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Dr. Robert Grossman receives highest AANS honor

Houston, TX - 4/2/2007

Dr. Robert Grossman, chair of neurosurgery at The Methodist Hospital and co-founder and director of the Methodist Neurological Institute (NI), is the recipient of the 2007 Harvey Cushing Medal, the highest honor awarded by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

The AANS recognizes Grossman’s efforts to advance the field of neurosurgery through his work with the Neurosurgical Research and Education Fund, which helps fund grants for young scientists, as well as his management of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS). Grossman was a director of the ABNS for six years, served as chairman of the board from 1989 to 1990, and is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Board.

Grossman will receive the Cushing Medal during the AANS 2007 Annual Meeting, April 15-19, in Washington, D.C.

Grossman has built an international reputation for his contributions to advancing the treatment of head and spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, dystonia and epilepsy. His research has received recognition by the National Head Injury Foundation and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.

He has published numerous basic and clinical scientific articles, as well as numerous textbooks of neuroscience and clinical neurosurgery. Grossman has held several academic appointments during his career, including U.T. Southwestern Medical School - Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where he was one of two neurosurgeons who examined President John F. Kennedy after he was shot.

Grossman received his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed a surgical internship at Strong Memorial Hospital University of Rochester. After serving in the United States Army at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington D.C., he completed his postgraduate training in neurosurgery at the Neurological Institute of New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University.

Awarded annually since 1977, the Harvey Cushing Medal recognizes an AANS member for distinguished service to the field of neurological surgery.