Dr. Debra Petrucci is an Assistant Professor in the Spine Section of the Department of Neurosurgery. She is a board certified neurosurgeon who has a full-time clinical practice at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Greenwich Hospital. Before coming to Yale Dr. Petrucci was in private practice for twenty years in Westchester County, NY. She served as Chief of Neurosurgery at White Plains Hospital and Lincoln Hospital. Her clinical interests are the treatment of spinal disorders and her research interests include clinical trials and new technologies and innovations in spine surgery. Dr. Petrucci grew up in the Boston area. She earned her bachelor's degree at Harvard University, graduating with honors, and received her Doctor of Medicine degree from George Washington University School of Mediciine and was admitted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), medicine's highest honor society. After medical school, Dr. Petrucci completed her internship in General Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and became the first woman accepted and trained in the Neurological Surgery residency program at Harvard University at the Massachusetts General Hospital.