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ANDREWS, LEILA EDNA (1876–1954).

The first woman elected (1920) to the American College of Physicians, Leila Edna Andrews was born August 14, 1876, to John Smith and Elizabeth Strasbaugh Andrews in North Manchester, Indiana. Leila Andrews attended public school in North Manchester and received the M.D. degree from Northwestern University in 1900. She practiced medicine in North Manchester from 1900 to 1907 before moving to Oklahoma City in 1908. Appointed instructor in pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1910, Andrews also served as an associate professor of medicine from 1915 to 1925. She was a staff member at St. Anthony Hospital, specializing in the treatment of blood diseases. Andrews, a Presbyterian and a Republican, was active in the Oklahoma County Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Society, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Board of Internal Medicine, Alpha Epsilon Iota (president of the grand chapter 1923–25), and Daughters of the American Revolution. She died on April 28, 1954.

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