Past Presidents

Starting with our founding in 1951, we have been led by a president who is a practicing neurosurgeon member. Learn more about our past presidents.

Russell R. Lonser

2016, San Diego, CA

Russell R. Lonser is professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Ohio State University. He earned his MD from Loma Linda University and received his neurosurgical training...

Nathan R. Selden

2015, New Orleans

Dr. Nathan Selden is the Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), neurosurgery residency program director, and Vice-Chairman of the Department of...

Daniel K. Resnick

2014, Boston

A native of Philadelphia and a persistent Eagles fan, Dr. Resnick is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University and graduated as a member of AOA from the University of Pennsylvania School of...

Ali R. Rezai

2013, San Francisco

Ali R. Rezai, MD is Associate Dean of Neuroscience, Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanley and Joan Ross Chair in Neuromodulation, and the Director of the Neuroscience Program and the Center for...

Christopher E. Wolfla

2012, Chicago

Christopher Edward Wolfla, MD, graduated with High Honors from Indiana University, Bloomington, and received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his...

Christopher C. Getch

2011, Washington, DC

Christopher Caldwell Getch is honored to serve as the President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Getch joined Dr. H. Hunt Batjer on the Northwestern University faculty in 1996 in the...

Gerald E. Rodts, Jr.

2010, San Francisco

Gerald E. (Rusty) Rodts, Jr., MD, is honored to serve as President of the CNS. He is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery at Emory University, School of Medicine, where he has...

P. David Adelson

2009, New Orleans

P. David Adelson, MD, FACS, FAAP, is honored to serve the Congress of Neurological Surgeons as its President for 2008- 2009. He has served on the Executive Committee of the CNS in numerous roles...

Anthony L. Asher

2008, Orlando

Anthony L. Asher, MD, FACS, received his BA degree in Religion and Biology from Kalamazoo College in 1982. He graduated from Wayne State University Medical School in 1987 and while there was named to...

Douglas S. Kondziolka

2007, San Diego

Douglas Kondziolka is proud to serve the Congress of Neurological Surgeons as its 57th President. He has served on the Executive Committee of the CNS in numerous roles over the past decade including...

Richard G. Ellenbogen

2006, Chicago

Richard G. Ellenbogen is Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He holds the Theodore S. Roberts Endowed Chair in Neurological Surgery, is...

Nelson M. Oyesiku

2005, Boston

Dr. Oyesiku was born in Nigeria where he graduated from St. Gregory’s College and received his medical degree from the University of Ibadan. He then attended the University of London, UK as a...

Vincent Traynelis

2004, San Francisco

Vincent C. Traynelis is Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa. Dr. Traynelis has a significant research interest in cervical spinal kinematics and the biomechanics of cervical spinal...

Mark N. Hadley

2003, Denver

Mark Norman Hadley, the 53rd President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, was born and raised in Napa, California, one of three children of Jack and Marie Hadley. Mark was active in sports,...

Stephen M. Papadopoulos

2002, Philadelphia

Dr. Papadopoulos was born in 1956, the son of a Greek immigrant. His father arrived in the United States shortly after the war to attend college on an educational scholarship granted from the Greek...

Issam A. Awad

2001, San Diego

Issam Abdullah Awad was born in Beirut, Lebanon September 23, 1956 to a family with roots tracing to the 15th century. His childhood was shattered by his father’s passing when he was 11 years...

Daniel L. Barrow

2000, San Antonio

Daniel Louis Barrow was raised in west central Illinois, the first of four children of Dr. and Mrs. Warren C. Barrow. During high school, Dan was active in varsity sports including football, golf and...

H. Hunt Batjer

1999, Boston

Hunt Batjer was born in 1951 in Burlington, Vermont to parents Henry Huntington Batjer and Eleanor Thomas Batjer. During the Korean conflict, Mr. Batjer returned to naval service as a Lieutenant...

William A. Friedman

1998, Seattle

Dr. William Alan Friedman was born in Dayton, Ohio on April 25,1953. He attended high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated in 1970 as a National Merit Scholar and attended Oberlin College. He was...

Marc R. Mayberg

1997, New Orleans

Marc Mayberg grew up in Edina, Minnesota. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1974, where he played varsity football. During medical school at Mayo, he worked in the...

Stephen J. Haines

1996, Montreal

Stephen J. Haines was born on September 4, 1949 at the Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington, Vermont, the son of Gerald and Frances Haines. His father was spending a year in neurosurgical training at...

