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Title: Dorothy Lavinia Brown

Dorothy Lavinia Brown
  • Black Women Surgeon

Dorothy Lavinia BrownWho is she?
  • Not a research scientist
  • Not a nurses aid
  • But
  • The First Black Women Surgeon in the South who
    was and is and inspiration to many

Dorothy Lavinia Brown
  • Born on January 7, 1919 in Philadelphia
  • Parents Edna and Kevin Thomas Brown
  • She was placed in Troy Orphanage in New York at
    the age of 5 months
  • Stayed there until she was 12 years old
  • A tonsillectomy at the age of 5 -she knew she
    wanted to be a doctor

Dorothy Lavinia Brown
  • At the age of 12 her mother takes her out of the
  • Worked as a maid, dry cleaner, and in laundry for
    the Jarrett family
  • Instead of working wants to be educated
  • Reads the books in the Jarrett family library
  • Learns Algebra, Latin, and Chemistry
  • Finished grade school and high school in Troy,
    New York

Dorothy Lavinia Brown
  • Lives with her foster parents Samuel and Lola
  • Encouraged her artistic talent instead of
  • The Methodists Womens Group in Troy help her get
    money/scholarship to go to college
  • She attends Bennett College in Greensboro, North
  • Encourage her to teach instead of medicine

Dorothy Lavinia Brown
  • Obtained a Bachelor of the Arts degree in 1941
  • After college she worked as an inspector for the
    Rochester Army Ordinance Department
  • In 1944 She entered Meharry Medical School
  • In 1948 she received her Medical Degree
  • Followed by one year internship at Harlem
  • Wanted to do her residency at Harlem but was
  • 5 years of residency in general surgery at
    Meharry Medical School and George W. Hubbard
    Hospital (Nashville Tennessee)

Dorothy Lavinia Brown.Never Gives Up
  • She decided she wanted to finish her surgical
    residency at Meharry Medical
  • Other male doctors/colleagues did not like the
    idea of a women on their team
  • Dr. Matthew Walker chief of surgery at Meharry
    agreed to give her a position
  • He was impressed by her determination
  • Gave her the nickname Dorothy Mule Brown

Dorothy Lavinia Brown
  • Chief surgery of Riverside Hospital -1957
  • Clinical Professor of surgery of Meharry Medical
    College in 1965
  • 1971-73 Director of Student of Health Service at
  • Other Activities...
  • Consultant for the national Heart-Lung Blood
    Advisory Council
  • Advisory Board of the Salvation Army

Dorothy Lavinia BrownInspiration to many
  • Lectures Nationally
  • Role Model
  • Tells children that dreams come true and
    anything is possible

Dorothy Lavinia BrownHer Obstacles
  • After working for the Jarrett Family in Albany
    New York she moves back to Troy and has no place
    to live and no money
  • Before starting college she has no money to pay
    for school
  • Teachers, parents and foster parents, and
    advisors discouraged her from medicine
  • Unaccepted by other male colleagues
  • Woman-Black-Poor
  • Not physically, intellectually, nor emotionally
    fit to perform surgery

Dorothy Lavinia BrownThere is a first time for
  • Finally in 1954 she became the first black
    surgeon in the south
  • Other Firsts
  • First unmarried women in the state of Tennessee
    to adopt
  • First women to be elected to the Tennessee

Dorothy Lavinia BrownThe Politician
  • 1966 was the first black women to be elected in
    the Tennessee State Legislature Fifth District
  • She wanted to liberalize state abortion laws
  • She wanted to legalized abortion for victims of
    rape and incest
  • She was criticized be her male colleagues
  • The Bill did not pass but
  • Promoted a Bill that established Negro History
    Week in Tennessee
  • Eventually leads to the creation of Black History

Dorothy Lavinia BrownAwards
  • American College of Medicine
  • Nashville Academy of Medicine
  • R.F. Boyd Medical Society
  • National Medical Association
  • Award of Outstanding Achievement-Delta Sigma
    Theta Sorority 1963
  • Outstanding Citizen
  • Women of the Year
  • Womens building at Meharry Medical College named
    after her
  • Honorary Doctor of Science-Russell Sage
  • American College of Surgeons