March is recognized as Women’s History Month which celebrates the contributions women have made to our society. It’s a time to remind ourselves of the accomplishment’s women have made throughout the years. From science to politics, it’s a time to reflect on the trailblazing women who lead the way for change. Learning and the understanding the significance of women’s history can inspire change for the future. Midtown Medical Center celebrates Women’s History Month by spotlighting trailblazers within the medical field from the past to the present.

Photos provided by: Elizabeth Blackwell – Time Magazine, Gerty Cori – Association of American Medical Colleges, Ann Preston – Women in Medicine Magazine

Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) Elizabeth Blackwell is best known as the first woman to earn a medical degree (MD) in the US. Blackwell played an important role in both the US and UK as social awareness and moral reformer and promoted education for women in medicine through her inspirational book “Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women”.

Gerty Cori (1896-1957) Gerty Theresa Cori was an Austro-Hungarian-American biochemist who in 1947 was the third woman to win a Nobel Prize in science and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for her significant role in the “discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen”. 

Ann Preston (1813-1872) Ann Preston, MD, in 1866, became the first female dean of a US-based medical school. Like Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, she dedicated her career to the care of patients and the provision of opportunities for women to study medicine.

Photos provided by: Susan La Flesche Picotte – Nevada Indian Commission, Virginia Apgar – Changing the Face of Medicine – NIH, Gertrude Belle Elion – MSU Chemistry – Michigan State University

Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915) In 1889, Susan La Flesche Picotte became the first Native American woman to receive a medical degree, 35 years before Native Americans were recognized as US citizens.

Virginia Apgar (1909-1974) Virginia Apgar was an American physician, obstetrical anesthesiologist, and medical researcher, best known as the inventor of the Apgar Score, a way to quickly assess the health of a newborn child immediately after birth in order to combat infant mortality.

Gertrude Belle Elion (1918-1999) Gertrude “Trudy” Belle Elion was an American biochemist and pharmacologist, who shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with George H. Hitchings and Sir James Black for their use of innovative methods of rational drug design for the development of new drugs.

Photos provided by: Rosalind Franklin – Pikara Magazine, Antonia Novello – Changing the Face of Medicine – NIH, Nancy Dickey – University of Kansas Medical Center

Rosalind Franklin, Chemist (1920-1958)
Rosalind Elise Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, virsuses, coal, and graphite.

Dr. Antonia Novello (1944-)
In 1990, Antonia Novello, MD, became the first woman and the first person of Hispanic origin to become the Surgeon General of the United States. Following her role as Surgeon General, Dr. Novello became a special representative to the United Nations Children’s Fund, a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins School of Health and Hygiene, and New York State’s Commissioner of Health.

Dr. Nancy Dickey (1950-)
In 1998, Nancy Dickey, MD, became the first female president of the American Medical Association (AMA). As president, Dr. Dickey proposed the patient’s bill of rights.

Photos provided by: Danielle Jones – @mamadoctorjones –, Jennifer Lincoln – @drjenniferlincoln –, Natalie Crawford – @nataliecrawfordmd –

Danielle “Mamma Doctor” Jones, MD is a Board Certified OBGYN based out of Austin, Texas. She is considered a pioneer in the current trend of doctors, particularly OBGYNs, developing social media brands to share medical information specifically for women’s health. She has been using social media for years to share medical advice.

Jennifer Lincoln, MD is an OB Hospitalist, an obstetrician whose sole focus is caring for pregnant women in the hospital. She is also a Board Certified OBGYN based out of Portland, Oregon. She creates educational videos from periods to painful sex to birth control and miscarriage.

Natalie Crawford, MD is a Board Certified OBGYN based out of Austin, Texas. She is passionate about education and promotes fertility awareness through social media and community outreach.

Photos provided by: Jennifer Caudle – @drjencaudle – Philadelphia Style Magazine, Heidi Goodarzi – @drheidigoodarzi – Yelp/drheidigoodarzi, Michelle Henry – @drmichellehenry – MD Newsline

Jennifer Caudle, MD is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine. She appears as a regular on-air health expert for local and national news networks, including The TODAY Show, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, FOX News, Rachael Ray Show, Steve Harvey Show, Fox 29 Philadelphia News, PBS, and many others. ​

Heidi Goodarzi M.D is a board-certified dermatologist based out of Orange County, CA. She utilizes her social media platform to deliver skin-care tips and answer FAQs about cosmetic procedures.

Michelle Henry, MD is a board-certified dermatologist based out of New York City, NY. She utilizes her social media platform to discuss, health, beauty, and skincare issues for all skin types. She has been featured in several media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, Good Morning America, and Essence Magazine.

Photos provided by: Barbara Dominguez –, Tannaz Modaresi –, Rosemarie Russo –

Dr. Barbara Dominguez founded Dominguez Chiropractic as a premier chiropractic clinic. Since that time, Dr. Dominguez has grown the practice to four clinics and has emerged as a community leader on health and wellness. She has been featured by Univision, CNN en Español, Atlanta Magazine, Mundo Hispánico, Latin American Association, and Vida 1010 AM.

Dr. Tannaz Modaresi is the founder and owner of Injury & Wellness Specialists of Georgia. She graduated from Life University in 2010 with a Doctorate of Chiropractor. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Dr. Modaresi is a state board Certified Chiropractor and is also Certified in Physical Therapy Modalities. She is also an active member of the Georgia Chiropractic Association.

Rosemarie Russo has been practicing chiropractic care in Douglas County since 1993. She is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and graduated from Old Dominion University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude in Health and Physical Education. After teaching high school in Virginia, she attended Life College and graduated in 1992 with a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. Currently, Dr. Russo is a member of the Georgia Chiropractic Association, International Pediatric Chiropractic Association, and the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Russo has dedicated her life to natural healthcare and wellness, a philosophy she passes along to all of her patients.

About Midtown Medical

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