Safiye Ali

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Safiye Ali
Safiye Ali.jpg
Born 1891
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Died 1952
Education Robert College
Known for First female Turkish doctor
Medical career
Profession Physician
Institutions Istanbul

Safiye Ali (1891–1952) was the first Turkish woman to become a medical doctor. She was a graduate of Robert College in Istanbul. She treated the soldiers in the Turkish War of Independence, the Balkan Wars, and in World War I[citation needed]. She studied medicine in Germany in 1916, and opened her office in Istanbul in 1922.[1][2][3]


Her name is given to a family health center in Istanbul.[4]


  1. ^ Abadan-Unat, Kandiyoti & Kıray 1981, 9
  2. ^ Arda 2009, 11.
  3. ^ Davis 1986, 266.
  4. ^ "İstanbul Sağlık Müdürlüğü". Retrieved 2015-11-08.