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Publish Date: 04/09/02
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Narayan Named Chair of UC Neurosurgery Department

Cincinnati--Raj K. Narayan, MD, has been appointed Mayfield professor and chairman of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Neurosurgery. He is expected to begin his tenure in July. Dr. Narayan will also become a member of the Medical Center-affiliated Mayfield Clinic, recognized as one of the country's leading neurosurgical organizations for clinical care, education, and research of the spine and brain, treating over 15,000 patients from throughout the world every year.

Dr. Narayan, an internationally known expert on traumatic brain injury, comes to UC from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., where he has served as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery since 1995. Prior to his appointment at Temple, Dr. Narayan served as a professor of neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas for 10 years.

"Dr. Narayan will be a great asset to the Department of Neurosurgery," said John Hutton, MD, dean of the College of Medicine. "He has had an exceptional career, received numerous awards and contributed greatly to the neurosurgical literature while maintaining a busy clinical practice."

Dr. Narayan has served on several institutional, state and national committees, including the prestigious American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He has a particular expertise in the design and performance of clinical trials and has served as consultant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration and to several pharmaceutical companies. He currently chairs the American Brain Injury Consortium, a nationwide group of head-injury research centers. In addition to over 100 peer-reviewed papers and 50 chapters, Dr. Narayan has edited the major reference text in the field of head and spinal injury entitled Neurotrauma. He also took a leadership role in establishing evidence-based guidelines for the management of traumatic brain injury that have been endorsed by the national neurosurgery organizations and by the World Health Organization.

"The Department of Neurosurgery at UC is an outstanding program," said Dr. Narayan. "I look forward to working with my new colleagues to build upon the tradition of excellence."

Dr. Narayan attended medical school at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, where he graduated near the top of his class. He went on to complete his residency in neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, followed by three years of additional clinical and research training at the NIH in Bethesda, Md.

Dr. Narayan and his family will move to Cincinnati this summer. John Tew, Jr., MD, FACS, will continue as chair of the department until Dr. Narayan's arrival. He will then continue on the faculty, as professor of neurosurgery and head of The Neuroscience Institute.

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