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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 on Wikipedia

Age: 51

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 practice didn't do well and she volunteered with the Union Army at the outbreak of the American Civil War and served as a surgeon. Women and sectarian physicians were not even considered for the Union Army Examining Board because they were unfit, let alone someone who met both of those qualifications. She was captured by Confederate forces after crossing enemy lines to treat wounded civilians and ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. 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 been elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. 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 University of Western Australia and Director of the McComb Research Foundation. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 61

Birthplace: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, Australia

Profession: Professor, Scientist, Physician, Surgeon

Schools: University of Western Australia

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