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Robert G. Grossman, M.D.


Robert G. Grossman, M.D.

Robert G. Grossman, M.D.

Full/Founding Member
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

Phone: 713-441-3800
Fax: 713-793-1004
E-mail: rgrossman@houstonmethodist.org

Education and Training

B.A. Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA (Natural Science and Mathematics)
M.D. Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

Postdoctoral Training

Internship, Surgical Service, The University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S.A.R., Department of Neurosurgery, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, D.C., Laboratory of Robert Galambos, M.D.
Assistant Resident, Department of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
Chief Resident, Department of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY



Robert G. Grossman, M.D. is the co-founder and director of the Methodist Neurological Institute and chair of the neurosurgical service at The Methodist Hospital. He is internationally known for his contributions to advancing the treatment of head and spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, dystonia and epilepsy.

Dr. Grossman received his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was awarded the Borden Undergraduate Research Award in Medicine. He took his surgical internship at Strong Memorial Hospital University of Rochester. He served in the United States Army at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington D.C. His postgraduate training in neurosurgery was at the Neurological Institute of New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University.

Dr. Grossman has held academic appointments at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he was Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery. Dr. Grossman and Dr. Kemp Clark were the two neurosurgeons at Parkland Hospital who examined President Kennedy in Trauma Room #1.

Description of Research

Dr. Grossman's research has received recognition by the National Head Injury Foundation, which awarded him the Caveness Award in 1992, and by the Society of Neurological Surgeons, which in 1988 awarded him the Albert and Ellen Grass Foundation prize and medal for continuous commitment to research in the neurosciences by a neurological surgeon. In 2002, he received the Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Neurological Surgeons. In April, 2007, he received the Cushing Medal from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons for outstanding leadership, dedication and contributions to the field of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Grossman is the co-author of Neurobehavioral Consequences of Head Injury (1982), co-author of Medical Neurobiology, Mosby, St. Louis, in its third edition, co-editor with Christopher Loftus of Principles of Neurosurgery, in its second edition (1999), and co-editor of Pallidal Surgery for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (1998).

He served on numerous public advisory boards within the United States Public Health Service. He was Chairman of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) from 1991-1993, and a member of the National Advisory Council (NINDS) from 1993-1996. Dr. Grossman was a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery from 1984 to 1990, and was Chairman of the Board from 1989 to 1990. He is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Board. He was the President of the American Epilepsy Society, and of the Society of University Neurosurgeons, and was president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons from 1994-1995. He served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery from 1979-1989, and was Chairman of the Board from 1987-1989.

Major Areas of Research

Epilepsy, head injury, neurosurgery

Recent Publications

Dulay MF, Macias A, Levin HS, Jankovic J, Lai EC, Grossman RG, York MK. Depressed mood and memory impairment before and after unilateral posteroventral pallidotomy in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. (In Press)

Courtine G, Bunge MB, Fawcett JW, Grossman RG, Kaas JH, Lemon R, Maier I, Martin J, Nudo RJ, Ramon-Cueto, A, Rouiller EM, Schnell L, Wannier T, Schwab ME, Edgerton VR: Can experiments in nonhuman primates expedite the translation of treatments for spinal cord injury in humans? Nature Medicine 13(5): 561-566, 2007.

Bartlett P, Blight A, Dietz V, Dobkin B, Fawcett J, Fehlings M, Grossman RG, Guest J, Kleitman N, Lammertse D, Privat A, Steeves J, Tuszynski M: Development of SCI Clinical Trials Guidelines. www.icord.org/ICCP.html, 2006.

Dulay MF, York MK, Soety EM, Hamilton WJ, Mizhahi EM, Goldsmith IL, Verma A, Grossman RG, Yoshor D, Armstrong DD, Levin HS: Memory, Emotional and Vocational Impairments before and after Anterior Temporal Lobectomy for Complex Partial Seizures. Epilepsia 1-9, 2006.

Levy ML, Sullivan D, Faccio R, Grossman RG: A neuroforensic analysis of the wounds of President John F. Kennedy: Part 2 – A study of the available evidence, eyewitness correlations, analysis, and conclusions. Neurosurgery 54: 1298-1312, 2004.