European women in neurosurgery: I – A chronology of trailblazers

Silvia Hernández-Durán*, Mary Murphy, Eliana Kim, Noora Al-Shehhi, Marike Broekman, Mania de Praeter, Annie Dubuisson, Évelyne Emery, Nurperi Gazioglu, Rachel Grossman, Insa Katrin Janssen, Maria Karampouga, Lika Khorbaladze, Xanthoula Lambrianou, Laura Lippa, Hulda Magnadottir, Stiliana Mihaylova, Ermira Pajaj, Katrin Rabiei, Ana Rodríguez-HernándezAnastasia Tasiou, Pia Vayssiere, Gail Rosseau

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Neurosurgery as a distinct speciality has been around for 100 years. Some of the earliest women neurosurgeons were European, emerging from the 1920′s onwards. Here we detail the rise of women in neurosurgery across Europe with a decade by decade account of big events and firsts across the continent. The emerging themes are seen in stories of pioneers with enormous resilience, camaraderie, trailblazing and triumphing in a system with great obstacles and challenges. Our journey through this chronology brings us to the modern day, where most European countries have or have had a woman neurosurgeon and the future for women in neurosurgery in the continent is very bright.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-323
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
StatePublished - Apr 2021


FundersFunder number
Institut für Medizin und Kommunikation AG
Queens School, Chester
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie SGNC
Société Suisse de Neurochirurgie SSNC


    • Chronology
    • History
    • Pioneer
    • Trailblazer
    • Women in European Neurosurgery
    • Women in neurosurgery


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