Dr. Helen O. Dickens

Dr. Helen O. Dickens was the first Black woman to be admitted to the American College of Surgeons.

Degree(s): N/A, Doctor of Medicine

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Undergraduate Institution:  Malcolm X College

Graduate Institution:  NIH

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Photo Credit: New York Amsterdam News

Dr. Helen O. Dickens was the first Black woman to be admitted to the American College of Surgeons. The daughter of a former slave, Dr. Dickens became an obstetrician/gynecologist who specialized in teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. She also spearheaded the use of pap tests to detect cervical cancer.

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