L. Nelson Hopkins, III

2013, San Francisco

Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery, Professor of Radiology, and Director of the Toshiba Stroke Research Center, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

After completing his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, Dr. Hopkins earned a doctor of medicine degree cum laude from Albany Medical College. His post-graduate training included a surgical internship at Case Western Reserve, followed by neurology and neurosurgical training at the University at Buffalo.

Active in national neurosurgery, Dr. Hopkins has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and of the Executive Committee of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association. He has served as Scientific and Annual Meeting Chairman for both the AANS and Congress of Neurological Surgeons and Chairman of the Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, and president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Hopkins is currently the principal investigator of several national clinical trials testing catheter-based technologies for the treatment of neurovascular diseases. He is the endovascular principal for the editorial board of NEUROSURGERY, and the author of over 300 publications centered on the prevention and treatment of stroke.

Dr. Hopkins is an advocate of cross-specialty and multidisciplinary collaboration. He fostered the creation of the Toshiba Stroke Research Center, bringing together physicists, chemists, aerospace engineers, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, and radiologists to study the neurovascular circulation and develop innovative technologies and approaches for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neurovascular diseases. A proponent of the global approach to revascularization for the improvement of outcomes for patients with vascular disease, Dr. Hopkins has served on the faculty of numerous symposiums nationally and internationally and each year hosts multidisciplinary seminars along with industry leaders focused on assessing and managing complications associated with minimally invasive catheter-based interventions.

He and his wife, Bonnie, live in Buffalo, New York and have three children and eight grandchildren.