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Publish Date: 09/05/00
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Tew Announces Plans to Step Down As Chair of the Neurosurgery Department

Cincinnati--John M. Tew, Jr., MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, announced he is stepping down as chair, a position he has held since 1982, effective July 2001. The change will reduce his administrative commitments and enable him to devote more time to his practice of neurosurgery at the Mayfield Clinic and The Neuroscience Institute. He will remain a professor of neurosurgery in the College of Medicine and also serve as vice chairman of the Mayfield Clinic and medical director for The Neuroscience Institute.

John J. Hutton, MD, dean of the College of Medicine, is appointing a committee to lead an international search for a replacement.

"The College of Medicine, the community and the neurosurgery profession have greatly benefited from the leadership of Dr. Tew and his associates of the Mayfield Clinic," said Hutton. "He is a superb neurosurgeon who provides humane, skilled care to his patients. Medical students and physicians in training see him as a role model. While serving his local community, he has achieved international recognition for his contributions to neurosurgery and to the education of neurosurgeons throughout the world."

A neurosurgeon for more than 30 years, Tew began serving as director of the neurosurgery residency programs at Good Samaritan Hospital and The Christ Hospital in 1976. Tew, along with his Mayfield Clinic colleagues, led the merger of those residency programs with the neurosurgical residency program at UC in 1982. Since then, he has helped lead the UC Department of Neurosurgery to a position of international prominence through research, education and comprehensive clinical patient care. Fifty-six residents and fellows from several countries have been educated through the programs and are now in academic and clinical practices throughout the world.

"I have enjoyed my tenure as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and I am deeply appreciative of the collaboration and support that I have received," said Tew. "As a member of the Mayfield Clinic, The Neuroscience Institute and the faculty of the College of Medicine, I will now concentrate my full attention on neurosurgery and the continued advancement and growth of The Neuroscience Institute. Its vision is to be the world leader in neuroscience, and I look forward to helping my colleagues achieve this vision."

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