Neurosurgery Blog would like to Congratulate Maya Babu, MD, MBA, a fourth-year neurosurgical resident at the Mayo Clinic, who was elected to fill the resident-fellow slot on the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Board of Trustees. Her campaign was supported by the AANS and CNS. Dr. Babu holds a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She graduated from both Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. Dr. Babu has served in numerous capacities at the state, national and specialty levels, including her current roles as a member of the Minnesota Medical Association’s Board of Trustees, a member of Minnesota MedPAC’s Board of Directors and as the Chair of the National Resident Committee of the Association of Women Surgeons. She currently serves as the AANS/CNS Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Washington Committee fellow.
Dr. Babu joins neurosurgeon Monica C. Wehby, MD, FAANS, on the AMA Board, continuing the tradition of strong neurosurgical leadership at the AMA. They, along with neurosurgery’s AMA delegation — Philip W. Tally, MD, FAANS; Ann R. Stroink, MD, FAANS; John K. Ratliff, MD, FAANS; Krystal L. Tomei, MD; and Zachary N. Litvack, MD — are working hard on your collective behalves on many important issues that affect neurosurgery and our patients.
Finally, we would like to recognize two neurosurgeons who have concluded their service at the AMA. Peter W. Carmel, MD, FAANS, has represented neurosurgery at the AMA for over 30 years, first as an alternate delegate from the CNS and ultimately as the President of the AMA. We also want to thank Mark J. Kubala, MD, FAANS, for his service as an AANS delegate. He too has devoted many years in service to neurosurgery on the advocacy and health policy fronts, starting back as a leader in the AANS/CNS Joint Socioeconomic Committee to his service as an AMA delegate. In recognition of his service to the profession, he received the AMA’s Distinguished Service Award last November. Their dedication certainly demonstrated a remarkable commitment to helping improve the healthcare system for patients and physicians alike.