Honored Guests

For every Annual Meeting, we have selected honorees from among high achieving and notable neurosurgeons around the world. Select a year to see more information on past Honored Guests.

Edward H. Oldfield, MD, FACS

2016, San Diego, CA

Edward Hudson Oldfield was born in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. After completing three years of undergraduate education at the University of Kentucky as a Physics major he entered medical school in...

Kim J. Burchiel

2015, New Orleans

John Raaf Professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). Director of the functional and stereotactic neurosurgery fellowship program...

Edward C. Benzel

2014, Boston

Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic and Professor of Surgery, at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University Dr. Benzel’s...

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...

Ralph G. Dacey, Jr

2012, Chicago

Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 7, 1948. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard University in 1970 and his M.D. degree from the University of Virginia in...

H. Hunt Batjer

2011, Washington, DC

H. Hunt Batjer, MD, is the Michael J. Marchese Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Chair of the Department of...

Daniel L. Barrow

2010, San Francisco

Daniel Louis Barrow, MD, graduated magna cum laude from Westminster College and received his medical degree from Southern IllinoisUniversity School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery...

James T. Rutka

2009, New Orleans

Born in Toronto, and educated at Princeton University (1975-1977), and Queen's University Medical School (1977-1981), Dr. Rutka did an internship at McGill University (1981-1982) before entering...

William F. Chandler

2008, Orlando

Dr. William Chandler is the Richard C. Schneider Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is co-director of the Multidisciplinary Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Clinic at the...

L. Dade Lunsford

2007, San Diego

Dr. Lawrence Dade Lunsford is the Lars Leksell Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He currently is co-director of the Center For Image-Guided Neurosurgery at the...

Peter M. Black

2006, Chicago

Dr. Peter Black was born in Canada and grew up in Northern Ontario. While in high school, he became an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto as a solo performer in piano. He attended Harvard...

Roberto C. Heros

2005, Boston

Roberto C. Heros was born in 1942 in Havana, Cuba. After the Communist takeover in 1960, he left Cuba for exile. He participated as a paratrooper platoon commander in the Bay of Pigs invasion and was...

Arnold H. Menezes

2004, San Francisco

Arnold Menezes was born in Bombay, India, where he attended the Topiwala National Medical College at Bombay University; graduating in 1967. He completed his neurosurgical training at the University...

Julian T. Hoff

2003, Denver

Julian Hoff was born in Boise, Idaho on September 22, 1936. He grew up in Caldwell, Idaho. He attended Stanford University where he was awarded his Bachelors Degree in 1958. He then attended...

Volker K.H. Sonntag

2002, Philadelphia

Volker K.H. Sonntag, MD “Discovery of the Spine Specialist: Instrumentation for the Cervical Spine”, “Leading the Future of Spine Surgery”, “The Neurosurgeon as Mentor...

Michael L.J. Apuzzo

2001, San Diego

Michael L.J. Apuzzo was born in New Haven Connecticut, the son of a fine craftsman/precision machinist and an operating room nurse. The Apuzzo family had a long maritime heritage with roots in Amalfi...

Edward R. Laws, Jr.

2000, San Antonio

Edward R. Laws was born in New York City on April 29, 1938, the son of a physician and a teacher/editor. He was educated in the New York City Public School system, attending the Bronx High School of...

Duke Samson

1999, Boston

Duke S. Samson was born January 16, 1943, in Odessa, Texas. His father was an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers and moved the family often during the post-war years. The Samson family...

John M. Tew, Jr.

1998, Seattle

John McLellan Tew, Jr., MD, FACS was born and raised on a farm in eastern North Carolina. He graduated from Campbell and Wake Forest Universities Cum Laude in 1957. He attended Bowman Gray School of...

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...

Peter J. Jannetta

1996, Montreal

Peter Joseph Jannetta, MD, DSc(hon), FACS, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey and York, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he...

John A. Jane

1995, San Francisco

John Anthony Jane, MD, PhD, FRCS(C), FACS, was born and raised in the Chicago area. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from the University of Chicago, 1951 and attended the University...

Robert F. Spetzler

1994, Chicago

Robert F. Spetzler attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois from 1963 to 1967 and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry. Before graduating, he spent...

Albert L. Rhoton, Jr.

1993, Vancouver

Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., was born and raised in Kentucky. He graduated from Washington University School of Medicine, cum laude, with the highest academic standing in the Class of 1959. Afterwards, he...

Robert G. Ojemann

1992, Washington DC

It is a special privilege to have Doctor Robert Ojemann serve as the Honored Guest of the Congress this year. In a list of distinguished individuals, Bob Ojemann is the fist Honored Guest to be a...

