Dr. Robert Solomon, Chairman and Director of Service for the Department of Neurosurgery at Columbia University Medical Center, was the esteemed neurosurgeon chosen this year by the New York Society for Neurosurgery to give this year’s Elsberg lecture.
Another Columbia Neurosurgeon, Dr. E. Sander Connolly is the current President of the New York Society for Neurosurgery and he introduced Dr. Solomon who’s lecture, New York City at the Dawn of Neurological Surgery, was informative and a delight to all who attended the event.
The tradition of this annual Lecture was started in 1950 by the Society and named after one of the fathers of neurosurgery, Charles A. Elsberg. Dr. Elsberg was the first chairman of Neurological Surgery at the Neurological Institute of New York, part of Columbia University Medical Center. He was also the first to perform surgery at the institute, removal of an intramedullary spinal cord tumor, when the institute first opened more than 100 years ago.
For 63 years, the Elsberg lecture has been given by many distinguished neurosurgeons including, Ernest Sachs, Byron Stookey, Oliver Cope, J. Lawrence Pool, and in 2005 the lecture was given by Columbia Neurosurgeon Dr. Donald O. Quest.
You can learn more about Dr. Elsberg and Columbia Neurosurgery in our blog, Historical Perspective: First Surgery Performed At The Neurosurgery Department Has Come A Long Way.
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