Maya A. Babu, MD, MBA
Involved in the American Medical Association for more than 10 years, Maya A. Babu, MD, MBA, was re-elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2015. She has also served in the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) and the Massachusetts Medical Society.
A native of Eagan, Minn., Dr. Babu attended college at the University of Minnesota, receiving a BS in neuroscience and BA in psychology, both summa cum laude with highest distinction in 2005. Dr. Babu attended Harvard Medical School and received an MD cum laude in 2010. She also attended Harvard Business School, where she received her MBA in 2010. Having completed both a critical care and a stereotactic/functional enfolded fellowship, she is presently chief neurosurgical resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
An inclusive and tenacious advocate for physicians and patients, Dr. Babu has held numerous leadership positions in the AMA. She served on the governing councils for the AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) and the AMA Women Physicians Congress (now Section) and was the resident member of the AMA Council on Legislation. From 2011 to 2012 she was the lead AMA-RFS delegate to the AMA House of Delegates and was a member of the AMA Advisory Committee to the Board of Trustees on alternative membership models. Previously she was active in the AMA Medical Student Section.
Dr. Babu is a leader at both the state and national levels. Within the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Babu serves on the Advisory Council for Neurologic Surgery and on the Resident and Associate Society Executive Committee. She also chaired the Association of Women Surgeons National Resident Committee. Elected to serve on the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Young Neurosurgeons Committee, and most recently on the AANS's Washington Committee, she also served on the board of trustees of the MMA and currently serves on the board of directors of the MMA's Political Action Committee.
Dr. Babu, an astute health policy scholar, has authored 20 journal articles, 11 of which as first author. Her research focuses on health care delivery and cost in neurosurgical care. She has received several prestigious awards for her work including the Petrie-Flom Academic Fellowship from the Harvard Law School and the Robert Florin Award from the AANS.
The National Lincoln-Douglas Debate champion in 2001, Dr. Babu received a 2010 Harvard Business School Dean's Award for "leadership and outstanding contributions to the school and the larger community," and was recognized by USA Freedom Corps for volunteer service in 2004.