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Dr. Donald Quest Receives Columbia Alumni Medal

Dr Quest Portrait_SuitWe are so proud to announce that our Spine Center neurosurgeon, Dr. Donald Quest has once again been recognized for being the exceptional professional that he is. At the Columbia University Commencement Ceremony this May on the Morningside campus, President Lee Bollinger presented Dr. Quest with an Alumni Medal for distinguished service.

“Alumni Medalists are alumni of Columbia University selected to receive this high honor for their distinguished service of ten years or more to the University – including its schools, alumni associations, regional Columbia Clubs, and University-wide initiatives. The Medal was first awarded by Columbia in 1933.”– Columbia Commencement Webpage

Dr. Quest was one of ten medalists from within the Columbia system to be honored at the 2014 commencement. Awardees hailed from a number of Columbia schools including: Barnard College, the Business school, Teachers College, the Journalism School, and Columbia College. Dr. Quest was the only faculty member chosen from the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Quest graduated from Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1970 with his MD. He then went on to complete his neurosurgical residency at Massachussetts General Hospital and the Columbia University Neurological Institute of New York. He has been on faculty at Columbia’s Department of Neurosurgery since that time.

Dr. Quest is one of the most distinguished neurosurgeons in the country, he has been an officer (often President) of nearly all the neurosurgical societies in the United States, and in 2012 he became a Harvey Cushing Medalist. All the while, he has been fervently committed to his patients and his students at Columbia.

Dr. Quest is the J. Lawrence Pool Professor of Neurological Surgery and Assistant Dean of Students at Columbia University Medical Center. His dedication and many years of service to the University have long been recognized by his colleagues and appreciated by his students, and now with the merited Columbia Alumni Medal, the word is out and recorded for posterity.

Thank you Dr. Quest for all you do and congratulations on this recognition!

Learn more about Dr. Quest on his bio page here and below in our many related postings.


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