NREF Success Story: Dr. Maria Peris-Celda

In 2018, Maria Peris Celda, MD, PhD, Albany Medical College, was the first recipient of the Rhoton Young Clinician Investigator Award for Neuroanatomical Research.

With support from the Albert L. Rhoton Honor Your Mentor Fund through the NREF, Dr. Peris-Celda established the Northeast Professor Rhoton Surgical Anatomy Laboratory in Albany, NY. The lab started its activities in September 2018.

According to Dr. Peris Celda, the funds provided by the 2018 Rhoton Young Clinician Investigator Award, along with industry support, “are allowing us to have a fully functional anatomy laboratory to train fellows and residents with the goal to keep Dr. Rhoton´s legacy alive through anatomical research.”

Here is a brief summary of their activities to date:

-Dr. Luciano P. Campos Leonel from Sao Paulo, Brazil recently finished a 6 month-fellowship and has one accepted paper for publication, has submitted a paper currently under review, and he was one of the authors with his dissections of a poster of distinction at the past NASBS. He is also currently finishing two other projects back home and has prepared all the dissection images for an upcoming book project that was just approved by Thieme Editors. Most importantly, he has achieved knowledge, skills, and technical competence to carry on Dr. Rhoton’s legacy the way he intended.

- Dr Laura Salgado-Lopez, a neurosurgeon from Spain has started her one-year fellowship with the lab and Dr. Serdar Aydin, a neurosurgeon from Turkey, is scheduled to start his 6-month fellowship in June.

The NREF support has been essential in establishing the Northeast Professor Rhoton Surgical Anatomy Laboratory in Albany, NY. While it is still early to see the full extent and results of the research being performed, the great legacy of Dr. Albert Rhoton lives on in the work of Dr. Peris-Celda and other former residents and fellows around the world.

Dr. Peris-Celda and the leadership of the NREF are grateful for the generosity of donors to the Albert L. Rhoton Honor Your Mentor Fund who have made this endeavor possible.

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