- Dr. Karin Muraszko was born with spina bifida in 1955
- Her parents encouraged her to focus on what she could do, not what she couldn't
- In 2005, she became the first woman to lead a neurosurgery department in the country
Karin Muraszko, M.D., is chair of neurosurgery at the University of Michigan Health System and taught CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta when he was a resident there. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and two children. The opinions in this article are solely based on the author.
(CNN)When people introduce me and say I have overcome so much to be where I am, to do what I do ... I am still surprised. Particularly at these moments, it strikes me that I am exceedingly fortunate and very lucky to have been given extraordinary opportunities.