Black people have influenced every facet of American culture and have made great strides in the advancement of every field of study! Medicine, science and technology, industry, business/finance, fine/performing arts, sports and more have all experienced “firsts” by black people in addition to other significant achievements and advances.
We want to take this opportunity during Black History Month to shed light on the accomplishments of some of those who have made a tremendous impact in the United States and around the world.
DR. ALEXA I. CANADY
This week, we celebrate Dr. Alexa I. Canady. At the age of 26, Alexa Canady became the first black female neurosurgeon in the United States when she was accepted as a resident at the University of Minnesota in 1981.
She has also served as chief of the neurosurgery department at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, has won the American Women’s Medical Association President’s Award and along with two other neurosurgeons, she invented and patented the “programmable antisiphon shunt” to treat hydrocephalus, an abnormal accumulation of fluid inside the brain.
Dr. Canady is currently semi-retired and a pediatric neurosurgeon at Sacred Heart Medical Group in Pensacola, Florida.