Besides making history, Dr. Penelope Adinku has been shattering the glass ceiling that will shape the paradigms of young girls for generations.
In 2022, Dr. Penelope Adinku made history as the first-ever female cardiothoracic surgeon in Ghana. The young, gifted, and brilliant doctor continued to make history as she completed her first heart surgery successfully on a 6-Year-Old.
The amazing Doctor is yet in the news again, having been crowned as the 2022 Best Candidate in Cardiothoracic Surgery in West Africa. “Congratulations Dr. Penelope Adinku, Ghana’s first female Cardiothoracic Surgeon and a staff member of the National Cardiothoracic Centre, on being crowned the 2022 Best Candidate in Cardiothoracic Surgery in West Africa,” the official Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Twitter account wrote on their page.
This accomplishment paves the path for women in a quest to become cardiothoracic surgeons.
While challenges for women pursuing STEM programs could be daunting, Dr. Adinku has shown that it is possible.
“Dr. Penelope Adinku feels it has taken so long for Ghana to have its first female cardiothoracic surgeon because of the demanding nature of the specialty, which makes it difficult for women to balance work and family obligations,” Leading Ladies Africa wrote in their publication about the winner of the 2022 Best Candidate in Cardiothoracic Surgery in West Africa.
Source: African Leaders