Kara Beasley, DO

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Dr. Kara Beasley graduated from the University of North Carolina and obtained a dual degree in medicine and a Masters in biomedical ethics from Midwestern University and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also served as a member of both the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association’s Board of Directors and the American Osteopathic Association’s Committee on Constitution and Bylaws. She went on to complete her residency in neurological surgery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during which she became an internationally published scholar in the field of neuroethics and the determination of death by neurologic criteria. She is the recipient of an Innovator’s Circle Grant and was a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Resuscitative Ethics Research Group. She completed fellowships in Stereotactic Radiosurgery at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey and Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, where she also served as a member of the Department of Neuroethics. Subsequently, she served as a Clinical Scholar in epilepsy surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Beasley has been an invited speaker at several national meetings. She was recently awarded an Early Career Scholars Award by the Institut de recherchés cliniques de Montreal for her work as one of the only dually credentialed neurosurgeon bioethicists in the world. Her neurosurgical interests include deep brain stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, and epilepsy.