Ciara Harraher, MD

Ciara Harraher, MD

Neurosurgeon, Spine neurosurgeon, Trauma neurosurgeon

Bio:   Ciara D. Harraher, MD, MPH, FRCSC, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery. She received her medical degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada and her Master of Public Health from Harvard University. Dr. Harraher completed her neurosurgery residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and fellowships in vascular neurosurgery and Cyberknife radiosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Harraher is the Chief of Neurosurgery at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz and leads the Stanford Neurosurgery Outreach Clinic. She has a general neurosurgery practice that predominantly treats patients with brain tumors, degenerative spine conditions and carotid stenosis. She is active in her community and regularly speaks at health care events and educational sessions for primary care physicians.

Dr. Harraher is an associate faculty of the Educators for Care (E4C) Program at Stanford Medical School and teaches Principles of Medicine to MD students. Her research interests include surgical outcomes and she is a co-investigator on a clinical trial related to surgical management of stroke. She has co-authored several papers relating to vascular disorders, spine conditions and brain tumor management. She has also spoken internationally on issues related to diversity in neurosurgery.

Neurosurgery Clinic in Santa Cruz

Professional Education

  • Residency: Dalhousie University (2010) Canada
  • Medical Education: Harvard School of Public Health (2008) MA
  • Internship: Dalhousie University (2005) Canada
  • Medical Education: McMaster University (2004) Canada
  • Medical Education: University of King's College (1999) NSCanada
  • Board Certification: Neurosurgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2011)

Administrative Appointments

  • Chief of Neurosurgery, Dominican Hospital (2014 - Present)
  • Medical Director, Dominican Hospital (2011 - Present)