• Date: 06/21/2018 11:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Introduction: Ceremony to take place at 11:00 a.m. at Denmark Drive and Boylston Drive

The City of Sandy Springs will host a dedication ceremony to officially name a new roadway after Dr. Leila Denmark.  Joining Mayor and Council to unveil the new street sign will be Mary Hutcherson, the daughter of Dr. Denmark, and members of her family.

Dr. Denmark attended the Medical College of Georgia, the University’s third woman student and the only female student in her class.  She is recognized as the first resident doctor at Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children, and she operated in private practice from offices in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, and rural Forsyth County.  Dr. Denmark practiced until 2001, retiring at the age of 103, the world’s oldest practicing pediatrician.  

An outbreak of whooping cough in the 1930s in Atlanta prompted Dr. Denmark to begin her study of the disease. Over the next six years, her work was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and in partnership with Emory University and Eli Lilly & Company, she developed the first pertussis vaccine.

Dr. Denmark provided many patients in Sandy Springs and the metro area with advice and care, and her guidance continues through her books, “Every Child Should Have a Chance,” and “Dr. Denmark Said It: Advice to Mothers from America’s Most Experienced Pediatrician.” 

Dr. Denmark passed away in December 2011 at the age of 114 years.



Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.



Intersection of Boylston Drive and Denmark Drive

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