The CNS Remembers Dr. Albert L. Rhoton Jr.

It is with great sadness that the CNS shares the passing of Past President Dr. Albert L. Rhoton Jr. 

“Dr. Rhoton embodied everything the CNS believes in,” said Russell Lonser, CNS President. “He will be remembered as one of neurosurgery’s greatest educators—a true leader and mentor—and a kind man who always had time for his students and colleagues.”

Albert L. Rhoton Jr., MD, was born in Parvin, Kentucky. He attended Washington University Medical School where he graduated with the highest academic standing in the class of 1959, and later returned there for his neurosurgical training. In 1972, Dr. Rhoton became the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Florida, where he would finish out his illustrious career.

In addition to serving as President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in 1978, Dr. Rhoton was also the CNS Honored Guest in 1993 and received the CNS Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and the Founders Laurel Award in 2006. Throughout his career, Dr. Rhoton served as faculty for countless CNS courses and sessions, using his unique 3D neuroanatomical video and slides to educate generation after generation of neurosurgical residents.

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He is sadly missed. Surely he has contributed a lot to Neurosurgery. I have learned a lot from him. Rest in Peace
Sao Paulo,
I am so grateful and honored to have worked with him even in his last days. He was the best mentor I've ever had. His last words to his fellows: "keep working hard"! We will, Dr Rhoton!
Kolkata,West Bengal,
The unfaltering sweet monotone of your 3D classes will ever echo in the ears of hundreds of lucky neurosurgeons for eternity. RIP professor! You were a true giant and most-loved teacher of Neuro-anatomy that ever lived on this earth. Millions of 'Pranams' (bow) to your pure soul!!