Susan Durham
Chief of Neurosurgery
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Durham was the second female ever to lead a neurosurgery training program in the United States when she was named division chief of neurosurgery at the University of Vermont Larner School of Medicine in 2017.  Since 2020, she has served as division chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at CHLA, making her the first female surgical division chief at CHLA.  


Dr. Durham is one of few investigators in the field of gender inequity and gender disparity in neurosurgery.  Her data-driven research has highlighted the need to address gender inequities in the field of neurosurgery in order to create a more diverse workforce by focusing attention on improving the recruitment and retention of female neurosurgeons.  Throughout her career, she has served as an important mentor, sponsor and role model to many females who are interested in a career in neurosurgery.


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