Kara Beasley, DO, MBe, FACOS

Committed to Excellence in Patient Care

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Dr. Beasley is a board-certified neurosurgeon and one of the only dually credentialed neurosurgeon bioethicists in the world. She is fully trained as a general neurosurgeon in cranial and spinal trauma, endoscopic and open tumor surgery, radiosurgery, complex disorders of the spine including tumor and degenerative spinal disease, and neuromodulation. Her areas of interest include tumor, deep brain stimulation for movement disorders, and neuromodulation for refractory chronic pain.

Meet Dr. Kara Beasley

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I was born in Ohio and I grew up in the St. Petersburg Clearwater area of Florida. I was a professional actor for 19 years, prior to medical school, I then decided to go to medical school. So I got a degree in Biomedical Ethics, and I am a practicing Bioethicist, and then my medical degree and I decided to go into Neurosurgery. Training in Philadelphia and finally completing my Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. I love doing spine surgery, I love doing all forms of brain surgery, brain tumors, my sub-speciality is functional and restorative neurosurgery. I specialize in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor, and other disorders as well as spinal cord stimulation and other neuromodulation for other disorders. Epilepsy surgery is another specialty of mine. I think the experience at our practice is one of a really thoughtful approach to surgery, we are not surgeons who operate simply because we can and we are not surgeons who operate to make pictures look pretty. We are surgeons who integrate the patients experiences from the first telephone call to the last time we see our patients, and they have an excellent experience and they are treated well and feel as though they have gotten world class care. We have an excellent staff, we have a staff of eight physician assistants, we have six surgeons and then we have our clinical support staff, all of whom work with a specific surgeon so they know our routines inside and out and they are able to help us provide the best patient experience. I like to hike, I live up on one of the canyons so I have probably 30 hiking trails right out my back door. I do a lot of yoga, I do a lot of reading and I am actually currently half-way through an MBA, just to learn to think a little bit differently.

Specialties:

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Brain Disorders
  • Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders
  • Neuromodulation for Refractory Chronic Pain
  • MR – Guided Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremors

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship: Stereotactic Radiosurgery at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
  • Fellowship:  Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Training:  Clinical Scholarship in Advanced Epilepsy Surgical Techniques, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Training:  Neuroethics at The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Residency:  Neurosurgery at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
  • Doctor of  Osteopathic Medicine:  Midwestern University, Glenda, AZ
  • Masters of Arts in Biomedical Ethics at Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ

Patient Reviews

Honors and Accomplishments

  • Becker’s Spine Review:  Top 34 Trailblazing Female Spine Surgeons to Know
  • Brain Matters 2:  Early Career Scholars Award
  • American College of Osteopathic Surgeons Scientific Writing Award
  • Innovator’s Circle Grant:  Brain Death Education Project. Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA

Dr. Beasley CV 2021

“Neurosurgery is one of the most complex and technologically advanced fields in medicine. Patients come to neurosurgeons with hope and trust that their individual problems, needs, and concerns will be addressed in a compassionate and caring environment and with the best available treatment options. My colleagues and I are committed to creating that environment and delivering state-of-the-art neurosurgical care for the spectrum of neurosurgically treatable diseases, from tumors to painful degeneration of the spine, to debilitating movement disorders.”

“I come to work every day with the goal of positively affecting the quality of life of my patients. Each patient is unique and my approach is to tailor a treatment plan that takes into account the personal goals of the patient as well as the surgically unique details of that particular patient’s disease.

“I am committed to excellence in patient care in both the operating room and the outpatient setting. I am able to provide cutting edge surgical treatment including the most advanced techniques in neuromodulation for Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and refractory chronic pain, as well as a full complement of general neurosurgical and spine diseases.”

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