One hundred years of neurosurgery: contributions of American women

Jacquelyn Corley, Eliana Kim, Chris Ann Philips, Martina Stippler, Ann M. Parr, Jennifer Sweet, Gail Rosseau

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The end of the first 100 years of any endeavor is an appropriate time to look back and peer forward. As neurosurgery celebrates its 1st century as a specialty, the increasing role of women neurosurgeons is a major theme. This article documents the early women pioneers in neurosurgery. The contributions of these trailblazers to the origins, academics, and professional organizations of neurosurgery are highlighted. The formation of Women in Neurosurgery in 1989 is described, as is the important role this organization has played in introducing and promoting talented women in the profession. Contributions of women neurosurgeons to academic medicine and society as a whole are briefly highlighted. Contemporary efforts and initiatives indicate future directions in which women may lead neurosurgery in its 2nd century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-342
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021

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  • AANS
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • CNS
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Gender
  • Glass ceiling
  • History
  • NSA
  • Neurosurgical Society of America
  • SNS
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • WINS
  • Women in Neurosurgery

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