Ana Galvis Hotz

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Ana Galvis Hotz
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Born (1855-06-22)22 June 1855
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Died 2 November 1934(1934-11-02) (aged 79)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Alma mater University of Bern (MD, 1877)
Occupation Gynaecologist
Known for First Colombian female physician
Parent(s) Nicanor Galvis
Sophia Hotz

Ana Galvis Hotz (22 June 1855 — 2 November 1934) was the first Colombian woman to have obtained a medical degree as a Doctor of Medicine.

Ana was born on 22 June 1855 in Bogotá to Dr. Nicanor Galvis from Colombia,[1] and his wife Sophie Hotz from Switzerland. In April 1872 she enrolled at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern, becoming the first regular full-time student of the University,[2][3] where she obtained her degree as a Doctor of Medicine on 26 June 1877 with her dissertation titled Über Amnionepithel ([On the Amniotic Epithelial] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help));[2][1][4] she thus became not only the first Colombian female medical doctor, but also the first from Latin America or Spain, at a time when women could not even attend university in Colombia. On her return to Colombia she opened her own medical practice advertising her services as a "specialist on the diseases of the uterus and its surroundings"; therefore she is now also recognized as the first Colombian gynaecologist.[4]


  1. ^ a b Gómez Gutiérrez, Alberto (2000). "Ana Galvis Hotz: la primera mujer colombiana que obtuvo el doctorado en medicina" (PDF). Universitas médica (in Spanish). Bogotá: Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine. 41 (2): 113–14. ISSN 0041-9095. OCLC 316257938. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "The History of the University" (PDF). Bern: University of Bern. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Cacouault-Bitaud, Marlaine (2004). Rogers, Rebecca, ed. La mixité dans l'éducation, enjeux passés et présents (in French). Lyon: ENS. ISBN 9782847880618. OCLC 265839493. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Sánchez Torres, Fernando (1993). Historia de la ginecobstetricia en Colombia (in Spanish). Bogotá: Giro. pp. 117–142. OCLC 253230853. Retrieved 29 May 2013.