Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group
James T. Rutka, MD, PhD
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Born in Toronto, and educated at Princeton University (1975-1977), and Queen's University Medical School (1977-1981), Dr. Rutka did an internship at McGill University (1981-1982) 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 (1984-1987). Upon conclusion of his neurosurgical residency 1989, Dr. Rutka did a clinical fellowship in microvascular neurosurgery with Dr Kenichiro Sugita at the University of Nagoya, and a post-doctoral research fellowship in molecular immunology at Juntendo University, Tokyo (1990).
Dr. Rutka assumed his appointment in the Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery in 1990, and has been on the surgical staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery since that time. Dr. Rutka's primary research and clinical interests relate to the science and surgery of human brain tumors. His recent clinical interests have centred on the surgical treatment of epilepsy in children. He has over 375 peer-reviewed publications. His laboratory has been continually funded since 1992 with grants from the CIHR, NCIC, OICR, and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, and Neuro-Oncology. He was appointed as Co-Director of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumor Research Centre at the University of Toronto in 1998. In 1999, Dr. Rutka was promoted to Professor in the Department of Surgery, and was appointed Chairman of the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. From 1999-2011, Dr Rutka held the Dan Family Chair in Neurosurgery. In 2001 Dr. Rutka received the Lister Award in the Department of Neurosurgery for sustained contributions to surgical research at the University of Toronto. In 2002, Dr. Rutka was listed by Globe and Mail as one of the Nation Builders in Canada, in the section of Science and Technology. In 2004, he was honoured with the Grass Award from the Society of Neurological Surgeons. In 2005, he received the Farber Award from the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors for longstanding contributions to neuro-oncology research. In 2006, Dr Rutka was awarded the International Order of Smile, an award which honours individuals for their care and aid of children. 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. In 2011, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. That same year, he became President of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery, and the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. In April 2011, Dr. Rutka was appointed to the position of RS McLaughlin Chair in the Department of Surgery for a 5 year term. In 2012, he received the Ab Guha Award from the Society of Neuro-Oncology. And in 2013, he received the Charles B Wilson Award from the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors, and was appointed to the position of the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery.
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. 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. He launched the first global registry platform for neurosurgery that focused initially on the broad array of radiosurgical indications.In November 2012, Dr. Kondziolka joined the neurosurgery faculty at New York University as Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research.Dr. Kondziolka has published 475 articles in refereed journals, 250 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 recently 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. He has been a visiting professor at the top institutions in the United States and Canada, and has lectured extensively across the world.
Editor-in-Chief, Neurosurgical Focus
William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD
Salt Lake City, Utah
Dr. William T. Couldwell is current Editor-in-Chief of Neurosurgical Focus, our monthly online publication. He serves as professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah. He has served as the Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and president as well as secretary of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Couldwell is recognized internationally for his expertise in skull base and vascular neurosurgery.
Associate Editors, Neurosurgical Focus
Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD
Dr. Aaron Cohen-Gadol performed his undergraduate and medical school trainings at the University of California, San Diego, and University of Southern California, respectively. He then completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He also completed fellowship training in two subspecialties: epilepsy surgery (Yale University) and skull base/cerebrovascular surgery (University of Arkansas.) Dr. Cohen has a MS in clinical research. His areas of interest include surgical treatment of complex intracranial tumors and vascular lesions. He is a professor at Indiana University’s Department of Neurosurgery and Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine. He is the director of neurosurgical oncology and its fellowship, and co-director of the Signature Center Initiative to Cure Glioblastoma. He is the founder and president of The Neurosurgical Atlas, a multimedia resource for neurosurgical techniques.His clinical research interests include neurosurgical operative anatomy, innovative operative approaches to deep-seated lesions, and intraoperative fluorescence/mass spectroscopy. His basic science research is focused on novel drug therapies for glioblastoma. He has over 380 publications on the aforementioned topics. Dr. Cohen-Gadol is currently Associate Editor for Neurosurgical Focus.
Jason P. Sheehan, MD, PhD
Dr. Jason P. Sheehan graduated with highest distinction in chemical engineering at the University of Virginia. Later, he completed a master's of science in biomedical engineering and a doctorate in biological physics at the University of Virginia, where he also received his medical degree. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Virginia and did fellowships in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh and microsurgery at the Auckland Medical Center in New Zealand.After his neurosurgical training, he joined the faculty of the University of Virginia’s Department of Neurological Surgery; he currently serves as the Harrison Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery. He also is the vice chairman of academic affairs, neurosciences service line director, and director of stereotactic radiosurgery. He served as editor of the Self Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS). He also helps to direct the AANS and ASTRO national SRS registry. Dr. Sheehan's research effort focuses on translational and clinical studies for minimally invasive image-guided intracranial and spinal surgery. He has published more than 400 papers and served as the editor for several books. He has received the National Brain Tumor Foundation’s Translational Research Award, Young Neurosurgeon Award from the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons, the Integra Award, the Synthes Skull Base Award, Brainlab Neuro-Oncology Award, the Covey Pevehouse Award, and the Crutchfield Gage Research Award.Dr. Sheehan is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Society for Neuro-Oncology, Society of Neurological Surgeons, Neurosurgical Society of America, Society of Pituitary Surgeons, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, Leksell Gamma Knife Society, and Neurosurgical Society of the Virginias. He was elected to the Journal of Neurosurgery Editorial Board in 2013. Dr. Sheehan is Associate Editor of Neurosurgical Focus.
Editor Emeritus, Neurosurgical Focus
Martin H. Weiss, MD
Los Angeles, California
Dr. Weiss received his MD from Cornell University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, he is presently Professor and Martin H. Weiss Chair of Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California. Dr. Weiss' research interests have focused on studies of the dynamics of cerebrospinal fluid circulation, subcellular markers of neoplastic activity, and the clinical management of pituitary and parasellar tumors. He is a past Chairman of the Neurology B Study Section of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Residency Review Committee for Neurosurgery and Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Neurosurgery. Dr. Weiss has served as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Society of Neurological Surgeons as well as Vice President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is the recipient of the Cushing Medal from the AANS, the Jamieson Medal from the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia and the Cloward Medal from the Western Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Weiss served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery from 1987 to 1996 (Chairman 1995–1996) and is the Editor Emeritus of Neurosurgical Focus.