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November 2007 Issue

Stewart Dunsker, MD
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Grant Seeks to Spur Research in Neurosciences

By Cindy Starr
Published November 2007

An annual award intended to stimulate clinical research among neurosurgical residents has been established within the department of neurosurgery at the College of Medicine.

The Ellen and Stewart B. Dunsker, MD, Award for Clinical Research, created by the retired Mayfield Clinic neurosurgeon and his wife, will provide a $2,000 prize each spring for the next seven years to a neurosurgery resident who has proposed and completed the most compelling clinical research project during the academic year.

“The intent is to support clinical studies,” says Stewart Dunsker.

“There’s a lot of emphasis on basic research in residency and medical school, but there’s a dearth of good clinical research nationally. It’s difficult and there’s no premium paid for it. Yet, I think it’s absolutely critical to how you treat patients.”

Dunsker, who retired as professor of neurosurgery in 2002, is renowned for his surgical and organization skills and for his humanity. He played a role in developing spinal surgery into a subspecialty of neurosurgery.

Dunsker was named Ohio Neurosurgeon of the Year in 1992 and received the Harvey Cushing Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, in 2003.

Raj Narayan, MD, Frank H. Mayfield Professor and chair of neurosurgery, praises the Dunskers for their generosity and creativity in establishing a gift that is likely to inspire critical thinking and analysis among residents.

“We hope to see friendly, but lively competition as residents strive for this prestigious honor,” Narayan says.

Research protocols for the 2007-2008 academic year should be submitted to Narayan no later than April 30, 2008. For more information, call (513) 558-3557. 

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