About Ephraim McDowell
Ephraim McDowell (November 11, 1771 – June 25, 1830) was an American physician. He was the first to successfully remove an ovarian tumor.
- Ephraim McDowell was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, the ninth child of Samuel and Mary McDowell. His father was a veteran of the French and Indian War and a colonel during the American Revolution.
- In 1795, he returned from Scotland, settled in Danville, Kentucky and began his practice as a surgeon. In 1802, he married Sarah Shelby, daughter of Isaac Shelby, war hero and twice governor of Kentucky. They had two sons and four daughters.
- In 1879, a monument in his honor was erected by the Medical Society of Kentucky in Danville.
- In 1929, Isaac Wolfe Bernheim donated a bronze statue of McDowell by Charles Henry Niehaus to the state of Kentucky for placement in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection.
- In 1959, a United States stamp was issued in his honor.
- Dr. McDowell's house, office, and apothecary in Danville are preserved as a museum and are designated a National Historic Landmark.
- Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville is named in his honor.