Ralph G. Dacey, Jr.

1995, San Francisco

Ralph went to Harvard College, and obtained his MD degree from the University of Virginia in 1974. After training in internal medicine, he returned to the University of Virginia for his surgical and...

Richard Roski

1994, Chicago

Dick and Debbie Roski live in Davenport, Iowa. They both grew up outside Cleveland, Ohio and met at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital where Debbie worked as an R.N. and Dick was in his neurosurgical...

Arthur L. Day

1993, Vancouver

Arthur L. Day, MD, Professor, Co-Chairman , and Residency Program Director of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Florida, graduated from Louisiana State University Medical...

William F. Chandler

1992, Washington DC

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...

Michael Salcman

1991, Orlando

Michael Salcman was born in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia and came to the United States in 1948. After attending public schools in New York, he entered the 6-year Combined Program in Liberal Arts and...

Hal L. Hankinson

1990, Los Angeles

Hal Lomax Hankinson was born in Tyler, Texas, on December 23, 1942. His father was in the oil business and ultimately the family moved to Houston where Hal attended high school. He became interested...

J. Michael McWhorter

1989, Atlanta

J. Michael McWhorter was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on November 8, 1941. He was awarded a B.S. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg in 1963. He graduated from the...

Christopher B. Shields

1988, Seattle

Dr. Shields was the first Canadian president of the Congress. He was born in Schumacher, a small gold-mining town in northern Ontario where he lived until finishing secondary school. He graduated...

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...

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-...

Robert A. Ratcheson

1985, Honolulu

Robert A. Ratcheson was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 24, 1940. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and received a B.S. degree from Northwestern University in 1962 and a M.D. degree...

Edward R. Laws, Jr.

1984, New York

Edward R. Laws was born on April 29, 1938 in New York City, the son of a physician. He left New York in 1955 to attend Princeton University where he received an A.B. with honors in the Special...

John M. Tew, Jr.

1983, Chicago

Dr. John M. Tew, Jr. began his education at Wake Forest University and the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine. Completing his early surgical training at Cornell Medical Center and Peter Bent Brigham...

Donald H. Stewart, Jr.

1982, Toronto

Donald H. Stewart, Jr. was born a "Tar Heel" at Duke University Hospital on December 8, 1934. His family lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but there was no hospital there at the time....

J. Fletcher Lee

1981, Los Angeles

James Fletcher Lee, the second of three sons, was born in the historical southern city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1934, where his parents, Jack and Mary Lee, raised him, along with his two...

Robert H. Wilkins

1980, Houston

Robert H. Wilkins was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on August 18, 1934. He received the B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1955 and the M.D. degree from the same institution in 1959...

David L. Kelly, Jr.

1979, Las Vegas

David L. Kelly, Jr., was born in Elkin, North Carolina, April 25, 1935. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina. He was elected to Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa...

Albert L. Rhoton, Jr.

1978, Washington DC

Albert L. Rhoton, Jr. was born November 18, 1932, in Parvin, Kentucky. He graduated from Washington University School of Medicine, cure laude, with the highest academic standing in the class of 1959...

Bruce F. Sorensen

1977, San Francisco

Bruce Farrell Sorensen was born January 25, 1931 in Aurora, Illinois, the second son of Alton H. Sorensen, Sr. and Ruth Bergquist. His father had just completed a master's degree in structural...

Robert G. Ojemann

1976, New Orleans

Dr. Robert G. Ojemann was born in Iowa City, Iowa on May 5, 1931. He graduated from the University of Iowa with highest distinction and from its medical school in 1955 where he ranked first in his...

James T. Robertson

1975, Atlanta

James T. Robertson was born April 5, 1931 in McComb, Mississippi. He is married to Valeria Brower Robertson and they have six children and four grandchildren. The youngest son, Dan, is in...

George T. Tindall

1974, Vancouver

George T. Tindall has made significant contributions to American neurosurgery. He is well respected for his surgical skills, research, publications, and leadership in neurosurgical organizations. His...

Bernard S. Patrick

1973, Honolulu

Bernard Sutherland Patrick was born in Booneville, Mississippi, February 16, 1927. He grew up in Corinth, Mississippi and was a fourth generation physician in his family. His undergraduate studies...

John N. Meagher

1972, Denver

Dr. John N. Meagher was born on December 23, 1925 in Springfield, Ohio. He attended public schools and then entered Kenyon College. He served a 36-month tour in the United States Navy in the Aviation...

