Canadian Female Physicians

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 1 Frances Oldham Kelsey

Frances Oldham Kelsey
Famous As: Pharmacologist
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.

 2 Theresa Tam

Theresa Tam
Famous As: 3rd Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 3 Roberta Bondar

Roberta Bondar
Famous As: Astronaut & Neurologist
Birthdate: December 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

Canadian neurologist, educator, scientist, astronaut and photographer Roberta Bondar CC OOnt FRCPC FRSC is noted as the first female astronaut and the first neurologist of Canada to travel into space. She flew as part of the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-42 and performed over forty experiments in Spacelab. She later served as head of an international team of researchers at NASA.

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 4 Margaret Chan

Margaret Chan
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: August 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

Former WHO director-general and one of Forbes’s most powerful women, Margaret Chan was both applauded and criticized for her decision to cull Hong Kong’s entire poultry stock in 3 days to control the H5N1 virus in 1997. She was also in charge during the 2003 SARS outbreak in the city.

 5 Carolyn Bennett

Carolyn Bennett
Famous As: Politician, Physician
Birthdate: December 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto

The current Canadian Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett is also a qualified physician and has been a public health minister earlier. The Liberal Party of Canada member has also taught medicine at the University of Toronto and been part of several medical boards.

 6 Suzanne Mallouk

Suzanne Mallouk
Famous As: Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst and Painter
Birthdate: September 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Suzanne Mallouk ran away from her Canada home and moved to New York, where she took up odd jobs to finance her art career. She supported a penniless Jean-Michel Basquiat grow into a wealthy artist and became a muse for his paintings. She later became a practicing psychiatrist.

 7 Hedy Fry

Hedy Fry
Famous As: politician and physician who is currently the longest-serving female Member of Parliament
Birthdate: August 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
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 8 Emily Stowe

Emily Stowe
Famous As: Teacher, Physician
Birthdate: May 1, 1831
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Norwich
Died: April 29, 1903

Emily Stowe created history by becoming the first female doctor to practice in Canada and the second to receive a physician’s license in the country. A champion of women’s education, she was also a prominent suffragist and assisted in building the first women’s medical school in Canada.

 9 Samantha Nutt

Samantha Nutt
Famous As: physician
Birthdate: September 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Scarborough

Apart from founding the humanitarian organization War Child Canada, Canadian physician Samantha Nutt has worked with children in war-torn areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, and Somalia. She has also penned the bestseller Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid and is a regular on news shows.

 10 Irma Le Vasseur

Irma Le Vasseur
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: January 20, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Roch, Quebec City, Canada
Died: January 18, 1964