James T. Robertson

1975, Atlanta

James T. Robertson was born April 5, 1931 in McComb, Mississippi. He is married to Valeria Brower Robertson and they have six children and four grandchildren. The youngest son, Dan, is in neurosurgical training with Dr. Grossman in Houston. The other children are business men, teachers, and secretaries.

Jim graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in December 1954 and subsequently completed his internship and neurosurgical residency in Memphis under the auspices of Eustace Semmes and Francis Murphey, completing training in 1959. He subsequently took an additional year at the Peter Bent Brigham Children's Hospital in Boston under the sponsorship of Donald Matson. He then entered the United States Medical Corps, serving as chief of neurosurgery at Travis Air Force Base, California for 3 years, and at Lackland Air Force Base Hospital as assistant chief of neurosurgery. He was discharged on June 1, 1964, with the rank of major.

Dr. Robertson returned to Memphis to practice with the Semmes-Murphey Clinic and presently is a senior partner. After demonstrating an intense interest in academic neurosurgery, he became professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee, Memphis in October 1973. He has trained more than 50 neurosurgeons.

Dr. Robertson completed the American Board of Neurological Surgery certification in October 1962. After serving on the Executive Committee of the Congress, he became president of the Congress in 1975. He has been an officer and president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, the Society of University Neurosurgeons, vice chairman of the Society of Neurosurgeons, and is current president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is vice chairman of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association and a former member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and a Delegate to the American Medical Association for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has been chairman of the Joint Cerebral Vascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress.

He has served on the Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery and is presently the chairman of that committee. He served as a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke from 1984 to 1988. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 1990. He is a professor of anatomy and neurobiology and acting chairman of neurology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis.

He joined the PRIMUS unit of the University of Tennessee in the United States Navy Reserve in 1986 and was promoted to captain in May 1990. He recently served on active duty for 2 months at Bethesda Naval Hospital during the Persian Gulf War.

Dr. Robertson's surgical and research interests include pituitary tumors, acoustic tumors, glomus tumors, occlusive stroke, and trauma. He has served as visiting professor at a number of medical centers and his bibliography includes more than 100 articles and several book chapters.