At the time you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Averil did know it and she became what she wanted to be

Averil Mansfield

She was born in the United Kingdom on June 21, 1937. Since she was a child, she felt very attracted to science and medicine. In 1960, she graduated as a doctor from the University of Liverpool. At age 35, she became a vascular surgeon. But it was not until 1993, when working at St Mary’s Hospital, she was appointed Professor of Surgery, being the first women in the United Kingdom to possess that rank. At that time, there were just 75 women surgeons.

Averil was also the first female Chairman of a Department of Surgery in the UK; She was the first elected Chairman, Court of Examiners Royal College of Surgeons of England.

After she retired in 2003, she learned to play the cello and she is also a good pianist.

1000 Londoners (May 11, 2017) Averil, Londoner #211, the first female professor of surgery in the UK


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