Jane Wright

When she was appointed associate dean and head of the Cancer Chemotherapy Department at New York Medical College in 1967, Dr. Jane Wright was the highest ranking African-American woman in a U.S. medical institution.

Virginia Apgar

Dr. Virginia Apgar studied medicine at Columbia, became a professor there focused on anesthesiology, and also created the Apgar Score for newborns.

Mae Jemison

Fifty years ago, audiences met the crew of the Starship Enterprise when Star Trek premiered. The cast inspired a generation, including physician, dancer, and astronaut Mae Jemison.

Mary Putnam Jacobi

Dr. Mary Putnam Jacobi was the first woman to become a member of the Academy of Medicine, but the road to that acceptance wasn’t an easy one.

Alyson McGregor

Dr. Alyson McGregor is examining how sex and gender differences impact emergency medical care and the overall health of women and working on communicating these differences to medical professionals and the public.

Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was one of the key individuals to expose lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan and bring attention to the contamination in the water supply.

Antonia Novello

Dr. Antonia Novello was appointed Surgeon General of the United States in 1990, becoming the first woman and first Hispanic to serve in that role.

Isabel Morgan

Isabel Morgan’s work was a critical step in the journey toward a killed-virus polio vaccine.

Anna Wessels Williams

In her first year of working at the New York City’s Department of Health diagnostic laboratory, Dr. Anna Wessels Williams would change the world.

Ruth E. Dayhoff

Ruth E. Dayhoff is a licensed physician and a pioneer in the field of bioinformatics

Georgeanna Seegar Jones

July 25th marks the birth of the first child conceived using in vitro fertilization, or IVF, to couple in England. The first American child born by IVF was thanks to the team of Dr. Georgeanna Seegar Jones and her pioneering career in obstetrics and reproductive health.

Frances Oldham Kelsey

Bringing the same rigorous standards used in high quality academic research institutions to the FDA, Dr. Frances Kelsey stopped the drug thalidomide from causing serve birth defects in American children and changed the drug approval process at the same time.

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