Bennett M. Stein

1991, Orlando

Bennett Mueller Stein is a man of many talents spanning neurosurgery, teaching, research, scholarship, athletics, and auto mechanics. The single element common to all these seemingly unrelated...

Charles B. Wilson

1990, Los Angeles

Charles Byron Wilson was born August 31, 1929, in Neosho, Missouri in the heart of the Ozarks. Known as the City of Flowers, Neosho (pop. 5000) was featured in Life Magazine as a typical 1940s...

Thoralf M. Sundt, Jr.

1989, Atlanta

The honored guest for the 1989 meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons was Dr. Thoralf M. Sundt, Jr., chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Mayo Clinic and professor of...

Lindsay Symon

1988, Seattle

Professor Lindsay Symon, the honored guest of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) for 1988, was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1929. He graduated from grammar school and Aberdeen University...

Thomas W. Langfitt

1987, Baltimore

Thomas William Langfitt was born on April 20, 1927, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the son of Dr. Frank V. Langfltt and Veda Davis Langfitt. Dr. Frank Langfitt was a general surgeon and an outstanding...

M. Gazi Yasargil

1986, New Orleans

Mahmut Gazi Yasargil was born July 6, 1925, in Lice, a village in eastern Turkey, approximately 200 miles west of the Turko-Iranian border, and 100 miles north of Syria. At the time of Gazi's...

Sidney Goldring

1985, Honolulu

Sidney Goldring was born April 2, 1923, in Kremnitz, Poland. His family immigrated to the United States and settled in St. Louis when Sidney was 3 months old. The Goldrings spoke not a word of...

Hugo V. Rizzoli

1984, New York

Hugo Victor Rizzoli was born in Newark, New Jersey, on August 20, 1916. He received his A.B. degree in chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1936. Dr. Rizzoli then...

Walter E. Dandy

1984, New York

Walter E. Dandy was born on April 6, 1886 in Sedalia, Missouri. His father was an engineer on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. Dr. Dandy was an only child and maintained a close emotional...

C. Miller Fisher

1983, Chicago

The remarkable accomplishments of C. Miller Fisher, astute observer and describer of clinical phenomena, pathologist, investigator, dedicated physician, and teacher have been summarized in two...

Keiji Sano

1982, Toronto

Dr. Keiji Sano was born on June 30, 1920, in the quiet and scenic town of Fujinomiya in Shizuoka Prefecture which lies at the foot of Mt. Fuji, about 100 kilometers to the west of Tokyo. He was the...

J. Garber Galbraith

1981, Los Angeles

James Garber Galbraith was born in 1914 in Anniston, Alabama. He was the first son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Love Galbraith. His father, a banker, was a quiet, retiring man and, before his marriage, a...

Eben Alexander, Jr.

1980, Houston

Dr. Eben Alexander, Jr., was born on September 14, 1913, to Dr. and Mrs. Eben Alexander, Sr., of Knoxville, Tennessee, where Dr. Alexander was a prominent general surgeon. Eben, Jr., attended the...

Frank H. Mayfield

1979, Las Vegas

Frank Henderson Mayfield was born on June 23, 1908, and spent his early years on a farm in Garnett, South Carolina. Formative experiences imbued him with a sense of duty and historical perspective...

Charles G. Drake

1978, Washington DC

Charles George Drake was born on July 21, 1920, and received his early education in Windsor, Ontario. A teacher remembers Charlie as "the most thoughtful and determined student" he had ever...

Richard C. Schneider

1977, San Francisco

Richard Coy Schneider was born in 1913 to Dr. and Mrs. Louis Schneider in Newark, New Jersey, where his father, having trained at the University of Pennsylvania, was a general practitioner. He...

Lyle A. French

1976, New Orleans

Lyle A. French was born in Worthing, South Dakota, March 26, 1915. His early years were spent in Lennox and Watertown, South Dakota. His family then moved to Mankato, Minnesota, where he graduated...

William H. Sweet

1975, Atlanta

William Herbert Sweet was born on February 13, 1910 in Kerriston, Washington, the center of the timber industry in the foothills of Mount Ranier. It was soon apparent to his father, a surgeon, and...

Guy L. Odom

1974, Vancouver

Judging by the number of times his advice is sought each day by his residents, his associates at the Duke University Medical Center, and by numerous neurosurgeons practicing in other areas, it is...

Henry G. Schwartz

1973, Honolulu

Henry Gerard Schwartz, our distinguished honored guest, was born in New York City in 1909. In 1928 he received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and he earned his M.D. from The...

