Women Surgeons

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Throughout history, there have been many women surgeons who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female surgeons such as Mary Edwards Walker, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Michelle Bachelet, Renée Richards, Marci Bowers.The women surgeons featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & India and many more countries.
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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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Michelle Bachelet
(33rd and 35th President of Chile)
Michelle Bachelet
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Birthdate: September 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Chilean politician Michelle Bachelet serves as 7th United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She became the first female politician in Chilean history who was elected as the country’s President and the first elected female leader in South America. She served as the 33rd and 35th President of Chile and held several other prominent positions during her expansive political career.

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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.

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
(Mayor of Aldeburgh)
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
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Birthdate: June 9, 1836
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Whitechapel
Died: December 17, 1917

The first female doctor and surgeon of Britain, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was initially denied admission to medical schools because of her gender and had thus started studying privately. Soon after joining the Marylebone Dispensary as an attendant, she contributed to the formation of the New Hospital for Women.

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Antonia Novello
(The First Woman and First Hispanic to Serve as Surgeon General of the United States)
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.

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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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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.

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Fiona Wood
(Plastic Surgeon)
Fiona Wood
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Birthdate: February 2, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England

English-Australian plastic surgeon Fiona Wood pioneered the spray-on skin method of treating burn victims. Before stepping into a medical career, she had aspired to be sprinter. She later became the first woman from Western Australia to become a plastic surgeon. She was named the 2005 Australian of the Year.

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Grethe Rask
(Danish Surgeon and Physician Who Was One of the First Non-Africans to Have Died of AIDS)
Grethe Rask
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Birthdate: 1930 AD
Birthplace: Thisted, Denmark
Died: December 12, 1977

Grethe Rask was a Danish surgeon and physician. She worked in Zaïre, where she had set up her own hospital. In 1977, Rask returned to Denmark after developing symptoms of an unknown disease. Grethe Rask died in the same year and the disease was later identified as AIDS, making her one of the first non-Africans to have died of AIDS. 

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Tenley Albright
(American Former Figure Skater and Surgeon)
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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Ann Redgrave
(Physician, Rower)
Ann Redgrave
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Birthdate: March 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sussex, England
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Specioza Kazibwe
(6th Vice President of Uganda)
Specioza Kazibwe
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Birthdate: July 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Iganga, Uganda
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Christine Kaseba
(Former First Lady of Zambia)
Christine Kaseba
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Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Zambia

Christine Kaseba is a Zambian surgeon, physician, and politician. She is perhaps best known for her service as the First Lady of Zambia from 23 September 2011 until her husband President Michael Sata's demise on October 28, 2014. Christine Kaseba is currently serving as Zambian Ambassador to France. As a physician, she specializes in gynecology and obstetrics.

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Eleni Theocharous
(Politician)
Eleni Theocharous
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Birthdate: June 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amiantos, Cyprus
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Aleen Cust
(Veterinary Surgeon)
Aleen Cust
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Birthdate: February 7, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: County Tipperary, Ireland
Died: January 29, 1937
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Suhaila Siddiq
(Afghan Politician and Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan)
Suhaila Siddiq
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Birthdate: March 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: December 4, 2020
Suhaila Siddiq was an Afghan politician who served as the Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan from 2001 to 2004. Referred to as General Suhaila, Siddiq served in the military as the Surgeon General prior to her role as the Minister of Public Health. Suhaila Siddiq is the only Afghan woman to have held the prestigious title of lieutenant general.
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Nahid Toubia
(Plastic surgeon)
Nahid Toubia
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Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan
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Bulantrisna Djelantik
(Dancer, Physician)
Bulantrisna Djelantik
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Birthdate: September 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indonesia
Died: February 24, 2021
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Alia Humaid Al Qassimi
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Birthplace: United Arab Emirates
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Emeline Horton Cleveland
(American Physician Who was One of the First Women to Perform Major Gynecological Surgery in the United States)
Emeline Horton Cleveland
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Birthdate: September 22, 1829
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ashford, Connecticut, United States
Died: December 8, 1878

Emeline Horton Cleveland created history by becoming the first female surgeon to successfully conduct gynecological surgery in the U.S. Initially aspiring to be a missionary, she changed her plans and began teaching, before furthering her medical career. She also introduced one of the first training courses for nurses in her country.