Chou Lectureship

Shelley N. Chou Research and Lectureship Fund

Dr. ChouShelley 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.

May 5, 2017 Lecture

Kim Burchiel, MD, FACSKim J. Burchiel, MD, FACS, John Raaf Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Neurological Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland, will be this year’s Chou Lectureship speaker. His topic: The Case for Asleep DBS Surgery. He is head of the Division of Functional Neurosurgery at OHSU, and directs the Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery fellowship program that encompasses the surgical treatment of pain, movement disorders, and epilepsy. Burchiel’s major clinical interests are in deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders and other conditions, and the surgical treatment of pain, particularly trigeminal neuralgia. His research interests are concerned with the physiology of nociception and neuropathic pains, including trigeminal neuralgia, the neurosurgical treatment of movement disorders, epilepsy surgery, image-guided neurosurgery, and the application of DBS to the problem of obesity. Burchiel has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and his five published textbooks include, Surgical Management of Pain (1st and 2nd editions), Spinal Cord Injury Pain:  Assessment, Mechanisms, Management, and Microelectrode Recording in Movement Disorder Surgery.  He and his wife, Debra, have three children, and live in Portland, Oregon.  

Past Lectures

L. Nick Hopkins, MD

May 6, 2016. L. Nick Hopkins, MD, FACS, chairman, University of Buffalo (NY) Neurosurgery Department, Innovation in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke.

Fredric Meyer, MD

May 15, 2015. Fredric B. Meyer, MD, the Alfred Uihlein Family Professor of Neurologic Surgery in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minn. He is also the Mayo Clinic Enterprise Chair of Neurologic Surgery and director of the Neuroregenerative Medicine & Surgery Program in the Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Lundsford

May 2, 2014. L. Dade Lunsford, MD, Lars Leksell Professor and Distinguished Professor at the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Scott

March 22, 2013, R. Michael Scott, MD, "Lessons from the Natural History of Cavernous Malformations in the Pediatric Population"

Dr. Sonntag

May 13, 2011, Volker N. Sonntag, MD, "The Journey of Spinal Neurosurgery in the USA"

Dr. Ojemann

April 23, 2010, George Ojemann, MD, "Basic science in the operating room: investigating the neurologic basis of cognition during epilepsy surgery"

Dr. Heros

February 27, 2009, Roberto C. Heros, MD, "Intracranial Dural Arteriorvenous Fistulas"

Dr. Bennabid

June 19, 2008, Alim Louis Benabid, MD, PhD, "How can we intervene in the brain with deep electrical stimulation?"

Dr. Fahlbush

May 18, 2007, Rudolph Fahlbush, MD, "Intraoperative MRI in Neurosurgery"

Dr. VanGilder

May 5, 2006, John VanGilder, MD, University of Iowa, "Minnesota-Iowa Neurosurgery: A History"

Dr. Hoff 

May 6, 2005, Julian T. Hoff, MD, University of Michigan, "Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Clinical and Experimental Progress"

Dr. Oldfield

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"

Dr. Long

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"

Dr. Spetzler

September 24, 1999, Robert F. Spetzler, MD, Barrow Neurosurgical Associates, Phoenix, AZ, "Spinal Vascular Lesions"

Dr. Rhoton

August 1, 1997, Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., MD (deceased), University of Florida, "Anatomy and Syndromes of the Posterior Fossa"

Dr. Grossman

October 25, 1996, Robert G. Grossman, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, "Pallidotomy for Parkinson's Disease"

Dr. Symon

October 27, 1995, Lindsay Symon, CBE, TD, FRC, FACS, The National Hospital, Queen Square, London, “Some Physiological Aspects of the Surgery of Giant Aneurysms"

Dr. Fisher

June 11, 1994, C. Miller Fisher, MD, Harvard Medical School, "Brain Herniation. An Update"

Dr. Dolenc

April 10, 1992. Vinko V. Dolenc, MD, PhD, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, "Twelve Years’ Experience with Cavernous Sinus Surgery"

Dr. Wilson

April 6, 1991. Charles B. Wilson, MD, University of California, San Francisco, "Cryptic Vascular Malformations – A Spectrum"