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Famous Female Surgeons

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. 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 Susan Ó Briain to Anushka Bhasin.

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?"


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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
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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 practice ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 87 (1832-1919)
    • Birthplace: Oswego, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Surgeon
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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 been ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 85 (1919-2004)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Physician, Surgeon, Writer, Teacher
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist, Physician, Surgeon
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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 the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 51 (1913-1964)
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
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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 2013, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Iganga, Uganda
    • Profession: Politician, Physician, Surgeon
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    Susan Lim is a Singaporean surgeon who performed the first successful liver transplant in Singapore in 1990. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Singapore
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Scientist, Surgeon
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    Margrethe P. Rask, better known as Grethe Rask, was a Danish physician and surgeon in Zaïre. After setting up her own hospital in a village called Abumombazi in 1972, she transferred to Danish Red Cross Hospital in Kinshasa in 1975. She returned to Denmark in 1977 after developing symptoms of an unknown ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 47 (1930-1977)
    • Birthplace: Thisted, Denmark
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
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    Jennie Robertson was a Canadian physician and the first female surgeon in Canada. Born as Jane Smillie in Hensall, Ontario, she was the fourth child of Benjamin Smillie and his wife, Jane Smillie. The family farm was in the Huron Tract on lot 10, concession 1, in the township of Tuckersmith, one mile ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 103 (1878-1981)
    • Birthplace: Hensall, Ontario, Canada
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
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    Marci Lee Bowers is an American gynecologist who operated a surgical practice in Trinidad, Colorado. She moved her practice to San Mateo, California, in December 2010. Bowers is viewed as an innovator in the field of transgender surgery, as well as a pioneer, being the first trans woman to be performing ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
    • Credits: Sex Change Hospital
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    Victoria "Vicki" G. Belo is a Filipino dermatologist and television personality. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Philippines
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
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    Lucille Teasdale-Corti, CM GOQ was a Canadian physician, surgeon and international aid worker, who worked in Uganda and contributed to the development of medical services in the country. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 67 (1929-1996)
    • Birthplace: Montréal-Est, Canada
    • Profession: Surgeon
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    Dr. Dame Louisa Brandreth Aldrich-Blake, DBE was one of the first British women to enter the world of medicine. Born in Chingford, Essex, the daughter of a rector, she moved with her family to Welsh Bicknor. She graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine for Women in 1893. She went on to ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 60 (1865-1925)
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
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    Elizabeth Sinclair Miller is a British physician, surgeon, campaigner and writer noted for her outspoken stance on mental health, and bipolar disorder in particular. Although she has a long history of television and radio appearances, she came to public prominence in Stephen Fry's Emmy Award-winning ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Bedford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon, Writer
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    Khristinn Kellie Leitch PC MP O.Ont, FRCS is the Canadian Member of Parliament for the riding of Simcoe—Grey elected in the 2011 federal election. She succeeded Member of Parliament Helena Guergis, who was dismissed from the Conservative Party caucus. Following her election, Leitch was appointed as the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
    • Profession: Surgeon
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    Helen Mary Mayo, OBE was an Australian medical doctor and medical educator, born and raised in Adelaide. In 1896, she enrolled at the University of Adelaide, where she studied medicine. After graduating, Mayo spent two years working in infant health in England, Ireland and India. She returned to ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 89 (1878-1967)
    • Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
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    Jessica Kandel is the Surgeon-in-Chief, http://www.uchicagokidshospital.org The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital], Mary Campau Ryerson Professor of Surgery and Chief, Section of Pediatric Surgery, and the Vice-Chair for Pediatric Surgical Services. Kandel graduated Summa Cum ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
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    Eleni Theocharous is a Cypriot pediatric surgeon and politician who is a member of christian democratic party Democratic Rally. She was elected to the European Parliament in 2009 and re-elected in 2014. Between 2001 and 2009, Theocharous was a member House of Representatives of Cyprus for the Limassol ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Limassol, Cyprus
    • Profession: Politician, Surgeon
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    Dr Honoria Somerville Keer, MBChB was a British surgeon during World War I, where she served as Assistant Medical Officer with the Girton and Newnham Unit of the Scottish Women's Hospital for Foreign Service. Dr Keer received the Croix de Guerre and Médaille d'Honneur and the Order of St. Sava medals ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1883-1969)
    • Birthplace: Cheshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Surgeon
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