She spent her career breaking glass ceilings, but Dr. Alexa Canady didn’t realize the impact she had for a while as the first Black chief of Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
“I didn’t realize that until actually several years later, when I started doing talking to some kids. And I realized that it changed their perception of what was possible for them and that is really the most important part,” said Dr. Canady.
Canady spent her career caring for chronically ill children.
“You know them for 15 or 20, years, and some of them of course, some of them are rich, you see all kinds of families you see all the different ways that families work, and you learn that everybody has something to give. Everybody has something to teach you. And you need to listen to what they teach you,” she said.
Dr. Canady’s perspective as the first Black female neurosurgeon in the country and as chief of her department helped change the culture of medicine.
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