Aurora Cruz, M.D., M.B.A.

Neurosurgery Resident

Department of Neurological Surgery


220 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1500

Aurora Cruz, MD, MBA was raised in Northern California. Dr. Cruz graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. She then attended the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine where she discovered her love of Neurosurgery. While in medical school, Dr. Cruz was active in medical education, serving on the Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy, as an Admissions Committee Member and Student Interviewer, and several other leadership committees. She received the Associated Medical Student Government Service Award as a first year medical student. Dr. Cruz was also elected by her classmates to join the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Society and then elected as president of the Society the following year. In 2016, Dr. Cruz obtained her Master of Business Administration at The Paul Merage School of Business, with particular emphasis on Organizational Behavior and Leadership. She also graduated from UC Irvine School of Medicine in 2016 with Honors in Service and Arts and Humanities and received the Medical Arts & Humanities Award for her involvement in the Arts and Humanities throughout medical school. She was awarded the AANS Medical Student Neurosurgical Top Gun in 2016.

 Since joining the Department of Neurological Surgery as a Resident in 2016, she has served on several resident leadership committees including the Graduate Medical Education Committee's Clinical Quality and Patient Safety Subcommittee, Resident Quality and Safety Leadership Council, and is now the President-Elect of the House Staff Council. Dr. Cruz won the Nursing Exemplar award for excellence in communication with patients and staff in 2019. She has an interest in academic leadership and resident education and is honored to have recently been elected to the AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee for the 2020-2024 term. Dr. Cruz was also chosen to serve on the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Resident Committee in 2019.

 Dr. Cruz will be completing a post-graduate fellowship in Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery at the Geisinger Neuroscience Institute. Her interests include outcomes and socioeconomics of neurovascular patients, the investigation of low-dose IV heparin for the improvement of neurocognitive outcomes in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage patients (ASTROH), the development of a pre-hospital stroke scale to assess for Large Vessel Occlusion by EMS (PREDICT), and the improvement of outcomes in post-thrombectomy patients in the post-interventional period. Dr. Cruz's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

In her free time, Dr. Cruz enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, knitting, hand-embroidery, and reading historical non-fiction literature.