In 1932, Harry LeFever, MD, founded The Ohio State University Division (now Department) of Neurological Surgery. After obtaining his medical degree, Dr. LeFever completed neurological surgery training under Harvey Cushing, MD, in Boston. During the 1950s, Dr. LeFever recruited three world-renowned neurosurgeons: William Hunt, MD, John Meagher, M, and Martin Sayers, MD.
In 1963, Dr. Hunt succeeded Dr. LeFever as chief of the Division of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Hunt earned his medical degree from Ohio State (1945) and completed his residency with Henry Schwartz, MD, at Washington University in St. Louis. During his tenure at Ohio State, Dr. Hunt made critical contributions to cerebrovascular disease that bear his name, including Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome (granulomatous inflammation of the cavernous sinus) and Hunt-Hess Scale (for aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage clinical classification scale).
In 1989, Dr. Hunt retired and Michael Miner, MD, PhD, was named chief of the Division of Neurological Surgery. He received his medical degree, doctor of philosophy degree and neurosurgical residency training from the University of Kansas. Dr. Miner trained excellent clinical neurosurgeons and continued a strong emphasis on the clinical neurosurgery program.
In 2004, The Ohio State University Department of Neurological Surgery was created and E. Antonio (Nino) Chiocca, MD, PhD, was named the first chair. Dr. Chiocca received his medical degree and doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Texas. He completed neurological surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School). Dr. Chiocca critically grew the clinical and research programs within the Department of Neurological Surgery.
In 2012, Russell Lonser, MD, assumed the role of chair of the Ohio State Department of Neurological Surgery. He came from the National Institutes of Health, where he was chief of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Lonser received his medical degree from Loma Linda University and completed neurological surgery training at the University of Utah. Under his leadership, the clinical, training and research programs have continued to grow in a significant way.
These and other leaders have carried on the Ohio State tradition of multidisciplinary leadership and collaboration. They continue to set new standards for clinical, training and research excellence in neurological surgery.