Medical Assistant Week: Famous Medical Assistants

Medical Assistant Week: Famous Medical Assistants

Medical Assistants Recognition Week is observed the third full week in October. One of the fastest-growing careers in the nation, medical assistants make medical offices run more smoothly.  They also play an instrumental role to overall quality patient care.

 

Alphonse Laveranmedical assistant week

 

Born:  1845

Died: 1922

Origin:   France

 

French doctor Alphonse Laveran, who discovered the cause of malaria and later won the 1907 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, started out as a medical assistant working as an ambulance officer during the Franco-German War.

Since 1900, he especially studied the trypanosomes and published, either independently or in collaboration with others, a large number of papers on these blood parasites.

 

 


medical assistant weekMaria Montessori 

 

Born: :  1870

Died:  1952

Origin:  Italy

 

Known primarily as an educator who created the influential Montessori method of education emphasizing child-centric, practical learning, Maria Montessori was also Italy’s first female doctor, and she worked during her youth as a medical assistant in Florence.

Soon after this accomplishment she was promoted to surgical assistant at Santo Spirito, where she had worked previously as a medical assistant. She continued research at the University of Rome, joining the university staff in 1897.

 

 


Harald zur Hausenmedical assistant week

 

Born: : 1936

Origin:  German

 

Winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering the role of papilloma viruses, German doctor Harald zur Hausen worked as a medical assistant shortly after earning his medical degree from the University of Düsseldorf in 1960.

 


 

medical assistant weekBrittany Smith

 

 

Born:  1990

Origin:  United States

 

The 2013 winner of the Miss Illinois title (earning her entry into the Miss America pageant), Brittany Smith graduated from Purdue University in 2012 with a degree in Health & Kinesiology and currently works as a medical assistant. .

 

 

*Source: Wikipedia