Nicholoas T. Zervas

1997, New Orleans

he Congress of Neurological Surgeons is delighted to have Nicholas T. Zervas, MD, as the Honored Guest for the 1997 Annual Meeting. Dr. Zervas is Professor and Chairman of the Neurosurgical Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital. As Honored Guest, he will be sharing his substantial expertise in the management of pituitary disorders, cerebral vasospasm, and residency training.

Dr. Zervas was born in Massachusetts where he attended Harvard University as an undergraduate. Following medical school at the University of Chicago, he completed his surgical internship at Cornell, neuropathology training at the Montreal Neurological Institute, and Neurosurgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. At the conclusion of his neurological training, he was a clinical fellow with Jean Talairach, MD, in Paris, where he developed an interest in stereotactic neurosurgery. After a faculty appointment at Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Zervas returned to Harvard, where he was Chief of Neurosurgery Service at Beth Israel Hospital. In 1977, he succeeded William Sweet, MD, as Professor and Chief of the Neurosurgical Service at MGH.

Dr. Zervas has distinguished himself in academic neurosurgery, and has been recipient of numerous honors and awards. He has served as Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery, President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, Chairman of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and Vice Chairman of the AANS Research Foundation Executive Council. He has maintained an active research program in cerebral vasospasm, with continuous NIH funding for nearly 20 years. During this time he has published nearly 250 articles on a variety of research and clinical topics, including vasospasm, stroke, stereotactic neurosurgery, pituitary disorders, radiosurgery, and spinal disorders. In addition to his extensive clinical experience in the treatment of pituitary disorders, Dr. Zervas has been an innovator in the application of technology to neurosurgery, including stereotaxis, telemetric ICP monitoring, pulsed-dye laser vasodilation, and intraoperative radiotherapy. Under Dr. Zervas' guidance over the past 20 years, the Neurosurgical Service at MGH has flourished to become one of the premier training and research program in the world.

Outside of neurosurgery, Dr. Zervas and his wife, Thalia, hold a great affection for the arts. Dr. Zervas has served as Chairman of the Council of Arts and Humanities for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is currently President of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.