Shelley N. Chou Research and Lectureship Fund
Shelley Nien-chun Chou was a man of remarkable achievements, all the more amazing when one considers his humble beginnings. In 1924, he was born in a small village in China into a family who placed great emphasis on education. When Shelley began his formal education, World War II curtailed its completion. Fortuitously, with his acquired fluency in English, Shelley was befriended by a variety of western contacts who influenced his decision after the war to emigrate to the United States.
He attended the University of Utah and in 1949 was awarded his MD. Residency at the University of Minnesota followed and then a tour at the National Institutes of Health working in neurophysiology. In 1960, Shelley returned to the University of Minnesota faculty. Over the following years, he moved up the academic ladder to ultimately be selected as Chairman of Neurosurgery in 1974.
A Neurosurgery Pioneer
Dr. Chou's contributions to neurosurgery were prolific, including pioneering research in brain scanning, along with major clinical contributions in cerebrovascular and spinal surgery. He was president of numerous neurosurgical organizations. Perhaps his greatest contribution was his deep interest in graduate neurosurgical education, particularly involving the American Board of Neurological Surgery and Residency Review Committee, where his influence will continue to be felt for many years to come.
An Esteemed Leader
The esteem with which he was held by his colleagues at Minnesota and the wide respect for his leadership ability became obvious when, after the resignations of the Dean of the Medical School and of the Vice President for Health Sciences, Dr. Chou became the unanimous choice of the Clinical and Basic Science faculties to become the Interim Dean of the Medical School and Vice President for Medical Affairs. After his retirement from these positions, he found more time to enjoy the desert southwest during the winters. Dr Chou passed away in July of 2001.
An Enduring Legacy
The fund established in his name will be used to further neurosurgical research, particularly in the areas of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and cerebellar dysfunction. The fund will also be used to bring a noted neuroscientist to the University to lecture on current advances in neurosurgery and related fields.
June 1, 2018 Lecture
The 24th Shelley N. Chou Lectureship featured Bob S. Carter, MD, PhD, FAANS, Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston; and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery of Massachusetts General Hospital. Carter’s clinical specialties include neuro-oncologic surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, neurocritical care and acute care neurosurgery. His presentation was titled, “Fostering the Next Generation of Neurosurgeon Scientists.”
Carter earned his MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and his PhD in genetic epidemiology, from the John Hopkins School of Public Health. His BA in chemistry was from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He completed his neurosurgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and was a post-doctoral Fellow in Gene Therapy in the Richard Mulligan Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Children’s Hospital in Boston. While most of his service has been with Massachusetts General, Carter spent seven years as an attending neurosurgeon at University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
While he was at UCSD, Carter co-directed the Moores Cancer Center Brain Tumor Program and was Clinical Director of the Neuro Institute. He also spent a year as Faculty Chair of UCSD School of Medicine. In addition, Carter has held leadership positions in several neurosurgical societies.
A current member of the Journal of Neurosurgery editorial board, Carter has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as reviews, book chapters and case reports. Please see Google Scholar for his latest publications. A prolific researcher, Carter has received grants from organizations such as the Brain Tumor Society, National Institutes of Health, ABC2 Foundation, and the Harvard Center for Human Cell Therapy.
May 5, 2017: Kim J. Burchiel, MD, FACS, John Raaf Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Neurological Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, "The Case for Asleep DBS Surgery"
May 6, 2016: L. Nick Hopkins, MD, FACS, chairman, University of Buffalo (NY) Neurosurgery Department, "Innovation in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke"
May 15, 2015: Fredric B. Meyer, MD, Alfred Uihlein Family Professor of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota; Mayo Clinic Enterprise Chair of Neurologic Surgery; and director of the Neuroregenerative Medicine & Surgery Program in Mayo's Center for Regenerative Medicine, "Triple Threat"
May 2, 2014: L. Dade Lunsford, MD, Lars Leksell Professor and Distinguished Professor at the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, "Rationale and Results of Radiosurgery for AVM"
March 22, 2013: R. Michael Scott, MD, "Long-term Experience with the Surgical Treatment of Moyamoya Disease"
May 18, 2012: John M. Tew, MD, "Evolution of the Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia"
May 13, 2011: Volker N. Sonntag, MD, "The Journey of Spinal Neurosurgery in the USA"
April 23, 2010: George Ojemann, MD, "Basic science in the operating room: investigating the neurologic basis of cognition during epilepsy surgery"
February 27, 2009: Roberto C. Heros, MD, "Intracranial Dural Arteriorvenous Fistulas"
June 19, 2008: Alim Louis Benabid, MD, PhD, "How Can We Intervene in the Brain with Deep Electrical Stimulation?"
May 18, 2007: Rudolph Fahlbush, MD, "Intraoperative MRI in Neurosurgery"
May 5, 2006: John VanGilder, MD, University of Iowa, "Minnesota-Iowa Neurosurgery: A History"
May 6, 2005: Julian T. Hoff, MD, University of Michigan, "Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Clinical and Experimental Progress"
January 16, 2004: Edward H. Oldfield, MD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, MD, "Regional Drug Delivery Using Convection: Implications for Pharmacological Delivery"
November 17, 2000: Donlin M. Long, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, "The Philosophy of Neurosurgery: Harvey Cushing, Walter Dandy, Johns Hopkins and the University of Minnesota"
September 24, 1999: Robert F. Spetzler, MD, Barrow Neurosurgical Associates, Phoenix, AZ, "Spinal Vascular Lesions"
August 1, 1997: Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., MD (deceased), University of Florida, "Anatomy and Syndromes of the Posterior Fossa"
October 25, 1996: Robert G. Grossman, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, "Pallidotomy for Parkinson's Disease"
October 27, 1995: Lindsay Symon, CBE, TD, FRC, FACS, The National Hospital, Queen Square, London, “Some Physiological Aspects of the Surgery of Giant Aneurysms"
June 11, 1994: C. Miller Fisher, MD, Harvard Medical School, "Brain Herniation — An Update"
June 4, 1993: Charles G. Drake, MD, CC, OOnt, FRCSC, University of Western Ontario, London, "Management of Cerebral Aneurysms"
April 10, 1992: Vinko V. Dolenc, MD, PhD, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, "Twelve Years’ Experience with Cavernous Sinus Surgery"
April 6, 1991: Charles B. Wilson, MD, University of California, San Francisco, "Cryptic Vascular Malformations – A Spectrum"