Haines Family Lectureship

The Haines Family Lectureship on Clinical Research in Neurosurgery

Gerald HainesThe Haines family has a long association with the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. The late Gerald Haines (pictured at left) came to the University of Minnesota to begin his residency training in neurosurgery in 1949 after serving in the Army in World War II. He completed his internship at Worcester City Hospital in Massachusetts and a year of pathology training at the University of Vermont. Dr. Haines finished his residency training in 1953, having done course and experimental work in pursuit of the PhD in Neurosurgery. He spent one year at the Montreal Neurological Institute under the tutelage of Wilder Penfield and William Cone. After completing training in 1953, Dr. Haines entered the practice of neurosurgery in Schenectady, NY. During the early years of his practice, he completed his PhD dissertation titled, “Studies on the Blood-brain and Blood-liquor Barriers by Radioisotope Methods,” and was awarded his degree in 1959. His dedication to the science of neurosurgery must have made a great impression on his son, Stephen, who followed in his footsteps many years later.

Following in his father's footsteps
Photo of Stephen Haines, MDStephen Haines, born the year his father began neurosurgical residency, followed his father to obtain an MD degree at the University of Vermont, where the Haines family had deep roots. His surgical internship at the University of Minnesota was followed by residency training at the University of Pittsburgh and a period of study under the auspices of the Van Wagenen Fellowship of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in Oxford. In 1982, Shelley Chou, a 1955 graduate of the residency program who became Head of the Department in 1974, brought Stephen onto the faculty where he rose to the rank of Professor in 1993. In 1997, he assumed the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. In December 2003, the pull of Minnesota brought him back to the department as the Lyle A. French Chair, Professor and Head of the Department of Neurosurgery.

Focus on scientific investigation

Both Drs. Haines are devoted to applying the principles of scientific investigation to the practice of neurosurgery. Stephen’s work in the application of clinical trials methodology to clinical neurosurgery and subsequently to the field of evidence-based neurosurgery, brought international recognition to the U’s Department of Neurosurgery as a leader in this field. In 2011, to recognize the importance of this subject, bring outstanding practitioners of high quality clinical research to the department, recognize the visitor’s accomplishments and stimulate more high quality clinical research, Drs. Gerald and Stephen Haines endowed the Haines Family Lectureship in Clinical Neurosurgical Research. The lecture will bring a recognized authority to the department each year to interact with residents and faculty and give a lecture to the Minnesota neurosurgical community.

September 28, 2018 Lecture

Timothy C. Ryken, MD, MS, FACS, FAANSThe 7th Haines Family Lectureship on Clinical Research in Neurosurgery will be given by Timothy C. Ryken, MD, MS, FACS, FAANS, professor of Neurosurgery for the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH. His topic: Neurosurgical Translational Research: Asking Good Questions – Using Good Data.

A graduate of the residency program at the University of Iowa College of Medicine’s Division of Neurosurgery in Iowa City, IA, Ryken was also a Van Wagenen Fellow. He completed his fellowship at the University of Cambridge’s John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair in England.

Most of Ryken’s career was spent teaching and practicing neurosurgery at the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City. He also taught for two years at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City before joining the faulty at Dartmouth. While in Iowa, he was Chairman and Director of the Iowa Spine Institute. He is currently Neurosurgery Section Chief at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.

On being appointed to his current position in 2017, Ryken wrote, “The honor of being chosen as only the fourth Chief of Neurosurgery since the programs’ inception in 1947 speaks to the stability and longevity of the leadership that has been in place and that I plan to continue. The focus on training excellent neurosurgical residents, providing a promising and supportive environment for primary and translational research and the continued expansion of neurosurgical patient care for the region will continue to drive the decisions and development that will be in place in the years ahead.”

Among his many research interests, Ryken has done work in computer-assisted, image-guided neurosurgery procedure development for improved clinical outcome and for assisting with delivery of genetically modified material to the central nervous system. He is also interested in creating evidence-based guidelines for treating central nervous system tumors and neurosurgical procedures in general.

Ryken has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences, has been a visiting professor at institutions throughout the world, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. He has helped write dozens of book chapters and more than 60 abstracts. Learn more.

Previous Lectureships

Robert Harbaugh, MDMarch 23, 2018: Robert Harbaugh, MD, FACS, FAHA, University Distinguished Professor and Director, Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute. His lecture was titled, "The Science of Practice: A New Algorithm for Clinical Research and Quality Improvement in Neurosurgery."


Abhaya Kulkarni, MD, MSc, PhDNovember 11, 2016: Abhaya Kulkarni, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCSC, staff neurosurgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. His lecture was titled, "Multicenter, International Collaborations in Hydrocephalus: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward." 

Cormac MaherAugust 7, 2015: Cormac Maher, MD, Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His lecture was titled, "What We Don't Know (but really should know) About Chiari Malformation."

KestleJuly 18, 2014: John R. W. Kestle, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Vice Chair, Clinical Research, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Utah. His lecture was titled, "Hydrocephalus: Trials and Tribulations."

BarkerJuly 12, 2013: Frederick G. Barker, II, MD, tumor neurosurgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital; faculty member, Harvard Medical School. His lecture was titled, “Opinion-based Neurosurgery: How Neurosurgeons Decide When Evidence is Lacking.”

WaltersJuly 27, 2012: Beverly C. Walters, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, in conjunction with the Peyton Society meeting and the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Neurosurgery Department. Her lecture was titled, "Adventures in Evidence-based Neurosurgery."