Dr. Alexa Canady

Dr. Alexa Canady is the first Black neurosurgeon in the U.S.
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Degree(s): Zoology, Doctor of Medicine

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Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan

Graduate Institution: University of Michigan Medical School

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Photo Credit: National Library of Medicine

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Dr. Alexa Canady is the first Black neurosurgeon in the U.S. (1981). The daughter of an educator and dentist. Dr. Canady was taught the importance of education at an early age. She was also the first Black surgical intern at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She specialized in pediatric neurosurgery, and after becoming the first Black female to be certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, she also became the chief of neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Canady also served as a professor at Wayne State University.

 

Fun Fact: Dr. Canady is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and her mother was a former national president of the sorority.

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