Name: Grace Herzog Bryan, PA-C
Hollins University, BA, Biology
University of Florida, BS, Medicine
- When and why did you join the Congress of Neurological Surgeons?
I joined in 1996 after joining the Department of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. My surgeons thought it would be a good idea to become more involved in professional organizations and also that CNS was more interested in involving Physician Assistants. I later became president of the Association of Neurosurgery Physician Assistants, and am the current immediate past president. It is thanks to the CNS that we have a Physician Assistant CME day held during the CNS Annual Meeting each year. We are so thankful!
- What advice do you have for new CNS members on how they can best reap the benefits of CNS membership?
I have always enjoyed the CNS Annual Meeting and so appreciate membership’s support of Physician Assistants. It has been an excellent way to network with fellow PAs, ARNPs, and surgeons on a national level
- How did you get into the field of neurosurgery?
My family and I became patients of Mayo Clinic when the Jacksonville location opened in 1986. I knew that I had wanted to become involved in a surgical specialty, and neurosurgery was hiring at the time I graduated from the University of Florida PA program in 1996. After I met with Dr. Robert Wharen, Jr. and Dr. Ronald Reimer, I knew that I would work with highly professional, skilled, and compassionate colleagues who would also train me well. I have been there ever since!
- Describe your job in a tweet (i.e. 280 characters)
I take care of mostly cranial and cerebrovascular patients in a busy practice of 10 surgeons and a new residency program within a stroke center at Mayo Clinic. I help to first assist, round, take inpatient call and assist with discharge planning. I most enjoy direct patient care.
- What is the biggest challenge you face on the job, and how are you managing it?
I would say that my biggest challenge is balancing the business of health care with providing the best possible care to patients and their families.
- What research, science, and/or technology do you see having the biggest impact on the future of neurosurgery?
Minimally invasive and neuro-interventional procedures that decrease patient time in the hospital
- What are you proudest of in your life or career?
Knowing that I have provided the best possible care for our patients and their families.
- If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why?
There are so many people that I would like to interview, but other than distant family members, they would be President George Washington, President Thomas Jefferson and Galileo. I would also interview brothers Dr. William Mayo and Dr. Charles Mayo, as they seemed to be able to handle every specialty, including surgery, due to having no other choice.