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April 2005
Volume 2, Issue 1
MGH Neurosurgical Society Alumni News






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Adelbert Ames MD is not quite retired and maintains an appointment at MGH.

L.V. Amadur MD LLD:Retired. Former Guggenheim Fellow and Rockefeller Researcher. Dr. Amadur was a clinical professor at Univesity of Illinois and Northwestern University Medical Center.

Samuel J. Brendler MD retired from neurosurgery in 1986 and as Medical Director of Holyoke Hospital in 1997. He is a docent at the Springfield Museum and assists middle school science teachers in the Springfield system as part of the RSEED. He is re-taking humanities courses he "slept through in college"
Achievement: "Still walking and talking straight

E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD in 2003 became the Chairman and Dardinger Family Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
The Ohio State University Medical Center

Walter C. Cotter, MD who completed his residency in 1947, retired from practice in 1973, after a fulfilling career at hospitals around New England. He lives with his wife Sharon Lynn, a nurse at the VNA. They have six children and 13 grandchildren. Dr. Cotter spends his time fishing, golfing, and exploring. Quote: "It has been

A Message from Dr. Karl Swann

Dear MGH Neurosurgery Alumnus,

We will meet again during the upcoming AANS meeting in New Orleans, Monday afternoon at 5:30 PM at the Marriott. The Alumni Teaching and Research Fund to which your dues are applied, will be used this year to purchase a cadaver for Larry Borges to conduct resident teaching sessions. Residents will also be sent to various specialty meetings that they otherwise could not afford to attend. I encourage you to continue to support this worthwhile cause by sending in your annual dues. The Congress meeting in October will be in Boston. Bob Martuza plans a special event for alumni at that meeting. Please keep an eye out for additional information and plan to attend. As always, we are open to any suggestions about how to improve or better utilize our alumni association.

See you in New Orleans -April 18th 5:30 p.m.

a Golden Age of progress for our specialty. Wemust be good else why would so many brilliant people…want to work with us? Maybe even better years are still to come."

Jacques De rougemont MD is retired since 1991, formerly a Professor De L'Univesite in Neurosurgery, Chief of Service of Neurosurgery of the Center Hospital University of Grenoble, Chevalier D L'order of Merite

Gerald N. Gold MD retired from practice in 1999 and is currently teaching people to use computers. He is enjoying skiing, fishing and golf.

Allan J. Hamilton MD is Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center where he served as Co- chair . He received the Cosman Award for Innovation in Neurosurgery in 1996, the Leskell Award in 1995 and the Presidential Legion of Merit in 2000. Dr. Hamilton remains happily married to wife Jane, a clinical psychologist.

Father of three children, Josh, Luke, Tess. Lives on a small ranch on the outskirts of Tucson raising horses, cattle and bison.

Roberto C. Heros MD served as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2002; and is a Past-President, American Academy of Neurological Surgery, 2002. He was the Beks Distinguished Lecturer, Gardaren, The Netherlands, 2004. Campbell Visiting Professor, University of Indiana, 2004; Tindall Visiting Professor, Emory University Atlanta, GA 2002,Goldwater Lecturer and Visting Professor, Barrow Neurological Honored Guest of the Japanese Neurosurgical Society, 2003. Benjamin Whitcomb Honored Guest, NENS, 2002; Gardner Lecturer and Visiting Professor, Cleveland Clinic, 2002 and Eustace Semmes Honored Guest, Southern Neurosurgical Society, 2002

R. Wayne Hurt MD completed a four-year term as chairman of the Department of Surgery at Christus St. Joseph

Hospital in 2003 where he is currently chief of Neurosurgery and a member of the Medical Exeutive Committee. Dr. Hurt is also Director of the Neurosurgical Center for Pain Treatment and Research supported by a foundation. In addition he has maintained a general neurosurgical practice in Houston for the past 28 years.
Dr. Hurt says: "I have tried to follow the tradition of Dr. Sweet in performing radiofrequency trigeminal rhizotomy for about 2000 patients with trigeminal neuralgia and about 140 patients with chronic cluster headaches. I am collecting and analyzing data from thisr series and hope to publish soon.
Recently Sharon Ann and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary and our three sons, Nathaniel, Silas and Andrew are pursuing their own careers in Houston. No grandchildren yet, but the eldest, Nathaniel,. married Rebecca in 2003. We treasure our friendship with many neurosurgical MGH Alumni and hope to keep in touch indefinitely
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