Historically, women have been underrepresented and unrecognized in Western society’s timeline of scientific discovery and medical innovation despite their contributions to the field. This trend slowly began to shift when the first wave of female medical graduates in the mid-1850s spurred an influx of women pursuing careers in medicine whose research contributions not only saved countless lives but also changed the course of modern medicine. In honor of Women’s History Month, CMHC spotlights notable female medical professionals whose historic contributions helped shape the practice of medicine and pave the way for future generations of women in the cardiometabolic specialty.
As a celebration of African American men and women, this Black History Month CMHC honors the unparalleled contributions to the field of cardiometabolic medicine by pioneers in health care and modern medicine. Not only have these medical professionals improved health care access for African Americans and promoted racial equality in hospitals and other institutions, but they have also been instrumental in the discovery of medical breakthroughs, novel surgical techniques, and other innovations advancing the practice of medicine. Below are some of the notable African American health care professionals that paved the way for future leaders in the field. Read more