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John A. Jane, Sr., MD, PhD, FAANS(L)

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John A. Jane, Sr., MD, PhD, FAANS(L), was born in September 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up on the south and west side of Chicago. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A., cum laude in 1951. He then attended the University of Chicago School of Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Medicine in 1956. He did his internship at the Royal Victoria Hospital at McGill University and returned to begin his Neurosurgical residency at the University of Chicago clinics in 1957 with Dr. Sean Mullan. In 1958 he was a Fellow in Neurophysiology at Montreal Neurological Institute with Dr. Herbert Jasper.

In 1959 he was a Senior Fellow in Neuropathology and in 1960 a Demonstrator in Neuropathology, both at McGill University in Montreal. In 1961 he was the Research Assistant in Neurosurgery to Sir Wylie McKissock at St. Georges Hospital and The National Hospital at Queen Square in London, England. In 1962, he was the Research Associate with the Department of Psychology at Duke University with Irving T. Diamond who was his Ph.D. advisor. He then completed his Neurosurgical residency in 1963-1964 at the University of Illinois Research and Educational Hospital and the Illinois Neuropsychiatric Institute with Oscar Sugar and Eric Oldberg. The year 1965 found Dr. Jane as Senior Instructor in Neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University with Frank Nulsen. In 1967, Dr. Jane completed and was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Division of Biological Sciences, Section of Biopsychology. After four years at Case Western Reserve, Dr. Jane assumed in 1969, his position as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Jane stepped down as Chair July 2006 but remains the Residency Program Director.

He is especially proud of having been involved in the training of Donald Becker, Harold Young, and Martin Weiss while at Case Western Reserve and subsequently at the University of Virginia, in the training of 15 Professors, 10 of whom are Chairmen, six Associate Professors, and five Assistant Professors. Dr. Jane became a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery in 1984. He became the Chairman of the Editorial Board in 1990, the Associate Editor in 1991 and in 1993, he was elected Editor.

He is the past Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery completing his term in 1996. Dr. Jane was elected to be Vice President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons in 1988, and was also elected to be President of the Society in 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Noella Fortier, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, four grown children (three daughters and one son), six grandsons and two granddaughters.

John A. Jane Sr. Fund
Purpose: To be utilized for NREF-funded resident education and resident education at the University of Virginia.

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