American Female Physicians

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Mae Jemison
(First African American Woman To Travel To Space)

Mae Jemison
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Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States

Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to fly into space, as a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. A qualified physician, she has served as a Peace Corps doctor, too. She has written several books and established a non-profit and a tech research organization.

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Virginia Apgar
(Physician and Anesthesiologist)

Virginia Apgar
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Birthdate: June 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 7, 1974

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Elizabeth Blackwell
(First Woman Medical Graduate)

Elizabeth Blackwell
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Birthdate: February 3, 1821
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: May 31, 1910

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Connie Booth
(Actress, Psychotherapist)

Connie Booth
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Birthdate: January 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis
Connie Booth is best known as Polly Sherman from the series Fawlty Towers. She was also seen in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the series Monty Python's Flying Circus. She also appeared on stage. After retiring from acting, she began working as a psychotherapist in London.

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Jill Stein
(Physician)

Jill Stein
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Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Jill Stein is a physician who later became the presidential nominee for the Green Party in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She has also been the Green-Rainbow Party's candidate for the governorship of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. She believed in the Green New Deal, including climate change reforms.

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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Birthdate: July 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: August 24, 2004

Best known for her pathbreaking bestseller On Death and Dying, Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross also made pioneering research in areas such as near-death studies. Her five stages of grief, or the Kübler-Ross model, has been adopted by corporates to help employees deal with loss and change.

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Jennifer Ashton
(Physician)

Jennifer Ashton
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Birthdate: April 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: George Air Force Base
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Mary Edwards Walker
(Surgeon, Feminist, Activist)

Mary Edwards Walker
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Birthdate: November 26, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oswego
Died: February 21, 1919

Mary Edwards Walker, or Dr. Mary Walker, was the only female surgeon who served injured soldiers during the American Civil War. A dress reform supporter, she believed women should value comfort more than tradition when it came to clothes. She was also the first and only Medal of Honor winner.

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Joycelyn Elders
(Pediatrician)

Joycelyn Elders
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Birthdate: August 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schaal, Arkansas, United States

The second female U.S. surgeon general, Joycelyn Elders is a renowned pediatrician and one of the first Black women to reach the pinnacle of the medical field in the U.S. She has been dragged into multiple controversies, one of them being a result of her support for sex education and masturbation.

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Virginia Johnson
(Sexologist)

Virginia Johnson
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Birthdate: February 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Missouri, United States
Died: July 24, 2013

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Frances Oldham Kelsey
(Pharmacologist)

Frances Oldham Kelsey
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Birthdate: July 24, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cobble Hill, Canada
Died: August 7, 2015

As part of the FDA, Frances Oldham Kelsey prevented thalidomide from being allowed in the US drug market as a painkiller, as she was unsure of its impact. Her concerns were proved right when the drug caused birth defects in European children. She was subsequently awarded by the US president.

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Tess Gerritsen
(Novelist)

Tess Gerritsen
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Birthdate: June 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 13 
Laurel Clark
(Medical Doctor)

Laurel Clark
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Birthdate: March 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ames, Iowa, United States
Died: February 1, 2003

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Susan La Flesche Picotte
(American doctor)

Susan La Flesche Picotte
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Birthdate: June 17, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha Reservation, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 18, 1915

 15 
Leana Wen
(Former President of Planned Parenthood)

Leana Wen
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Birthdate: January 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

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Frances Cress Welsing
(Psychiatrist)

Frances Cress Welsing
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Birthdate: March 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 2, 2016

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Stella Immanuel
(Physician, writer)

Stella Immanuel
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Cameroon

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Sneha Anne Philip
(Indian-American physician who was last seen on September 10, 2001)

Sneha Anne Philip
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Birthdate: October 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kerala, India
Died: September 11, 2001

 19 
Patricia Bath
(Former Inventor known for Invention of Laserphaco Probe)

Patricia Bath
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Birthdate: November 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 30, 2019

Ophthalmologist Patricia Bath is remembered for her pathbreaking invention of the Laserphaco Probe, which made laser cataract surgery possible. The first Black female surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center and the first female faculty staff of the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, she dedicated her life to curing blindness.

 20 
Antonia Novello
(Former Surgeon General)

Antonia Novello
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Birthdate: August 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Antonia Novello became the first female and the first person of Hispanic origin to become the U.S. surgeon general. Initially a pediatric nephrologist, she later switched to Public Health Service, after realizing she was too emotional to be a pediatrician. The Puerto Rican physician was also a UNICEF representative.

 21 
Helen B. Taussig
(Cardiologist)

Helen B. Taussig
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Birthdate: May 24, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 20, 1986
Helen B. Taussig is remembered as the founder of pediatric cardiology. Born to a Harvard professor father and a mother who was a women’s education pioneer, she was denied a Harvard seat for being a woman and thus studied medicine at Johns Hopkins. She pioneered the cure of the blue baby syndrome.

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Julienne Marie
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Birthdate: March 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

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Regina Benjamin
(Surgeon General of the United States)

Regina Benjamin
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Birthdate: October 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

Famed for her dedicated service to underserved community in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, American physician Regina Mercia Benjamin held several important positions including that of the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. Throughout her career, she worked for the disadvantaged people, focusing on preventive health measures, mortgaging her home to rebuild Bayou La Batre Health Clinic after Hurricane Katrina.

 24 
Debora Green
(Physician)

Debora Green
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Birthdate: February 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana

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Nora Volkow
(Psychiatrist)

Nora Volkow
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Birthdate: March 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican-born Nora Volkow studied medicine in her country, before moving to New York University, where she became a Laughlin Fellow. Now the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, she was the first to prove that drug abuse is a brain disease. She was featured at TEDMED 2014.

