Gordon van den Noort

1965, Chicago

Gordon van den Noort was born May 8, 1922 in Buitenzorg, Java, Netherlands East Indies, of American parents. He attended Dartmouth College and graduated in November, 1943 with a B.A. degree. He then attended the Temple University School of Medicine and received his M.D. Degree in 1947. He interned at the Philadelphia General Hospital in 1947 to 1948 and was a resident in neurology at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1948 to 1949. He then was a resident in neurological surgery at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Dr. Robert Groff in 1949 to 1953. This residency was interrupted by a 21-month term as captain in the Army Medical Corps. During that time he served as assistant chief of the neurosurgical section at the Valley Forge Army Hospital. After Dr. van den Noort completed his residency in neurological surgery he became Dr. GroWs assistant and associated with Dr. Groff from July 1953 to November 1956. He then entered private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Dr. van den Noort served as treasurer of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) between 1960 and 1963 and became president of the CNS in 1965. He was appalled to discover that the day after he was inducted into office that he was expected to give a presidential address the following day. The result was an address that was notable for its brevity. He felt strongly that the presidential address should be delivered at the end of the term and he was successful in implementing this reform the following year when Dr. Mosberg, Dr. van den Noort's successor, was stuck with two presidential addresses, one on each end of his term.

Dr. van den Noort in his brief presidential address made the first appeal for cooperation between the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. van den Noort was very pleased to see the mutual effort that evolved between these two fine organizations. Dr. van den Noort was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) as Representative of the Congress. At that time the AANS had a representative from the major neurosurgical societies. Dr. van den Noort became treasurer of the AANS in 1968 and served in that capacity until 1970. He then was secretary from 1971 to 1974.

Dr. van den Noort was a member of the Council of the Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society from 1980 to 1985 and president of the Mid-Atlantic Neurosurgical Society in 1982. Dr. van den Noort continued in the private practice of neurological surgery in Bryn Mawr and Abington, Pennsylvania until his retirement in 1983.