First woman named neurosurgical chair

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 13, 2004

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The University of Michigan Medical School appointed pediatric neurosurgeon Karin Muraszko, MD, chair of its neurosurgical department.

Dr. Muraszko is thought to be the first woman in the country to chair an academic neurosurgery department.

As chief of pediatric neurosurgery at the university for the past 10 years, Dr. Muraszko has focused on pediatric brain tumors and congenital anomalies. She is director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and has worked to develop new therapies for brain tumors.

In addition, Dr. Muraszko is considered an expert on malformations of the brain and spine such as spina bifida and Chiari I malformations and is the neurosurgical director of the craniofacial anomalies program at the university. Dr Muraszko was born with a mild form of spina bifida, herself, and wears a full-length leg brace.

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