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Notable Female Figures

Since 1860, New York Medical College (NYMC) has trained generations of students to deliver skilled and compassionate medical care. Rooted in this 157-year history is a legacy of inclusion and diversity. NYMC has always championed women and minority students, graduating many notable “firsts,” including the first male African American physician in the U.S., and the first female African American physician in New York State. Many more NYMC faculty and alumni have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of medical education, the practice of clinical medicine, and the improvement of communities they have served.


Elisabeth Bing  

Elizabeth Bing, M.D., (1914-2015)
Natural childbirth pioneer and co-founder of Lamaze International
Clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology

Geraldine Burton Branch, M.D. '36     Geraldine Burton Branch, M.D. '1936, (1908-2016)
Distinguished physician, educator and public health professional
    Anna Drakontides, Ph.D., (1933-2016)
Professor Emeritus of Cell Biology and Anatomy


Rita F. Girolamo, M.D. '51, (1927-2007)
Radiologist, student supporter and leader
Professor emeritus of radiology



Johanna Hagedoorn, Ph.D., (1921-2009)
Holocaust Rescuer/Chasidah
First female dean of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences
Professor of anatomy



Phyllis Harrison-Ross, M.D., (1936-2017)
Mental health pioneer
Professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences
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Catherine N. Hinterbuchner, M.D., (1927-2015)
College’s first female chair
Professor emeritus of rehabilitation medicine 
  Myra Adele Logan, M.S., M.D. '1933, (1908-1977)
First woman to perform open heart surgery and the first African-American woman elected a fellow of the American College of Surgeons; first recipient of the Walter Gray Crump Scholarship for Young Women

Clemence Sophia Harned Lozier, M.D. , (1813-1888)
Founder and dean, New York Medical College and Hospital for Women‌

  Margaret D. Smith, M.D., (1939–2010)
Senior associate dean, School of MedicineProfessor of clinical medicine
  Sheila M. Smythe, M.S., (1932-2003)
Public health leader
Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Executive Vice President
  Susan Smith McKinney Steward, M.D. '1870, (1847-1918)
First African-American female to earn a medical degree in New York state
  Emily Howard Jennings Stowe, M.D. '1867 (1831-1903)
First Canadian female to graduate with an M.D.

Jane Cooke Wright, M.D. '1945, (1919-2013)
Leader in anti-cancer treatments
First woman to be elected president of the New York Cancer Society.
First African-American women to be named associate dean of a nationally recognized medical institution. At the time, was the highest ranking African American woman at a U.S. medical school in 1967.

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