Francis Murphey

1972, Denver

Francis Murphey was born on the 24th of December 1906, in Macon, Mississippi, the son of Edwin Mason Murphey and Clara Virginia Boggess. He attended school in Macon, and then graduated with an A.B....

Elisha S. Gurdjian

1971, Miami

In 1971, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons honored one of the giants of neurosurgery, a man who made an impact in the fields of basic research, clinical excellence, applied research, and...

Barnes Woodhall

1970, St. Louis

Barnes Woodhall was born in Rockport, Maine, on January 22, 1905. His father, Charles H. Woodhall, was one of the original executives of the Boys' Clubs of America. Because his family moved...

Wallace B. Hamby

1969, Boston

An early interest in vascular problems related to the central nervous system was evidenced by our honored guest's first medical paper, written in 1933 while he was still a resident at the...

Norman M. Dott

1968, Toronto

Of Scottish-Huguenot descent, Norman McOmish Dott, our distinguished guest of honor in 1968, was born in Edinburgh in 1897. His story is a romantic one; grandson and son of famous art dealers, he...

W. James Gardner

1967, San Francisco

Two unforeseen events helped to shape and direct the career of W. James Gardner, M.D., the honored guest of the Seventeenth Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Suffice it to say...

Hugo Krayenbühl

1966, San Juan

Neurological surgery as it exists in Switzerland today owes its high level of competence to its founder, Professor Hugo A. Krayenbühl. Coming to neurosurgery from a background of neurology, surgery,...

James C. White

1965, Chicago

The career of Dr. James Clarke White was marked by a long productive period during which he devoted himself to the development of surgery of the nervous system. An early concern with the specific...

Edgar A. Kahn

1964, Miami

Our distinguished guest, Dr. Edgar A. Kahn, whom we honored in 1964, was held in high esteem and affection by his colleagues and by the many neurosurgeons he trained over the years at the University...

James L. Poppen

1963, Denver

James L. Poppen embarked upon his neurosurgical career in 1933 when he joined the staff of the Lahey Clinic. By the time he had completed a 2-year surgical residency at the Illinois Research and...

Bronson S. Ray

1962, Houston

Our honored guest in 1962, Dr. Bronson Sands Ray, clinical professor of surgery (neurosurgery), Cornell University Medical College, and chief, Department of Neurological Surgery, The New York...

Eduard A. V. Busch

1961, New York

When it was decided to invite Dr. Eduard Busch as our honored guest for the meeting in New York in 1961, a man was chosen who was rather accustomed to receiving high professional honors.He was an...

Paul C. Bucy

1960, Chicago

Dr. Paul C. Bucy, the honored guest of the 1960 meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, is a long-time friend of this organization. Dr. Bucy generously served as a principal speaker at the...

William J. German

1959, Miami

Our honored guest, Dr. William John German, comes to us as a beloved teacher and respected investigator. His lifetime has been devoted to medicine and to the Cushing tradition in neurosurgery in...

A. Earl Walker

1958, San Francisco

A. Earl Walker, the distinguished guest of honor in 1958, was born in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1907. He graduated from both the undergraduate and medical schools of the University of Alberta.He interned...

Francis Grant

1957, Washington DC

Francis C. Grant, the distinguished guest of honor in 1957, was born in Philadelphia, November 9, 1891. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1914 and his M.D. degree from the...

Wilder G. Penfield

1956, Chicago

Dr. Penfield was a man of many facets. To the reader of this book an enumeration of his medical accomplishments would be redundant and therefore is omitted.He was born in 1891, at Spokane, Washington...

Carl W. Rand

1955, Los Angeles

Carl Wheeler Rand was born in Monson, Massachusetts on April 8, 1886, the son of Jenny Peck Rand and Nehemiah Wheeler Rand, a physician. Dr. Rand attended Monson Academy in Massachusetts and later...

Kenneth G. McKenzie

1954, New York

After his return from the trenches on the western front in World War I, Kenneth G. McKenzie set up a general practice in Toronto to support his wife and young family. As soon as the opportunity came...

Sir Geoffrey Jefferson

1953, New Orleans

Sir Geoffrey Jefferson was born April 10, 1886. His father was a general practitioner and surgeon. Jefferson studied medicine at the University of Manchester and graduated with honors. He received...

Herbert Olivecrona

1952, Chicago

Herbert Olivecrona began his brilliant career in the surgical department of Serafimer Hospital. He established the first neurosurgery department at that hospital in 1930. In 1935, he was appointed...