Black Women in History

canady by . Dr. Alexa Canady, Neurosurgeon/Educator

Dr. Canady is the first female African American neurosurgeon in the United States. From 1981 until her retirement in 2001 she specialized in pediatric neurosurgery. As the daughter of a dentist and an educator the value of hard work and learning was instilled in her early on. She graduated high school with honors and completed medical with cum laude recognition. Although some advisors discouraged her to pursue neurology, she continued working toward her dream. Canady has been inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and has received the American Medical Women’s Association President’s Award.

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