Monica C. Wehby, MD
Monica Wehby, MD, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore., was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees (BOT) in June 2011. A practicing pediatric neurosurgeon for 15 years, Dr. Wehby has held numerous leadership positions at the local, state and national level, including her nearly 26-year presence in the AMA House of Delegates (HOD), which began in 1986 with her election as chair of the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section.
Dr. Wehby most recently served the AMA-HOD as a reference committee chair overseeing matters related to legislation and health system reform, and as a delegate representing the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
Dr. Wehby is a recent past-president of the Oregon Medical Association and the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland. She is currently a member of the AANS board of directors and also serves that association’s national Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Washington Committee (organized neurosurgery’s health policy, socioeconomic and advocacy committee), chairing its Communications and Public Relations Committee.
Passionate about medical liability reform, she serves on multiple state and national professional liability committees and has worked with key legislators to bring positive change to this area of medical practice. She has represented physicians on the Oregon Senate Commission on Access to Healthcare and was Chief Petitioner in 2004 for Oregon’s “Measure 35” campaign, which sought to place a cap on noneconomic damages. In 2005 she received the Presidential Citation from the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland in recognition of her efforts.
Born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., Dr. Wehby earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and Bachelor of Arts in psychology with honors from the University of Notre Dame. She obtained her medical doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine, where she received the Outstanding Medical Student Award. Subsequently, she completed her neurosurgery residency at UCLA Medical Center and fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Primary Children’s Medical Center/University of Utah.
Board-certified by both the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgeons, she was awarded the Congressional Medal of Distinction for her work in improving children’s health.
Dr. Wehby currently serves as a trustee for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (the Oregon and Southwest Washington Region) and has served as a trustee on multiple boards, including the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Services and the Legacy Health Systems Foundation. She currently resides in Portland with her four children.