Black History Month: African-American Health Pioneers
Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown (1919–2004)
Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown was the first African-American woman surgeon in the South. Despite being raised in an orphanage, Brown excelled also becoming the chief of surgery at Nashville's Riverside Hospital and the first Black woman fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Brown also was in politics, being the first Black woman to serve in the Tennessee legislature.
(Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior)