Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD, FAANS Recognized By American Association of Neurological Surgeons For Distinguished Service

Article ID: 602053

Released: 22-Apr-2013 2:15 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Newswise — NEW ORLEANS (April 29, 2013) — The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) will present Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD, FAANS, with the 2013 Distinguished Service Award on Monday, April 29, at 11:20 a.m. as part of its 81st Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, which takes place April 27-May 1, 2013. The Distinguished Service Award is one of the highest honors bestowed on a member, recognizing exemplary service to the AANS and the neurosurgical specialty.

Dr. Dacey is the Henry G. and Edith R. Schwartz Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Board-certified in internal medicine and neurological surgery, his clinical interests include cerebrovascular surgery, pituitary tumors and meningiomas. As the author of more than 190 pieces in the areas of neurosurgery and cerebrovascular physiology, he counts the physiology of intracerebral microcirculation among his research focuses. Dr. Dacey also is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Investigator Development Award.

“The Distinguished Service Award means a lot to me. To be recognized in this way by the leaders of our specialty is very rewarding,” Dr. Dacey says. “[As a neurosurgeon], the ability to improve the lives of our patients and [have an impact on] the education of our residents is a great privilege.”

A long-time neurosurgical advocate, Dr. Dacey is the current president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) and a past president and treasurer of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Additional service includes chairmanships with the Residency Review Committee for Neurosurgery and the American Board of Neurological Surgery, where he also acted as secretary.

After completing undergraduate studies at Harvard University, Dr. Dacey obtained his medical degree from the University of Virginia, where he later worked as a neurosurgical resident. Shortly thereafter, he became an assistant professor of neurological surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, and subsequently was appointed professor and chief of the division of neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

About the 2013 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting: Attended by neurosurgeons, neurosurgical residents, medical students, neuroscience nurses, clinical specialists, physician assistants, allied health professionals and other medical professionals, the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting is the largest gathering of neurosurgeons in the nation, with an emphasis on the field’s latest research and technological advances. A record-breaking 1,003 scientific abstracts were presented for review at the 2013 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, and the scientific presentations given at this year’s event represent cutting-edge examples of the incredible developments taking place within the field of neurosurgery. Additional information about the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting and the Meeting Program can be found at http://www.aans.org/Annual Meeting/2013/Main/Home.aspx.

Media Representatives: The 2013 AANS Annual Meeting Press Kit includes releases on highlighted scientific research, AANS officer and award winners, National Neurosurgery Awareness Week, and other relevant information about this year’s program. Those releases also will be posted under the Media area on the 2013 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting website (http://www.aans.org/Annual Meeting/2013/Main/Media.aspx). If you would have interest in a topic related to neurosurgery or would like to interview a neurosurgeon — either on-site or via telephone — during this year’s event, please contact John Iwanski, AANS Director of Member and Public Outreach, via the onsite press room at (504) 670-4910 or e-mail him at jai@aans.org.

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with nearly 8,300 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. All active members of the AANS are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Neurosurgery) of Canada or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, AC. Neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system including the spinal column, spinal cord, brain and peripheral nerves. For more information, visit www.AANS.org.


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