John M. Tew, Jr.

1983, Chicago

Dr. John M. Tew, Jr. began his education at Wake Forest University and the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine. Completing his early surgical training at Cornell Medical Center and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Dr. Tew spent 2 years as a clinical associate at the National Institutes of Health and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his neurosurgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital. In 1969, Dr. Tew was awarded the William P. Van Waggen Fellowship in Neurosurgery and studied at the University of Zürich with Professor Gazi Yasargil.

In 1973, Drs. Tew and Thor Sundt co-founded the Cerebrovascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). Dr. Tew served as chairman in 1978. The section was established to promote and advance education, foster research, and improve patient care of diseases of the cerebrovascular system.

Committed to educational excellence, Dr. Tew was instrumental in developing the Physician's Recognition Award in Neurosurgery, established in 1975. Dr. Tew developed the mechanism for the AANS/CNS Joint Committee of Education to accredit courses, enabling physicians to receive category I credits for continuing education in neurosurgery.

In 1976, the AANS/CNS central office was initiated under the auspices of an Ad Hoc Committee, spearheaded by Dr. Tew, to meet growing demands for administrative coordination, bookkeeping, registration, neurosurgical communication, management of the annual meetings, and to serve as a central meeting facility. As chairman of the Joint Education Committee in 1979, Dr. Tew directed the committee's vision and development of the first self-assessment examination in neurological surgery, the SESAP-SANS.

Characterized by concern for medical competence, education, research and ethics, Dr. Tew served as president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in 1983. On behalf of neurosurgeons throughout the nation, Dr. Tew testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations in support of federal funding for biomedical research on stroke.

From 1982 to 1985, Dr. Tew served on the National Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke. He is also past president of the Ohio State Neurosurgical Society.

Currently serving as professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Dr. Tew is also codirector of the Skull Base Team for University Hospital and is chief of neurosurgery at University Hospital and Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Associated with the Mayfield Neurological Institute, Dr. Tew is an internationally recognized pioneer and authority on the medical applications of lasers. An author, teacher, and frequent guest lecturer, Dr. Tew travels extensively, addressing surgical treatment of vascular tumors and arteriovenous malfunctions, laser technology, the neuroscience revolution, skull base surgery, trigeminal neuralgia, and cranial nerve tumors.

A leader in the Greater Cincinnati community, Dr. Tew serves on the Board of Directors of the Union Central Life Insurance Company; on the Board of Trustees of Xavier University; and as chairman of the Citizens Committee for Drake Hospital. He chairs the fund drive for the Science Center at Xavier University; and is a member of fund drive committees for the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the United Way.

Dr. Tew married Susan Smyth on July 9, 1966. They have three children: Margaret, 24, a graduate in business from the University of Texas, Austin; John Matson, 22, a graduate in business from Miami University, Oxford, OH; and Neal, 20, a premedical student at Harvard University.