The Honor Your Mentor Program

Mentors have an enormous impact on a neurosurgeon’s professional life – as teachers, researchers, authors and colleagues. Honor Your Mentor (HYM) funds celebrate luminaries in neurosurgery: those who have inspired, taught and guided us.

The future of neurosurgery depends upon the type of leadership exemplified by the men and women who give of their time and talent to develop the specialty. By honoring a mentor, you recognize and celebrate their role in advancing neurosurgery.

In 2014, six HYM funds were launched with total pledges of $177,195 from 37 donors. By the close of 2015, there were 22 funds representing $1,182,225 in pledges from 257 donors. At the end of Fiscal Year 2019, there are 54 HYM funds with pledges totaling $5,597,036 from 1,537 donors.

54

Funds

$5,597,036

Pledged

1537

Donors

Each HYM fund has a specific area of interest. Donations are directed to a chosen research or educational endeavor and/or institution in the name of the mentor.

Current HYM Funds

Mentor
Purpose
A. Leland Albright
To support neurosurgery resident and fellow education in Africa.
Allan H. Friedman
To honor Dr. Allan Friedman and his leadership of the RUNN Course by supporting the RUNN Course.
Albert L. Rhoton, Jr.
To support maintenance and development of the Rhoton Collection® and funding for micro neuroanatomical research fellowships.
Andrew T. Parsa
To fund a fellowship or research grant for brain tumor research.
Anthony Marmarou
To fund TBI registry research and/or young investigator research in ICP and brain edema as well as to support the Marmarou Named Lectureship on ICP, cerebral edema and/or TBI-related topics at the Neurotrauma Section session of the AANS annual scientific meeting.
Charles B. Wilson
To fund brain tumor research.
Charles G. Drake
To honor the memory of Dr. Charles Drake, Professor and Chairman Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario.
Charles H. Tator
To support basic science research in spinal cord injury.
Charles Kuntz IV
To fund awards for residents and fellows to present research at the Spine Section’s Annual Meeting
Charles L. Branch, Sr.
To support clinical outcomes research for lumbar interbody fusion and cervical fusion using registry data.
Christopher I. Shaffrey
To support an international scholar surgeon to attend the DSPN Meeting to present a paper.
David Kline
To support peripheral nerve education and clinical or basic science research.
David L. Kelly, Jr.
To support resident education and research within department of neurosurgery at Wake Forest University.
Donald O. Quest
To fund the Quest Research Awards.
Ed Benzel
To support Clinical Outcomes Studies to analyze posture and deformity in cervical spondylotic myelopathy patients.
Edward H. Oldfield
To support innovative clinical and translational research performed by neurosurgical residents and fellows.
Edward R. Laws
To support resident education and research within the department of neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Edward S. Connolly
To support clinical outcome studies, clinical or basic science research and fellowships in spine.
Henry G. Schwartz
To support staff and resident education and research within the department of neurosurgery training program at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis.
Hoi Sang U
To support research into the molecular mechanisms of neurosurgical diseases with a focus on neurotrauma, neuro-oncology or aging.
Howard J. Silberstein
To promote resident attendance at national meetings and continued development of the University of Rochester Neurosurgery Cranial and Spine Lab.
James T. Rutka
To support the Tumor Section in its area of greatest need.
John A. Jane, Sr.
To be utilized for NREF-funded resident education and resident education at the University of Virginia.
John C. Oakley
To support education and research in the study of pain.
Joseph S. Cheng
To support clinical and basic science research in spine and training in spine.
Karin M. Muraszko
To help develop leaders in neurosurgery by providing mentoring and didactic education.
Katie O. Orrico
To support education on health policy, socio-economics and public and private sector advocacy.
Kent C. New
To support research and the clinical treatment of spinal cord injury.
Kim J. Burchiel
To support education and research in the neurosurgical treatment of pain.
Lyal G. Leibrock
To contribute funds for medical students, residents and young neurosurgeons for socio-economic education.
Martin H. Weiss
To support basic science or clinical research performed by neurosurgery residents.
Michael T. Lawton
To support clinical and basic science research, training and education in cerebrovascular neurosurgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute.
Military Heroes
To honor those who have served with funds utilized for military surgeons and surgeons-in-training.
Peter J. Jannetta
To honor the memory of the late Dr. Peter J. Jannetta and support research, education and innovation within the department of neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh.
Philip E. Stieg
To fund a skull base research fellowship at the Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Neurological Surgery.
R. Michael Scott
To support the R. Michael Scott Lectureship and related educational efforts at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Ralph G. Dacey
To fund the Ralph Dacey CV Research Lectureship at the CV section’s annual meeting.
Regis W. Haid Jr.
To support spinal clinical outcomes studies and fellowship research projects.
Richard G. Fessler
To support basic or clinical research directed toward developing or evaluating new spinal surgical techniques or the treatment of spinal cord injury.
Robert E. Harbaugh
To support rigorous research in registry-based clinical research in neurosurgery.
Robert F. Heary
To support mentorship of medical students and residents as well as facilitate involvement in organized neurosurgery.
Robertson Brothers
To support education and research within the University of Tennessee neurosurgery resident program.
Roy A. E. Bakay
To support research in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery.
Sanford J. Larson
To fund an award for best spine research paper at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.
Sanjiv Bhatia
To fund an international pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric epilepsy surgery traveling fellowship, a Bhatia lectureship and/or pediatric neurosurgery medical missions
Shelly D. Timmons
To support leadership development for all young neurosurgeons.
Stewart B. Dunsker
To support clinical or basic science research and fellowships in spine.
Thoralf M. Sundt, Jr.
To fund education and research within the Mayo Clinic Residency Program.
Ulrich Batzdorf
To support basic science research in spinal cord injury.
Volker K. H. Sonntag
To support clinical outcome studies, clinical or basic science research and fellowships in spine.
Warren C. Boop Jr.
To support resident education and research at the University of Arkansas.
Warren R. Selman
To support clinical or basic science research and fellowships in cerebrovascular.
Global Humanitarian
To support global neurosurgical programmatic efforts.
Military Heroes
To honor those who have served with funds utilized for military surgeons and surgeons-in-training.
NSA Neurosurgical Founders
To fund education for the NSA annual meeting.

The NREF uses gifts to HYM funds for the stated purpose of the fund as outlined by the donor and/or institution. HYM Fund disbursements to date include:

  • Warren C. Boop Fund – Funding a University of Arkansas resident’s presentation to a meeting of the Southern Neurosurgical Society
  • Ralph G. Dacey Fund – Funding the annual Ralph Dacey CV Research Lectureship at the CV Section’s annual meeting
  • Charles G. Drake Fund – Supporting CV Section programs
  • Stewart B. Dunsker Fund – Support a $15,000 research grant
  • Regis W. Haid Jr. Fund – Providing administration funds for the launch of the QOD Study for NPA’s Effectiveness of Fusion for Grade I Spondylolisthesis
  • Charles Kuntz IV Fund – Supporting resident travel to the Spine Section’s annual meeting
  • Andrew T. Parsa Fund – Supporting annual $50,000 tumor research project
  • Donald O. Quest Fund – Supporting the Quest Research Awards at AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Albert L. Rhoton Jr. Fund – Support for a research grant and medical student summer research fellowships, as well as the maintenance and future development of The Rhoton Collection®