Samantha Tross

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Samantha Tross
Born (1968-06-30) 30 June 1968 (age 50)
Georgetown, Guyana
EducationMatthew Boulton College
University College, London
Known forBeing the first black female orthopaedic surgeon in Britain

Samantha Tross (born 30 June 1968) is a British consultant surgeon. She was the first black female orthopaedic surgeon in Britain and has been recognized in various lists of successful Britons.


Tross was born in Georgetown in Guyana in 1968 to Sammy and Gwendolin Tross. She was the second of four children[1] and she is said to have borrowed her brother's toys.[2] She attended primary school in Guyana. Her family moved to Britain when she was eleven,[3] because her father who worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat was given a post in Britain.[1] The secretariat is based at Marlborough House in London.[4]

Tross completed her education at private schools in Britain and then at Matthew Boulton College in Birmingham. She excelled at sport becoming the British national long jump champion for her age and she passed A-Levels in applied mathematics, chemistry and biology.[3] She took medicine at University College London, where she decided to become a surgeon.[1] This was an unusual course for a British woman. Only 11% of consultant surgeons in Britain are female.[5] She trained at various hospitals and completed her training in Orthopaedic surgery in 2004. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. She specialises in re-constructive hip and knee surgery.[1]

Tross's brief biography is included (in 2015) in the International Slavery Museum run by Liverpool Museums.[6] Tross is said to be one of the 100 most influential Black Britons; in 2011 and 2012 she was included in JP Morgan's Black Powerlist.[7] She was also included on the 2013 Power List, published by Lloyds Banking Group and Thomson Reuters.[8] Tross was the subject of a biography by Verna Wilkins in 2008.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Marjorie H. Morgan, Blog citing Caribbean Britain: The Cultural and Biographical Directory, Historical Geographies.
  2. ^ Samantha Tross - Surgeon, Verna Allette Wilkins, Booktopia. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b Michael Williams; A. A. D. (9 April 2014). Simply The Best. BIS Publications. pp. 7–. ISBN 978-1-903289-26-6.
  4. ^ Marlbough House is given by Queen, Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  5. ^ Sima Kotecha, "Female surgeons face 'hostile environment'", Today, BBC. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  6. ^ Samantha Tross, Liverpool Museums. Retrieved 22 November 2015
  7. ^ Samantha Tross First Black Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon, Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  8. ^ Lloyds Banking Group; Thomson Reuters (2013). "Samantha Tross". Power List 2013: Britain’s Most Influential Black People. London, England: Powerful Media Ltd.: 57. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  9. ^ Verna Wilkins (15 April 2008). Samantha Tross: Surgeon. Tamarind. ISBN 978-1-870516-48-8.