Donald F. Dohn

1971, Miami

Donald F. Dohn was born on August 16, 1925 in Buffalo, New York. He attended the Kenmore public schools in Tonawanda, New York. He received his premedical education at the University of Buffalo in...

John M. Thompson

1970, St. Louis

John Morgan Thompson was born in Tampa, Florida on February 14, 1924. He attended the University of Florida and received a B.S. degree at Tulane University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He...

Paul C. Sharkey

1969, Boston

Dr. Sharkey was born in Washington, D.C. on May 10, 1924. He lived in several Northeastern cities where his father was a hospital administrator. His family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1936. During...

John Shillito, Jr.

1968, Toronto

John Shillito was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1922. He moved to Boston in 1929 and his schooling from there on was in that area. He was a freshman at Harvard College when the Japanese attacked Pearl...

John R. Russell

1967, San Francisco

John R. Russell was born March 17, 1922 in Bloomington, Indiana. The delivery of five babies that day swamped the medical staff of the town's tiny hospital, so John's father was pressed into...

William H. Mosberg, Jr.

1966, San Juan

William H. Mosberg, Jr. was born on August 22, 1920 in Baltimore, Maryland. His early education was in Baltimore public schools. He graduated from high school in 1936 at the age of 15, in the midst...

Gordon van den Noort

1965, Chicago

Gordon van den Noort was born May 8, 1922 in Buitenzorg, Java, Netherlands East Indies, of American parents. He attended Dartmouth College and graduated in November, 1943 with a B.A. degree. He then...

Edward C. Weiford

1964, Miami

Dr. Edward Clinton Weiford was born on July 4, 1918 in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Westport High School in 1935 with varsity letters as quarterback in football, forward in basketball,...

A. Roy Tyrer, Jr.

1963, Denver

1918-2010On November 22, 2010, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) lost a Founding Father, and the neurosurgical community one of its most eminent practitioners.Mary Louise and Austin Roy...

Richard L. DeSaussure

1962, Houston

1917-2008On September 24, 2008, while the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) held its 58th Annual meeting, the CNS and the world neurosurgical community lost one of its pillars, Richard L....

Martin P. Sayers

1961, New York

A Middle Westerner and a graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Sayers became, before entering medical school, a close friend of Harry E. LeFever, professor ofneurosurgery at the Ohio State...

Thomas M. Marshall

1960, Chicago

Thomas M. Marshall was born in 1917 to Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Marshall in Frankfort, Kentucky where his father was an attorney. During early school years, an interest in music was pursued on the French...

Philip D. Gordy

1959, Miami

Dr. Gordy received his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1943. Following this he served an internship and assistant residency in surgery at The New York Hospital. During this...

Raymond K. Thompson

1958, San Francisco

Raymond Kief Thompson was born in Vermillion, South Dakota on June 16, 1916, the son of a college professor. His early years were spent in New York City. With his family he moved to Maryland in 1920...

Frederick C. Rehfeldt

1957, Washington DC

Frederick C. Rehfeldt was born in Jackson, Mississippi on July 1, 1915. His father was a physician. He attended the Millsap College between 1932 and 1936. He graduated from the Tulane University...

Bland W. Cannon

1956, Chicago

Bland Wilson Cannon was born on April 4, 1920 in Brownsville, Tennessee. He attended Rhodes College and received a B.S. degree in 1941. He then attended Northwestern University Graduate School and...

Donald B. Sweeney

1955, Los Angeles

Dr. Donald B. Sweeney was born on March 17, 1917 in Mason City, Iowa. After receiving a B.S. degree from the University of Iowa he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa...

James R. Gay

1954, New York

Dr. James Rowland Gay was born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania on June 23, 1914. He received a B.S. degree from The Virginia Polytechnic and State University (1935), and an M.D. degree from The Johns...

Nathaniel R. Hollister

1953, New Orleans

Nathaniel Roger Hollister was born on May 18, 1915. He was the third son of Robert R. Hollister, M.D. and Susan Holdredge. Dr. Hollister stood in considerable awe of his physician father and seldom...

Hendrik J. Svien

1952, Chicago

Hendrik (Hank) Julius Svien was born in a farming community near Rochester, Minnesota, of Norwegian parentage in 1911. He entered St. Olaf College and graduated cum laude in chemistry. He later...

Elmer E. Schultz

1951, St. Louis

Elmer C. Schultz, "Dutch" as he was known to his many friends, was born and raised in Michigan. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, and took part of his...