Jennie Smillie Robertson
|Jane "Jennie" Smillie Robertson|
Jennie Smillie, n.d.
February 10, 1878
Hensall, Ontario, Canada
|Died||February 26, 1981(aged 103)|
|Resting place||Mount Pleasant Cemetery|
|Occupation||Physician and surgeon|
|Known for||First female surgeon in Canada|
Jennie Robertson (February 10, 1878 – February 26, 1981) was a Canadian physician and the first female surgeon in Canada.
Born as Jane Smillie in Hensall, Ontario, she was the fourth child of Benjamin Smillie (1839–1886) and his wife, Jane Smillie (née Buchanan) (1849–1906). The family farm was in the Huron Tract on lot 10, concession 1, in the township of Tuckersmith, one mile north of what is now Hensall, Ontario. She initially became a teacher. She started saving so that she could attend Kingston’s Ontario Medical College for Women (which was absorbed into the University of Toronto’s medical school in 1906).
She graduated in 1909 but no hospital in Toronto would take her for her residency so she had to attend Philadelphia's Women's Medical College. In 1911, she returned to Canada and was the first woman in Canada to perform surgery. She was also the first woman to do major gynecological surgery in Canada.
- "Builders and Pioneers". University of Toronto.
- "Dr. Jennie Smillie Robertson Woman surgeon was first to enter practice in Canada". The Globe and Mail. March 3, 1981.
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