Liebe Sokol Diamond

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Liebe Sokol Diamond
Born Liebe Sokol
(1931-01-10) January 10, 1931 (age 87)
Baltimore, Maryland
Education Smith College; University of Pennsylvania
Medical career
Profession Physician
Field Orthopedic surgery
Institutions Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
University of Maryland
Specialism Pediatric hand surgery

Liebe Sokol Diamond (born January 10, 1931) is an American pediatric orthopedic surgeon and an inductee of the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame.


Diamond was born in 1931 at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, the only child of Max Sokol and Anne Hirschhorn Sokol. She was born with constriction ring syndrome, a congenital abnormality causing the loss of several of her fingers and toes before birth.[1] She underwent more than 25 surgical procedures before reaching the age of 13.[2]

Diamond enrolled at Smith College when she was 16 years old and completed a bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry and a double minor in physics and zoology, graduating in 1951. She then attended the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; after graduating, she decided to pursue surgery and, with the encouragement of her own orthopedic surgeon, returned to the University of Pennsylvania to obtain a degree in orthopedics.[1] After graduating in 1955, she became the first female resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the hospital's first female orthopedic surgical resident in 1957.[3] After completing her residency, she became a certified orthopedic surgeon in 1963.[2]

Working at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Diamond specialized in pediatric orthopedics, and in 1971 she founded the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America with seven other surgeons.[1] From 1971 to 1972, she also served as the president of the Maryland Orthopedic Society.[2] She later worked at the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, specializing in children's hand and limb deformities; children with hand abnormalities were often brought to Diamond by their parents, not only for treatment but to illustrate how she had overcome her handicap.[2][3] She has worked as a consultant at Maryland General Hospital, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Franklin Square Hospital and Union Memorial Hospital.[2]

Diamond served as a professor in orthopedic surgery at the University of Maryland for 35 years, from 1961 until 1996. From 1991 until 1996, she also held a position as a clinical associate professor in pediatrics at the university. She was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 2006.[2]

Personal life

Diamond was raised in the Judaic faith. In 1960, she married Earl L. Diamond, a doctor working at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and several years later gave birth to a son named Joshua Moses.[1]