The Distinguished Professorship was established to recognize the enormous contributions Dr. Wilkerson made to her specialty during her 53-year career.
“Dr. Annie” was the first woman to complete her internship and residency at Rex Hospital. She began her private practice, Wilkerson Obstetrics and Gynecology in Raleigh, in 1940 and served as a mentor to many women physicians. Over her career, she delivered more than 8,000 babies.
Dr. Wilkerson died on September 14, 2005, at the age of 91. She received many honors and awards, including: Tar Heel of the Week in 1961 and 1995; Distinguished Physician of Merit Award from Rex Hospital; Distinguished Service Award from the UNC School of Medicine in 1997; Outstanding Medical Alumna from the Medical College of Virginia in 1998; Community Health Hero Award from Rex Cancer Center in 2005; City of Raleigh Hall of Fame; the North Carolina Award; and she served on many community boards and committees. She was a respected community leader.
Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson was a major influence in women’s health care in our region and left a legacy that will be carried on by Dr. Connolly.