October 7, 2021
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The rise of women in medicine and neurology is marked by pioneering women. This talk will review the lives of such women including Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States in 1753. Dr. Grace Elizabeth “Betty” Clements is among those with a barrier-breaking path as she became the first woman trainee at the Mayo Clinic to solely practice neurology. Her journey to neurology included serving as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) flying missions as part of the atomic bomb project during World War II. In Europe, Dr. Denise Louis-Bar’s career was disrupted by World War II but led to the description of the eponymous ‘Louis-Bar Syndrome’ of ataxia telangiectasia. Many of these physicians faced extraordinary circumstances to pave the way for women in medicine and neurology.
About the speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Coon is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is fellowship training in Movement Disorders and Autonomic Disorders. She currently serves as the Autonomic Disorders Fellowship Director and Vice-Chair of Autonomic Disorders for the American Academy of Neurology. She was awarded the AAN Lawrence C. McHenry Award for excellence in history of neurology research for her work on Denise Louis-Bar.
The annual Herbert Rosenbaum Memorial History of Neurology lecture is sponsored by the OHSU Department of Neurology and coordinated by OHSU Library.