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List of famous female surgeons, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female surgeons list contains the most prominent and top females known for being surgeons. You might also be interested in famous female doctors and famous male cardiac surgeons. There are thousand of females working as surgeons in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic surgeons have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a surgeon then the people below should give you inspiration.

People here include everyone from Mary Edwards Walker and Dorothy Lavinia Brown.

While this isn't a list of all female surgeons, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female surgeons?" and "Who are the best female surgeons?"

Debi Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Surgeons
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Debra Janine Thomas is an American figure skater and physician. She is the 1986 World champion, two-time U.S. national champion and 1988 Olympic bronze medalist. Her rivalry with East Germany's Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, became known as the Battle of the Carmens. ...more

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Physician, Surgeon

Schools: Stanford University, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Mary Edwards Walker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Surgeons
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Mary Edwards Walker was an American feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, alleged spy, prisoner of war and surgeon. As of 2015, she is the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor. Prior to the American Civil War she earned her medical degree, married and started a medical practice. The ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1832-1919)

Birthplace: Oswego, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Surgeon

Schools: State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse Medical College

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Dorothy Lavinia Brown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Surgeons
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Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown, also known as "Dr. D.", was an African-American surgeon, legislator, and teacher. She was the first female surgeon of African-American ancestry from the Southeastern United States. She was also the first African American to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly having ...more

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Age: Died at 85 (1919-2004)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Politician, Physician, Surgeon, Writer Teacher

Schools: Bennett College, Meharry Medical College

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Fiona Wood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Surgeons
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Fiona Melanie Wood, AM is a British born plastic surgeon working in Perth, Western Australia. She is the director of the Royal Perth Hospital burns unit and the Western Australia Burns Service. In addition, Wood is also a Clinical Professor with the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the ...more

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, Australia

Profession: Professor, Scientist, Physician, Surgeon

Schools: University of Western Australia

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Regina Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Surgeons
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Regina Marcia Benjamin is an American physician and a former vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who served as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. Benjamin previously directed a nonprofit primary care medical clinic in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and served on ...more

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Age: 59

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Physician, Surgeon

Schools: Fairhope High School, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Morehouse School of Medicine, University of Alabama School of Medicine A.B. Freeman School of Business, + more

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Mary S. Sherman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Surgeons
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Mary Stults Sherman was an orthopedic surgeon and cancer researcher in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her murder has been included in several conspiracy theories. ...more

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Age: Died at 51 (1913-1964)

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Physician, Surgeon

Schools: Northwestern University, University of Chicago

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Specioza Kazibwe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Surgeons
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Specioza Naigaga Wandira Kazibwe, is a Ugandan surgeon and politician. She is also referred to as "Nnalongo", because of her twin daughters. She was Vice President of Uganda from 1994 to 2003. She was the first woman in Africa to hold the position of vice-president of a sovereign nation. In August ...more

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Age: 60

Birthplace: Iganga, Uganda

Nationality: Uganda

Profession: Politician, Physician, Surgeon

Schools: Harvard School of Public Health, Mount Saint Mary's College Namagunga, Harvard University, Makerere University School of Medicine

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Susan Lim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Surgeons
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Susan Lim is a Singaporean surgeon who performed the first successful liver transplant in Singapore in 1990. ...more

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Birthplace: Singapore

Nationality: Singapore

Profession: Entrepreneur, Scientist, Surgeon

Schools: Monash University, University of Cambridge, Raffles Institution

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