Sarah E. Stewart, the first woman to graduate from Georgetown University's Medical School
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Dr. Sarah Stewart (1906-1976) graduated from Georgetown's Medical School in 1949, the first woman to do so. She earned a B.S. from New Mexico State University, a M.S. from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, before taking a position as an instructor in the Georgetown Medical School in 1944. At that time, the School was not accepting women as regular students. When that policy changed in 1947, she enrolled. She went on to a long and distinguished career in the field of cancer research and was twice nominated for a Nobel Prize. She was serving on the Georgetown faculty as Professor of Pathology at the time of her death.
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