Pioneering female plastic surgeon leaves thousands to charity

09 December 2011

A Scottish doctor who became one of Britain's first female plastic surgeons has left thousands of pounds to charity in her will. Anne Sutherland, who died in March this year aged 89, was discouraged by her father from training to be a doctor as he did not believe it to be a suitable profession for a woman. According to a report by the Scotsman, Ms Sutherland originally trained as a dietician, but later went on to become a renowned consultant in the field of plastic surgery and an expert on burns.She worked at Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children and at Bangour Hospital, and is so far the only woman to have held the title of president of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons. According to reports she left almost £2.5m in her will, which included bequests to a number of charities including Age Concern Scotland. A family friend told the Scotsman: "Anne was a very well thought of figure in her field of plastic surgery. "She had dedicated her life to her work and had blazed a trail for female doctors. She had been something of a pioneer by breaking into surgery and consultancy work as a woman."