WOMEN SHAPING HISTORY 2011
Dr. Ciara Harraher, Neusurgeon
What inspired you to pursue your current career?
I was drawn to neurosurgery as from a young age. I was very interested in the brain and behavior. I began studying neurotransmitters while still in high school. When I got to medical school, I realized that I was very comfortable in the operating room and enjoyed the technical challenge, the quick pace and the sequences of movement.
Challenges & Resolutions: The extensive training period and long hours required to be a neurosurgeon has often taken its toll on my relationships, both with my family and friends. I have tried to deal with this by really scheduling time “off,” where I turn my pager off and focus on being a wife, daughter and friend.
Accomplishments You’re Proudest Of: Completing my master’s degree in public health at Harvard during my residency, riding my first 100-mile road race, completing a marathon and traveling alone in India.
Most Influential Mentors: My father and Madonna. Both told me not to go for second best.
Turning Points: When I met my husband in 2006, he inspired me to become a more balanced person.
Future Goals: To develop a fulfilling neurosurgical practice, without sacrificing my humanity or personality, and to have children that we can trek around the world with, having new adventures on our bikes. #