A daughter of Simon and Ann (Murray) MacKenzie, she was born August 18, 1872, in Waterside, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada. MacKenzie led her class in surgery and graduated from Dalhousie University in 1904 as one of the university's earliest female doctors.
After working in Boston to raise tuition money to enable her sister Molly to also complete a medical degree from Dalhousie, MacKenzie left America in September 1904 and traveled to India to work as a medical missionary. In 1909, MacKenzie established the Broadwell Christian Hospital in Fatehpur, where MacKenzie and her sister Mary worked for many years. MacKenzie's tireless efforts helped control the cholera epidemic during the 1917 Kumbh Mela pilgrimage. MacKenzie dedicated over three decades to provide medical services to the poor and sick in India. In 1919, MacKenzie was awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind Medal for Public Service in India and in 1940, Dalhousie University awarded her an honorary LLD degree.
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- "Nursing in Mission Stations". American Journal of Nursing. 10 (4): 260. January 1910. ISSN 0002-936X.
The Missionary Link for December gives the following description by Dr. Mina MacKenzie of the dispensary at Fatehpur, India: Oar memorial dispensary has been completed, and gives us great satisfaction. The building is divided into four ...
- Canadiana – Volume 2 – Page 1143
- Mina, McKenzie (1914). "Saving the Boys and Girls of India". The Missionary Review of the World. 37 (4): 261. hdl:2027/mdp.39015010805607.
- "Dr. Mina Mackenzie Memorial Trust Fund". 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2019-10-06.