Updated: 2/19/2021

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  • It all started in East Lansing, Michigan on November 7, 1950
  • I attended the College of Medicine at the University of Michigan
  • I was accepted as a surgical intern at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1975 being the first black women ever.
  • In 1982, I became the first African-American women to be a neurosurgeon
  • “The greatest challenge I faced in becoming a neurosurgeon was believing it was possible,”
  • In 1986, I received a Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
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  • In 1989, I was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1989
  • I moved to Florida for retirement however, when I learned there were no pediatric neurosurgeons in my immediate area, I began to practice part-time at Pensacola’s Sacred Heart Hospital.