Dr. Anabel McGaughey Stuart
Dr. Anabel McGaughey Stuart was Santa Rosa’s first female physician. In 1877, she was admitted to the Medical School of the Pacific and graduated the next year. She became the school’s second female graduate. Dr. McGaughey Stuart was the first woman doctor to be accepted into the American Medical Association west of the Mississippi River and the first woman to serve as president of the Sonoma County Medical Association.
Dr. McGaughey Stuart practiced medicine in a community where nearly all the physicians were general practitioners well known to their patients, treating entire families through two and three generations. McGaughey Stuart’s patients fondly referred to her as “Dr. Dear.” She practiced medicine in Santa Rosa, California from 1881 until her death in 1914.