Haines Family Lectureship

The Haines Family Lectureship on Clinical Research in Neurosurgery

The Haines family has a long association with the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. The late Gerald Haines 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
Haines familyStephen 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.

2018 Lecture: Robert Harbaugh, MD, FACS, FAHA

Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FACS, FAHAThe Haines Family Lecture was held, March 23, 2018, and featured Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FACS, FAHA, of Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery. His topic was, The Science of Practice: A New Algorithm for Clinical Research and Quality Improvement in Neurosurgery. 

Harbaugh obtained his MD from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and his general surgery and neurosurgery training at Dartmouth. During his career at Dartmouth, Harbaugh served as Director of the Cerebrovascular Disease Center, Director of the Neurosurgical Laboratory and as acting Residency Program Director. In 2003, he accepted the position of Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Residency Program Director, and Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Pennsylvania State University. He was promoted to the rank of University Distinguished Professor and appointed as the Director of the Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute. In 2013, he was named a Penn State Alumni Fellow, the highest award of the Penn State Alumni Association. He also holds a clinical appointment as Guiding Professor of Neurosurgery at Huanhu Hospital in Tianjin, China.

An invited speaker throughout the world, Harbaugh's research interests include clinical trial design, outcomes analysis, quality improvement in neurosurgery and neural engineering. He has edited five books and published more than 400 articles, book chapters and abstracts on various neurosurgical topics. He has served on five editorial boards and obtained continuous research funding from the NIH, NATO, USDA, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, industry, foundations and other organizations since 1985.

Harbaugh holds and has held numerous leadership positions in national organizations. He is a Past President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, former Vice-Chair and Director and presently a member of the advisory board of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and Chairman of the Board of organized neurosurgery’s quality improvement and data management company, the Neuropoint Alliance, Inc. He also serves as the current Vice President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, as a member of the National Football League’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, as a member of the Strategic Vision Committee of the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Registry, and as a member of the Steering Committee of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Lebanon Valley College and the Saint Joan of Arc School.

Harbaugh has five children and is married to Kimberly S. Harbaugh, MD, who is a neurosurgeon specializing in peripheral nerve surgery. 

Previous Lectureships

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.”

WaltersBeverly C. Walters, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, July 27, 2012, 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."