American Female Physicians

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 1 
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
 2 
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
 3 
Jennifer Ashton
(Physician)
Jennifer Ashton
4
Birthdate: April 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: George Air Force Base
 4 
Mary Edwards Walker
(Surgeon, Feminist, Activist)
Mary Edwards Walker
4
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.

 5 
Annie Sprinkle
(American Sexologist and Co-creator of the 'Ecosexual' Movement)
Annie Sprinkle
5
Birthdate: July 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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.

 6 
Stella Immanuel
(Cameroonian-American Pastor and Physician Who Achieved Notoriety for Her Fringe Claims About Medical Conditions)
Stella Immanuel
8
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Cameroon

Stella Immanuel is a Cameroonian-American pastor and physician. She is best known for her fringe claims about medical conditions. She achieved notoriety in 2020, when she claimed that hydroxychloroquine can cure COVID-19. Stella Immanuel has also endorsed numerous conspiracy theories concerning the Illuminati and aliens. She is also credited with founding a religious organization named Fire Power Ministries.

 7 
Tess Gerritsen
(Novelist)
Tess Gerritsen
3
Birthdate: June 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
 8 
Virginia Johnson
(Sexologist)
Virginia Johnson
4
Birthdate: February 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Missouri, United States
Died: July 24, 2013
 9 
Jill Stein
(Member of the Lexington Town Meeting from the 2nd Precinct (2005 - 2010))
Jill Stein
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Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
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.
 10 
Joycelyn Elders
(15th Surgeon General of the United States (1993 -1994))
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.

 11 
Julienne Marie
(Actress)
Julienne Marie
3
Birthdate: March 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
 12 
Susan La Flesche Picotte
(American doctor)
Susan La Flesche Picotte
3
Birthdate: June 17, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha Reservation, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 18, 1915
 13 
Anna Lee Fisher
(American Chemist, Emergency Physician and a Former NASA Astronaut)
Anna Lee Fisher
3
Birthdate: August 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 14 
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
(Swiss-American Psychiatrist, a Pioneer in Near-Death Studies and Author of the Book ‘On Death and Dying')
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.

 15 
Helen B. Taussig
(American Cardiologist Who Founded the Field of Pediatric Cardiology)
Helen B. Taussig
3
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.
 16 
Frances Cress Welsing
(Psychiatrist)
Frances Cress Welsing
3
Birthdate: March 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 2, 2016
 17 
Sneha Anne Philip
(Indian-American physician who was last seen on September 10, 2001)
Sneha Anne Philip
4
Birthdate: October 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kerala, India
Died: September 11, 2001
 18 
Patricia Bath
(American Ophthalmologist and Humanitarian)
Patricia Bath
5
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.

 19 
Jenny Thompson
(American Former Competition Swimmer and Anesthesiologist)
Jenny Thompson
3
Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Danvers, Massachusetts, United States

Known for winning more Olympic medals than any other female in the swimming category, Jenny Thompson had started swimming at age 7. She grew up to win swimming medals for Stanford University. She is also a qualified doctor and has practiced as an anaesthesiologist and surgeon.

 20 
Antonia Novello
(The First Woman and First Hispanic to Serve as Surgeon General of the United States)
Antonia Novello
5
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 
Leana Wen
(Former President of Planned Parenthood)
Leana Wen
0
Birthdate: January 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
 22 
Laurel Clark
(Medical Doctor)
Laurel Clark
3
Birthdate: March 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ames, Iowa, United States
Died: February 1, 2003
 23 
Jean Tatlock
(Psychiatrist)
Jean Tatlock
0
Birthdate: February 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Died: January 4, 1944
 24 
Regina Benjamin
(Surgeon General of the United States)
Regina Benjamin
3
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.

 25 
Nora Volkow
(Mexican-American Psychiatrist and Director of the ‘National Institute on Drug Abuse’)
Nora Volkow
3
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.