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Gisella Perl
(Gynecologist)

Gisella Perl
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Birthdate: December 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației, Romania
Died: December 16, 1988

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Marci Bowers
(Gynaecologist)

Marci Bowers
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Birthdate: January 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United States of America

Considered to be the first transgender to specialize in sex reassignment surgery, American gynecologist Marci Lee Bowers is also a specialist in functional clitoral restoration. Beginning her career in obstetrics and gynecology, she later apprenticed under Stanley Biber, the father of sex reassignment surgery, and Pierre Foldès, a pioneer in clitoral restoration, before setting up her independent practice in California.   

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Anna Howard Shaw
(Leader of the women's suffrage movement in the United States.)

Anna Howard Shaw
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Birthdate: February 14, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
Died: July 2, 1919

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Annie Sprinkle
(Sexologist)

Annie Sprinkle
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Birthdate: July 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Annie Sprinkle is an American sexologist who supports sex work and healthcare. Sprinkle, who identifies herself as ecosexual, works as a feminist stripper, sex educator, pornographic actress, and sex-positive feminist. She is credited with popularizing lesbian pornography and the post-porn movement.

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Bernadine Healy
(Cardiologist)

Bernadine Healy
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Birthdate: August 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: August 6, 2011

Bernadine Healy created history by becoming the first woman to serve as the director of the National Institutes of Health. Apart from being a seasoned cardiologist, she had also taught medicine at institutes such as Johns Hopkins and had been the president of the American Red Cross and other non-profits.

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Carol W. Greider
(Biologist, Molecular biologist, Geneticist, Physician)

Carol W. Greider
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Birthdate: April 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Davis

Carol W. Greider is a molecular biologist who discovered the enzyme telomerase in 1984. Her discovery was honored several years later when she received the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with Blackburn and Jack W. Szostak for their work on telomeres.  The trio also shared the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for the same work.  

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Sara Josephine Baker
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Birthdate: November 15, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie
Died: February 22, 1945

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Alice Hamilton
(Toxicologist, Pathologist, University teacher, Physician)

Alice Hamilton
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Birthdate: February 27, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Wayne
Died: September 22, 1970

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Jean Tatlock
(Psychiatrist)

Jean Tatlock
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Birthdate: February 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Died: January 4, 1944

 35 
Maja Einstein
(Romanist)

Maja Einstein
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Birthdate: November 18, 1881
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: June 25, 1951

Maja Einstein is remembered as Albert Einstein’s younger sister and only sibling. After acquiring a Ph.D. in romance languages and literature from Bern, Switzerland, she got married. However, at the beginning of World War II, she fled to the U.S. and remained estranged from her husband till her death.

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Leila Denmark
(Pediatrician, Author)

Leila Denmark
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Birthdate: February 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portal
Died: April 1, 2012

Pediatrician Leila Denmark made headlines when she retired at age 103, after a career spanning over seven decades. She was the oldest practicing pediatrician in the world and the first woman pediatrician from Georgia. She was also the third-oldest living person in the U.S. when she died.

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Tenley Albright
(Figure Skater)

Tenley Albright
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Birthdate: July 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newton Centre, Newton, Massachusetts, United States

Olympic figure-skating champion Tenley Albright was also a Harvard Medical School alumna and a qualified surgeon. A bout of mild polio in childhood couldn’t deter her spirit, and she ended up becoming the first female figure skater from the U.S. to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

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Linda Hazzard
(Physician, Serial killer)

Linda Hazzard
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Birthdate: December 18, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Carver, Minnesota, United States
Died: June 24, 1938

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Alexa Canady
(neurosurgeon, physician)

Alexa Canady
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Birthdate: November 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lansing

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Dot Richardson
(Physician)

Dot Richardson
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Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States

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Mary Ann Bickerdyke
(Medical worker)

Mary Ann Bickerdyke
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Birthdate: July 19, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Knox County, Ohio, United States
Died: November 8, 1901

 42 
Helene Deutsch
(Psychologist)

Helene Deutsch
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Birthdate: October 9, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Przemyśl, Poland
Died: March 29, 1982

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Claribel Cone
(American art collectors)

Claribel Cone
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Birthdate: November 14, 1864
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jonesboro, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 20, 1929

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Mary Calderone
(Physician)

Mary Calderone
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Birthdate: July 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: October 24, 1998

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Lucy Hobbs Taylor
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Birthdate: March 14, 1833
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Constable, New York, United States
Died: October 3, 1910

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Lise Van Susteren
(Psychiatrist, Environmental Activist)

Lise Van Susteren
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Birthdate: March 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Appleton, Wisconsin, United States

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Rebecka Belldegrun
(President and CEO of Bellco Capital)

Rebecka Belldegrun
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Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Finnish-born Rebecka Belldegrun is not only an ophthalmic surgeon but also a billionaire businesswoman. While she initially launched a real-estate company, she later served as the CEO of the investment firm BellCo Capital LLC. She has also previously invested in the biotech and hotel industries and heads several corporate boards.

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Sandra Wood Scarr
(Former Psychologist known for Heritability of IQ, Race and intelligence)

Sandra Wood Scarr
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Birthdate: August 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: October 8, 2021

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Genevra Stone
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Birthdate: July 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Yvonne Thornton
(Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Musician & Author, Best   Known for Her Memoir, 'The Ditchdigger’s Daughters')

Yvonne Thornton
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Birthdate: November 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States