John and Shirley Hanbery Scholarship Fund in Neuroscience

History: The Hanbery Scholarship was established as an endowment fund with various gifts collected in honor of Dr. Hanbery.  The goal was to provide a stipend yearly to a Medical or Graduate student who would be selected and thus designated as the HanberyScholar.

Committees Responsibilities:

  • Identify this scholarship with the Department of Neurosurgery foremost and to award it to a student outside neurosurgery only with the approval of the Department of Neurosurgery Chair.
  • Mandate the integral participation of the Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, in the selection of the HanberyScholar.
  • All aspects of the Submission Packet will be reviewed by the Committee and will be included in selection of the Scholar.



  • The Scholarship provides a subsistent recognition of the unique contributions of Dr. Hanbery in Neurosurgery
  • The Scholarship establishes a dimension otherwise neglected for the neurosurgery program in undergraduate medical education and thereby promotes that program.
  • The Hanbery Scholarship supports Stanford Medical and Graduate (PhD) students and, more generally supports the research of the Hanbery Scholar (in addition to stipend).
  • The scholarship can be used for living expenses, lab experiments and travel


 Requirements of the Scholar:

To remain focused on the goal of the fellowship the Scholar will be selected based on interest and capability in the neurosciences, most specifically in neurosurgery.

  1. Scholar will have the opportunity to work with Neuroscience Mentor on a project
  2. Present your findings at the Hanbery Society meeting


Requirements for Submission:

Please submit:

1. Cover Letter that includes: 

  • Name of the applicant
  • Contact information
  • Reason for request
  • Suitability for consideration


2. Name of Faculty Sponsor

3. Letter of recommendation

This Scholarship is supported by the generosity of:

Jerry Silverberg

Tom Clancy

Fran Conley

Denver Nelson

Mike Kendrick

Richard Britt

Ken Burres

Dennis Becker

Mark Anderson

Ray and Katherine Miller

Don and Joanne Prolo

Lawrence Steinhardt

Mrs. Herbert Cabral

Glen Kindler

Marshal Rosario

Philip Greer

Jerry and Donna Silverberg

Bill Lewis

Mick Pont

Richard Brown

Jan Belza

Dewitt Gifford

Ray Miller

George Koenig

Jack Runnels

Kim Page

About John Hanbery

In 1954, John Hanbery, MD, joined Stanford University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, where he stayed for an impressive 35 years. He completed his residency in general surgery at Stanford, and later studied at the Montreal Neurological Institute under Drs. Wilder Penfield and William Cone. In 1959, the school moved to Palo Alto, and Dr. Hanbery briefly worked at the Palo Alto Clinic before returning to Stanford in 1961 to establish its first Neurosurgery Residency program. He became the Head of the Division of Neurosurgery in 1964 and held the position until 1989. Dr. Hanbery was renowned for his clinical skills, leadership in Spine and Pediatric Neurosurgery, and dedication to training 26 Neurosurgery residents during his tenure.