Neurosurgery Pictures (continued)

This is Miriam Lucca-Susana, former secretary of the Neurosurgery floor of the Neurological Institute, and one of the first people I met after I was called to Neurosurgery. She is a strong sister in the Lord and has been very encouraging to me.

When I first mentioned my calling to Neurosurgery, many people were quick to mention Dr. Ben Carson, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins as a potential role model for me. His best-selling books (Gifted Hands, The Big Picture) have been very inspiring to me, and I wholeheartedly recommend them (they're not just for medical people). During my fourth-year medical school sub-internship at Johns Hopkins, he was kind enough to take this picture with me.

Before beginning residency, I was blessed in April 2006 with the honor of being selected to give an oral presentation at the 74th meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) in San Francisco, California on one of the research projects Rebeca helped me with. Here I am during my presentation.

These are from the Justice League of America series (DC comics), which I first saw during my time on the neurosurgery residency interview trail. Once I saw them, I knew that I would eventually have to display them on my website :). The characters are Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash. Neurosurgery rocks! (Pictures courtesy of Stephen Haines, M.D.)

In December 2006, I received a Young Investigator Award at the 60th annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) in San Diego, California. The Young Investigator Award is given annually to the top epilepsy research projects at the AES meeting, selected from residents, attendings and research staff from neurology and neurosurgery departments around the world. I was blessed to be the only neurosurgeon honored with an award. Here I am beside the poster of my work.

On March 8, 2008, I was granted the honor of introducing the 4th annual Leonard Titrud Lecturer, Dr. Alexa Irene Canady, M.D. Dr. Canady finished neurosurgery residency at the University of Minnesota in 1981, and in 1984 became the first African-American female neurosurgeon. Her pioneering career and spirit have provided great inspiration for many people, including me. Here I am with Dr. Canady.

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