Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group
James T. Rutka, MD, PhD
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Born in Toronto, and educated at Princeton University, and Queen's University Medical School, Dr. Rutka did an internship at McGill University before entering the University of Toronto Neurosurgery Training Program in 1982. His training included a research fellowship at the Brain Tumor Research Centre, the University of California San Francisco where he obtained his PhD in Experimental Pathology.
Dr. Rutka assumed his appointment in the Division of Neurosurgery, the Department of Surgery, the University of Toronto in 1990. He is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon whose clinical practice has been at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Rutka's primary research and clinical interests relate to the science and surgery of human brain tumors and epilepsy. He has over 500 peer reviewed publications.
In 1999, Dr. Rutka was promoted to Professor in the Department of Surgery, the University of Toronto, and was appointed to the Dan Family Chair in the Division of Neurosurgery—a position he held until 2011. In 2009, he was the Honored Guest at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Annual Meeting. In 2010–11, Dr. Rutka served as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). In 2011, he became President of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery, President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. That same year, he was appointed as the RS McLaughlin Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. In 2013, he became the first Canadian to be appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery, and was inducted as a Member of the Order of Ontario. In 2015, he received the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize from the University of British Columbia, the Robert L. Noble Award from the Canadian Cancer Society, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2017, he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Science, from his Medical School Alma Mater, Queen’s University. In 2019, he received the Cushing Medal from the AANS, the highest honour that can be bestowed on one of its members. Dr. Rutka is married to Mari Rutka. Together they have three children: Daniel, Hana and Marissa.
Douglas Kondziolka, MD
New York, New York
Dr. Douglas Kondziolka received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and graduated from the Toronto neurosurgery residency program in 1991. From 1989 to 1991 at the University of Pittsburgh, he completed a master of science program in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and a fellowship in stereotactic surgery and radiosurgery. His thesis focused on brain radiobiology.
He joined the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in January 1992 and later was named Chief of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He served as the Vice-Chair for Education. He was the neuroscience task force leader for the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Kondziolka served as principal investigator of the first two clinical neurotransplantation trials for the care of patients with stroke and completed a third as co-principal investigator on a study to evaluate bone marrow derived neuroprogenitor cell implantation for stroke. A fourth trial was completed in 2018. He has completed two clinical trials in neurostimulation research for major depression with the Department of Psychiatry and directed the UPMC Center for Brain Function and Behavior. His laboratory and clinical research in stereotactic radiosurgery spans the breadth of indications including benign and malignant tumors, vascular malformations and functional disorders.
In November 2012, Dr. Kondziolka joined the neurosurgery faculty at New York University as Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research. He launched the first global registry platform for neurosurgery that focused initially on the broad array of radiosurgical indications. Current research is on metabolic and vascular effects of brain tumor radiosurgery using novel neuroimaging techniques, brain tumor natural history studies, and clinical registry analytics.
Dr. Kondziolka has published 594 articles in refereed journals, 270 book chapters and/or invited publications, and has edited 8 books. He has completed four randomized controlled trials. He is a two-time recipient of the Stephen Mahaley Award for brain tumor clinical research from the Joint Section on Tumors of the AANS/CNS. He received the Lars Leksell Award from the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. In 2004, he was honored as the Penfield Lecturer of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society. In 2006 he received the Robert Florin Award of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons for socio-economic research, and in 2007, the AANS Integra Foundation Award. In 2007 he received the Jacob Fabrikant Award from the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society. In 2014 he received the Bernard Sanberg Award for significant research contributions from the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair. He is a Past-President of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and Past-President of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society. In 2006-2007, he served as President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He served as neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League from 2002-2012. He served as co-chair of the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery (2008-2013) and is now Associate Editor. In 2014 he became a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (2014-2020). He was appointed to the Residency Review Committee of the ACGME in neurosurgery (2020). He is President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. He has been a visiting professor at the top institutions in the United States and Canada, and has lectured extensively across the world. His h-index is 104.