Donald O. Quest

1987, Baltimore

Donald O. Quest was born on November 20, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the Riverview Gardens High School in St. Louis in 1957. He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a B.S. degree in mathematics in 1961. He served on active duty with the United States Navy as a naval aviator between 1961 and 1966. Don then attended the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and was awarded an M.D. degree in 1970. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and received the Winchester prize for overall excellence in his graduating medical school class. He interned in surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital between 1970 and 1971 and then was a resident in surgery from 1971 to 1972. Dr. Quest was a resident in neurological surgery at the Neurological Institute in New York at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center between 1972 and 1975. He was chief resident from 1975 to 1976. He served as an assistant professor of neurological surgery at the Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York between 1976 and 1978. He was appointed instructor in neurological surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1978, and rose through the ranks to become professor of clinical neurosurgery in 1989.

Dr. Quest served on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons from 1978 to 1988. He was chairman of the Scientific Program Committee at the annual meeting in 1982 and was treasurer of the Congress between 1981 and 1984. He was president from 1986 to 1987. The annual meeting in Baltimore in 1987 was a great success.

In addition to the Congress of Neurosurgeons, Dr. Quest is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Neurosurgical Society of America, and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. He is now on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and was chairman of the Scientific Program Committee of the AANS from 1990 to 1991. Dr. Quest has been a visiting professor at many medical centers in the United States and was a visiting professor at the Kyoto Prefecturial University in Kyoto, Japan in 1988. Dr. Quest has a bibliography of 49 papers.

Don Quest married Ilona Madis on July 20, 1969. Dr. and Mrs. Quest have three children, Wendy Elaine, Amy Ilona, and Susan Elissa. Dr. Quest has taken his civic responsibilities very seriously. He has served as president of the Board of Education in HoHoKus, New Jersey from 1983 to 1986 and has worked with numerous other civic and corporate bodies.