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Charles Kuntz, MD, FAANS

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Charles Kuntz, MD, FAANS, was born and raised in Cincinnati. He graduated with honors from Cincinnati's St. Xavier High School and was a chemistry scholar at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., graduating magna cum laude and earning induction into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1991 and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He performed his residency at the University of Washington and completed orthopaedic and neurosurgical fellowships in London and Seattle.

He joined the Mayfield Clinic, the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine and the Neurotrauma Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute in 2000. Dr. Kuntz became a full professor of neurosurgery at UC in 2011. There he served on education and research committees and directed the university’s spine fellowship. On a national level, he served on the board of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Section on Disorders of the Spine. Dr. Kuntz was a principal or co-investigator in 145 peer-reviewed journal articles, trained dozens of neurosurgical residents and spine fellows and gave more than 100 invited lectures in his areas of expertise.

In what was perhaps the highlight of his academic career, Dr. Kuntz led the creation of a new classification system that defined spinal deformity in relation to the healthy, normal curve of the spine. His work was published in the journal Neurosurgery in 2008.

Dr. Kuntz passed away suddenly on Feb. 26, 2015. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, patients and colleagues.

Charles Kuntz IV Fund

Purpose: Awards for residents and fellows to present research at the Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves.

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