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Dr. Sharona Ben-Haim is the first female neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at the University of California San Diego. She performed her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, and her medical training at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. She completed her residency in neurological surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, as well as a fellowship in Epilepsy and Functional neurosurgery at Yale University. She also received additional training in Deep Brain Stimulation at Oxford. Dr. Ben-Haim specializes in caring for people with treatment-resistant epilepsy, chronic pain including facial pain and trigeminal neuralgia, spasticity, and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and essential tremor. She performs deep brain stimulation surgeries, including “awake” microelectrode-guided DBS and “asleep” MRI- and CT-guided DBS. She is an expert in leading-edge surgical epilepsy treatments, including selective temporal lobectomies, responsive neurostimulation, and MRI-guided laser induced interstitial thermotherapy (laser ablation) for treatment-resistant epilepsy as well as Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. For the past several years, she has served as a representative on executive councils including the AANS/CNS Section on Pain and the American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgeons (ASSFN). She is also an officer of the Women in Neurosurgery committee (WINS).


Antonio J. Webb, MD is an Orthopedic Surgeon, Author, and Motivational Speaker. You can learn more about him at
Arlec Cabrera
Arlec Cabrera is a post-baccalaureate pre-medical student and a soon-to-be graduate student with aspirations of becoming a neurosurgeon. As a first-generation minority student, she is an advocate for increased diversity in the field of medicine. Arlec is especially passionate about promoting the equality of women across all career fields. Outside of medicine, she is passionate about cycling, dancing, enhancing her French language skills, and channeling her creativity through blogging. In her free time, she loves working out, reading autobiographies, exploring nature with her younger sisters and golden retriever. With a background in psychology and health promotion, she is interested in practicing medicine with a holistic approach that recognizes the complex interaction of mental, physical and environmental factors in a patient’s overall health.
Rachel Freedman
Rachel Freedman is a second year medical student at the University of Florida with a strong interest in pursuing a career in Neurosurgery. Outside of medicine, she has several interests. She is passionate about nutrition, and she loves to spend free moments cooking wholesome and delicious food. She is also very passionate about fitness, and she is currently training for a triathlon. If she is not in the kitchen or at the gym, she can likely be found reading or spending time outside. A dancer since she could walk, she channels her love for artistic expression into writing and music. She is passionate about wellness and view patients’ well-being as a complex sum of their physical, mental, and spiritual health. She hopes to incorporate integrative medical practices into the care of her future patients.
Dr. Frederic C. Craigie, Jr. is a clinical psychologist and medical educator, based at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and holding faculty appointments at Dartmouth Medical School and at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Craigie has written and presented extensively about the healing and life-giving roles of spirituality in health care for over 25 years. He is author of the book Positive Spirituality in Health Care: Nine Practical Approaches to Pursuing Wholeness for Clinicians, Patients, and Health Care Organizations.
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Founder of Girl Neurosurgeon, Whitney James, MD is a mom, wife, and neurosurgeon. She lives and practices in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.

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