Born in Lansing, Michigan to parents who encouraged her scholastic pursuits, Dr. Alexa Canady quickly became an exceptional student, graduating from high school with honors.
As a student at the University of Michigan, a summer career program kicked off her interest in medicine, which would lead her to be the first Black neurosurgery resident and the first woman neurosurgeon.
At just 36 years old, Dr. Canady became the chief of pediatric neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.
Socioeconomic status didn’t matter to her. Dr. Canady worked hard to provide ALL the children of Detroit the highest level of attention and resources using patient-centered care.
She even raised money to provide food and cash assistance to impoverished patients.
Dr. Canady put in hard work for 15 years, and in 2001 Child magazine named the Children’s Hospital of Michigan among the “10 Best Children’s Hospitals in America!”
After retiring and moving to Florida, Dr. Canady saw there weren’t any neurosurgeons in the area - and decided to practice part-time!
Let’s exalt the amazing Dr. Canady, who has advanced pediatric neuroscience while giving her community the best in health care!