Chairman's Corner

Happy New Year

The Holidays are one of my favorite times of year. Despite the added commitments and stress, people are happy and friendly, and for a short time we can all temporarily forget our problems and those confronting the rest of the world. This is also a time of year to give thanks and celebrate all that we have. In that spirit, I give thanks to the many talented and extraordinary people I work with for their dedication, exceptional expertise, hard work and fortitude!

At Stanford Neurosurgery, 2018 was a year marked by an unusually high number of personal celebrations as many of our staff got engaged or married, and welcomed new children and grandchildren to their families. I too celebrated becoming a grandfather for the first time with the birth of my beautiful granddaughter, Emma.

Our team was thrilled with the grand-opening of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital this past year, which includes one-of-a-kind neuro hybrid cath lab/operating room suites and intraoperative MRIs. We were also excited to open the new Neurosurgery Anatomy Lab and to launch the Brain Metastases Consortium. Our clinicians and researchers continued to be recognized for their excellence and leadership; including the Leibrock Lifetime Achievement Award presented to alumnus Dr. Donald J. Prolo and the Cushing Award presented to neurosurgeon and innovator John R. Adler at this year’s AANS Annual Meeting. Dr. Melanie Hayden Gephart was honored by her Alma Mater with a 40 under 40 Healer Award, Dr. Odette Harris was named to Ebony’s Power 100 List, the Stanford School of Medicine recognized Theo Palmer, PhD with the School’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Service, and the McKnight Foundation awarded its annual Scholar Award to researcher Brad Zuchero, PhD. In addition, The American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons elected Dr. Anand Veeravagu as Member-at-Large and Co-Chair of their Education Committee, and Dr. Harminder Singh as the Association’s new president.

Furthermore, several of our faculty received significant grants this past year, including a major gift by Tad and Diane Taube to advance concussion research led by Dr. Gerald Grant, and an award by the National Science Foundation to E.J. Chichilnisky to support his training of young scientists in neurotech. We were also proud to host the West Coast’s first Facial Pain Conference, and the prestigious International Sunderland Society biennial meeting at Stanford this year. We welcomed two wonderful new neurosurgeons to our team, Dr. Tene Cage and Dr. Juan C. Fernandez-Miranda, and are looking forward to welcoming neurosurgeon Corinna Zygourakis who will join us in the new year. I’m incredibly proud of our faculty’s accomplishments, and am looking forward to seeing what they achieve in the coming year. 

On behalf of the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery, I wish you all a healthy, prosperous and happy 2019!