received by patients in the eighty-two county health department system.
Prater’s professional organization affiliations include: The National Medical Association, Inc., Jackson Gynesic Society, American College of Physician Executives, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, Mississippi Medical and Surgical Society, Mississippi Association of Public Health Physicians, and the Jackson Medical Society. He has been a member of the medical staff of Madison County Medical Center since 1984 where he has served as the Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Service, the Director of Surgical Services, Vice Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff. Dr. Prater is currently in his second year of service as the Board Chair of Madison County Medical Center which is constructing a replacement hospital that is nearing completion. His professional publications in refereed journals and respected texts include “Giant Condyloma Acuminatum of the Endocervix and Lower Uterine Segment” and “Microinvasive Carcinoma of the Cervix.”
Dr. Prater is a member of include New Hope Baptist Church. He is also a member of numerous community and civic organizations, including Tougaloo College Board of Trustees, Merchants and Farmer Bank, Canton Branch Advisory Board and Alpha-Phi-Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He was inducted into the Tougaloo College Hall of Fame in 2001 and is a lifetime member of the Tougaloo College National Alumni Association.
Dr. Prater is married to Gwendolyn Spencer Prater (class of 1970). They have two children, Djenaba Ain Prater Swan(Joel) and Wesley Spencer Prater and a grandson, Aden Emile Swan.