 26 
Gisella Perl
(Gynecologist)
Gisella Perl
3
Birthdate: December 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației, Romania
Died: December 16, 1988
 27 
Deborah Birx
(American Physician Who Served as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator)
Deborah Birx
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Birthdate: April 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States

Doctor and diplomat Deborah Birx was the Trump administration’s coronavirus response co-ordinator. The renowned HIV/AIDS researcher, however, quit the virus team after reports suggested she had attended a Thanksgiving family gathering, breaching COVID-19 protocol. She later joined the air-cleaning company ActivePure, amid reports of it using banned technology.

 28 
Anna Howard Shaw
(Leader of the women's suffrage movement in the United States.)
Anna Howard Shaw
3
Birthdate: February 14, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
Died: July 2, 1919
 29 
Alice Hamilton
(Toxicologist, Pathologist, University teacher, Physician)
Alice Hamilton
2
Birthdate: February 27, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Wayne
Died: September 22, 1970
 30 
Bernadine Healy
(American Cardiologist and the First Female Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Bernadine Healy
4
Birthdate: August 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, 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.

 31 
Sara Josephine Baker
(Physician)
Sara Josephine Baker
3
Birthdate: November 15, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie
Died: February 22, 1945
 32 
Leila Denmark
(Pediatrician, Author)
Leila Denmark
2
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.

 33 
Maja Einstein
(Romanist)
Maja Einstein
2
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.

 34 
Alexa Canady
(American Neurosurgeon and Physician)
Alexa Canady
2
Birthdate: November 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States
 35 
Tenley Albright
(American Former Figure Skater and Surgeon)
Tenley Albright
0
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.

 36 
Florence R. Sabin
(American Anatomist and Investigator of the Lymphatic System)
Florence R. Sabin
2
Birthdate: November 9, 1871
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Central City, Colorado, United States
Died: October 3, 1953

Florence R. Sabin was an American medical scientist best remembered as a pioneer for women in science. Sabin was the first woman to hold a membership at the National Academy of Sciences and a full professorship at the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Florence R. Sabin was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1973.

 37 
Helene Deutsch
(Psychologist)
Helene Deutsch
2
Birthdate: October 9, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Przemyśl, Poland
Died: March 29, 1982
 38 
Claribel Cone
(American art collectors)
Claribel Cone
2
Birthdate: November 14, 1864
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jonesboro, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 20, 1929
 39 
Lucy Hobbs Taylor
(Dentist)
Lucy Hobbs Taylor
1
Birthdate: March 14, 1833
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Constable, New York, United States
Died: October 3, 1910
 40 
Mary Calderone
(Physician)
Mary Calderone
2
Birthdate: July 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: October 24, 1998
 41 
Dot Richardson
(Physician and Softball Player)
Dot Richardson
0
Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 42 
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.

 43 
Lise Van Susteren
(Psychiatrist, Environmental Activist)
Lise Van Susteren
0
Birthdate: March 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
 44 
Sandra Wood Scarr
(Former Psychologist known for Heritability of IQ, Race and intelligence)
Sandra Wood Scarr
1
Birthdate: August 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: October 8, 2021
 45 
Yvonne Thornton
(Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Musician & Author, Best   Known for Her Memoir, 'The Ditchdigger’s Daughters')
Yvonne Thornton
1
Birthdate: November 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 46 
Linda Hazzard
(Physician, Serial killer)
Linda Hazzard
3
Birthdate: December 18, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Carver, Minnesota, United States
Died: June 24, 1938
 47 
Debora Green
(American Physician)
Debora Green
3
Birthdate: February 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Illinois, United States
 48 
Ann Preston
(Physician)
Ann Preston
1
Birthdate: December 1, 1813
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: West Grove, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 18, 1872
 49 
Helen Flanders Dunbar
(Psychiatrist, Physician)
Helen Flanders Dunbar
1
Birthdate: May 14, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: South Kent, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 21, 1959
 50 
Marie Elizabeth Zakrzewska
(Physician)
Marie Elizabeth Zakrzewska
1
Birthdate: September 6, 1829
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 12, 1902