Joseph C. Maroon

1986, New Orleans

Dr. Maroon was born in Bridgeport, Ohio, a small coal mining community in the upper Ohio Valley. During his early school years, he excelled in both scholastics and athletics. As a member of the All-Ohio football and baseball first teams, he also was awarded the Coca-Cola Award as an outstanding scholar athlete. He attended Indiana University on an athletic scholarship and was selected as a scholastic All-American in football. He attended Indiana University Medical School and was president of his graduating class. Neurosurgical training was obtained at Georgetown, Indiana, Oxford University in England, and the University of Vermont. After completion of his neurosurgical training, he joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 1972 and rose through the ranks to be a professor of neurosurgery. In 1986 he was president of the Congress and it was during that year that the National Think First Program was initiated. In 1984 he became chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and the University of West Virginia Medical Center. Dr. Maroon has published over 170 papers, 22 chapters, and 1 book. His contributions include the introduction of Doppler ultrasound for the detection of air embolism, the introduction of the Nucleatome for percutaneous discectomy, new surgical techniques for the removal of orbital tumors, and various observations relative to athletic and spinal cord injuries.