A note from Dr. Daniel Clarke-Pearson, Robert A. Ross Professor and Chair, acknowledging this national day.


February 3 is National Women Physicians Day, a day that recognizes female doctors across the nation and the strides they have made since Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell received the first medical degree in the United States in 1849.

I am proud to recognize and thank the amazing women physicians in our UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I want to acknowledge the trails many of you have blazed – and continue to blaze! – in the fields of medicine, education and research, and within your professional organizations.

Gender equality in medicine encourages better health outcomes for all patients. Of course there is still work to be done.

I also applaud our female physicians’ mentorship of female doctors, for promoting the development of young female faculty and, as always, advancing the healthcare of women across the North Carolina and beyond.

With deepest gratitude,
Dan Clarke-Pearson