Reginald was the first-born son to Theodore Manning (a U.S. Postal Worker) and Gloria Manning (a NYC Educator). He was raised in Bedford Stuyvesant until the family relocated to Crown Heights during his high school years. Reginald has remained a Brooklyn resident aside from his college and medical school years.
Educationally, he attended Stuyvesant High School then Columbia College followed by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University. His surgical education began at the Roosevelt Hospital in General Surgery for 2 years. Next, he began his training in Orthopedic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital where completed the 4-year program in 3 years. He then transitioned to his one-year Fellowship in Sports Medicine also at Lenox Hill Hospital. Upon the completion of his Fellowship, Reginald was recruited to join the staff of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at both the State University Hospital Health Science Center in Brooklyn (i.e., Downstate Medical Center) and Kings County Hospital Center, where his responsibilities included not only providing patient care, but also education, training, and supervising the Orthopedic residents throughout their training years.
From 1995 to 2000, Reginald served as the Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Long Island College Hospital. Then from 200 to 2005, Reginald served as the Director of Orthopedic Surgery at the Saint Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn. During this time, Reginald also serves as an Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. From 1998 through 2005 consecutively, Reginald was honored to be listed among “The Best Doctors in New York” (New York Magazine). Reginald has also been a member of the teams that have performed surgical missions in Honduras and Guyana.
While in medical school, Reginal married his wife Theresa Tyson (an educator). They have a daughter, Cassaundra (an attorney). He is still a practicing Orthopedic surgeon and is an active member of several social organizations: the Comus Club, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Alpha Sigma Boule), the National Association of Guardsmen (Manhattan Chapter), the Reveille Club, and the Fellas, most of which has served at different officer levels. Reginald also served on the board of Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA and was part of the team that brought the current modern corner building from development to full function and utilization.
Reginald has seen the borough of Brooklyn before and during the gentrification process, but what has remained constant is that the poorer people in general, and Black and Latin populations specifically, have constantly gotten the short end of the stick educationally, health-wise, financially, and socially, hence his interest in this worthy endeavor. The goal is to leave a lasting and self-sustaining legacy of educational achievement and economic empowerment that will alter the life trajectory of the underserved youth in the borough of Brooklyn.