Pioneer in Health: Isabella Harrison

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Isabella Harrison, MD and Anthony Carter, MD

Isabella Harrison, MD, has always made bold decisions – she graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1938 with her degree in medicine and went on to become the first female surgical resident in the U.S. She served as a physician in the military, working for the Veteran’s Administration. So it comes as no surprise that after weighing her options, she decided that she would have surgery at the age of 95.

Harrison was in pain before her hip surgery. She could pivot from a bed to a wheelchair, but was unable to walk. After she met Anthony Carter, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate, she decided to have the surgery to enhance her quality of life.

“Doctors make great patients, ” said Dr. Carter. “They’re well-informed. Dr. Harrison was no different, and I was thrilled to perform an innovative procedure on a pioneer in health care.”

Dr. Carter employed a special procedure that limits the loss of blood and length of hospital stay and also speeds recovery. The less invasive approach allows patients to start walking again the same day. Isabella Harrison did just that.

“I didn’t want to live in pain anymore, and I trusted Dr. Carter’s expertise,” said Dr. Harrison. “Now, I’m able to walk again.”

One thought on “Pioneer in Health: Isabella Harrison

  1. Dr. Mercedes Graf

    Hi,
    I am an historian and author doing a book on WWII women Dcotor. Dr. Harrison is one of the women.

    I would like to get in touch with her to see if she has a picture of herself in uniform and find out what she did in postwar years.

    Would she be so kind as to respond.

    Dr. Mercedes Graf (author: Women Doctors in War, On the Field of Mercy)

    Thank you so much. Ph: 847 681-1710 or email mgraf1236@sbcglobalnet

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