UNC-OB-GYN says 'thank you' on National Women Physicians Day

For the second time, the U.S. is recognizing Feb. 3 as National Women Physicians Day.

In honor of National Women Physicians Day, Dr. Daniel Clarke-Pearson, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said he was proud to lead a department where more than half the physicians on our staff are female.

"The contributions of female physicians in our department are essential to our success. Women physicians lead our divisions and in our professional associations, spearhead new initiatives in our clinical spaces, ORs and in medical education, change lives with groundbreaking research and mentor one another, as well as our residents and fellows," said. Dr. Clarke-Pearson. "Their dedication to the advancement of women's health, as well as the advancement of this profession, make me proud to work among them."

This day marks the birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States in 1849. Dr. Blackwell initiated the movement that helped women gain entry and equality in the field of medicine.

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