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Friday, 24 October 2014

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " ALEXA CANADY " IS A MEDICAL DOCTOR, SPECIALIZING IN NEUROSURGERY AND THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO BECOME A NEUROSURGEON WHICH SHE DID IN 1981 GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS ":

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Alexa Canady
BornNovember 7, 1950 (age 63)
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Other namesAlexa Irene Canady
EducationUniversity of Michigan
OccupationPediatric neurosurgeon, educator
Years active1981–present
Known forfirst African American woman in the United States to become a neurosurgeon
Alexa Canady (born November 7, 1950) is a medical doctor specializing in neurosurgery. She is widely noted as the first African-American woman to become a neurosurgeon, which she did in 1981.[1]

Early life and education

Alexa Irene Canady was born in Lansing, Michigan to Elizabeth Hortense (Golden) Canady (former national president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority)[2] and Dr. Clinton Canady, Jr., a dentist. She was nominated as a National Achievement Scholar in 1967.[3]
Dr. Canady attended the University of Michigan where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta and received her B.S. degree in zoology in 1971. She later received her M.D. with cum laude honors [4] from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1975. After that, she became a surgical intern at the Yale-New Haven Hospital from 1975 until 1976. She went on to become the first African American woman neurosurgery resident in the US when she began her residency at the University of Minnesota.[5] She became Chief of Neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital of Michigan in 1987 until her retirement in 2001, specialising in congenital spinal abnormalities, hydrocephalus, trauma and brain tumors.[6]
Canady was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1989.[7] Canady received the American Medical Women’s Association President’s Award in 1993 and in 1994 the Distinguished Service Award from Wayne State University Medical School.[8]
She has also been awarded three honorary degrees - doctor of humane letters honorary degrees from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1997 and Roosevelt University in 2014, and a doctor of science from the University of Southern Connecticut in 1999.[9]