Amazing Woman: Alexa Irene Canady MD
Alexa Irene Canady MD, First African-American and First Female Neurosurgeon.
You may never have heard of the incredibly accomplished Alexa Irene Canady, who was both the first female neurosurgeon and the first African-American neurosurgeon in the United States.
In 1984, Canady officially made history when she became the first black person and the first woman to be certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. By 1987, she was Chief of Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Michigan, where she worked as a pediatric neurosurgeon, and continued in that role until her retirement in 2001. But after a move to Florida, she learned she was the only pediatric neurosurgeon in the Pensacola area, so she came out of retirement to begin practicing again and serving her community as a part-time surgeon.