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Alexa Irene Canady

The greatest challenge I faced in becoming a neurosurgeon was believing it was possible” 

Alexa Irene Canady

On November 5, 1950 Dr. Alexa Irene Canady retired American medical doctor specializing in pediatric neurosurgery is born. She was born in Lansing, Michigan and earned both her bachelors and medical degree from the University of Michigan. (Wikipedia) Canady received her MD from the University of Michigan in 1975, graduating with distinction and being elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Training in neurosurgery under Dr. Shelley Chou from 1976-1981 at the University of Minnesota, she became the program’s first female graduate. Following residency, she trained as a pediatric neurosurgery fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 1984, Canady became the first African-American woman certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. 

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