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The Oregon Trail Back to Indiana: Welcome Dr. Monica Wehby

Pediatric neurosurgery is an important subspecialty at Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine—and finding another great pediatric neurosurgeon to invite into our practice has been a priority for us for some time. That’s why we’re especially pleased to welcome Dr. Monica Wehby, an internationally recognized expert in spina bifida, tethered cord syndrome, and other pediatric conditions.

Dr. Wehby joins Goodman Campbell after serving for several years as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in psychology and microbiology, before earning her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Her residency in neurosurgery took her to UCLA, which she followed with a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Primary Children’s Hospital at the University of Utah before becoming a partner at Microneurosurgical Consultants, P.C., in Portland.

One of the perks of joining Goodman Campbell for Dr. Wehby is that it gets her a couple of thousand miles closer to her parents, siblings, and huge extended family who still live in Nashville, Tennessee, where she grew up.

“I initially thought I was going to be a ballerina, or maybe a nun—I came from a big Catholic family—but I was always interested in medicine,” she said. “I always liked science and I always liked people.”

Dr. Wehby gravitated toward surgery and thought she was going to go into plastic surgery.  “I never thought about neurosurgery initially. It seemed like those guys were pretty ‘out there.’ But then I got to meet those guys and thought, ‘Wow, they’re pretty cool! I can do that.’

“And I found I really liked pediatric neurosurgery. The kids are so much fun, and they tend to recover more quickly and have better outcomes. The craniofacial surgery appeals to my artistic side. I’ve always enjoyed that,” she said.

Dr. Wehby’s held leadership and board positions with numerous local, state, and national professional organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons—and actually spent some time in the national spotlight as the 2014 Republican Nominee for U.S. Senate in Oregon. “It was quite an experience. I met a lot of great people, and I’ve remained friends with many of the current senators,” she said.

The senate’s loss is our gain. We’re happy Dr. Wehby’s joined the Goodman Campbell team. And we hope you’ll join us in welcoming her to Central Indiana.

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