Projects and Awards Funded by Honor Your Mentor Funds

Honor Your Mentor (HYM) Funds recognize the incredible people who have advanced neurosurgery. Each mentor fund has a specific purpose, and donations fund a chosen research or educational endeavor in the mentor’s name across a variety of subspecialties.

To date, the following HYM funds have provided funding for projects or awards:

A. LELAND ALBRIGHT FUND

2021

Dr. Martin Muthinja Kariinya, Kijabe Hospital, Nairobi Kenya
Dr. Emmanuel Wafula, Tenwek Hospital, Bomet Kenya

2022

Dr. Martin Muthinja Kariinya, Kijabe Hospital, Nairobi Kenya

ALBERT L. RHOTON FUND

2018

Maria Peris-Celda, MD, PhD, Albany Medical College, Rhoton Young Clinician Investigator Award for Neuroanatomical Research
Sricharan Gopakumar, Baylor College of Medicine, Rhoton Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship
Brian F. Jimenez, University of Tennessee, Rhoton Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship

ANDREW T. PARSA FUND

2017

Darryl Lau, MD, University of California-San Francisco, Andrew T. Parsa Research Fellowship Grant

2018

Teddy Kim, MD, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Andrew T. Parsa Research Fellowship Grant

2019

Benjamin T. Himes, MD, Mayo Clinic, Andrew T. Parsa Research Fellowship Grant

2020

Victoria E. Clark, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital Andrew T. Parsa Research Fellowship Grant

2021

Michael B. Keough, MD, PhD, Stanford University, Andrew T. Parsa Research Fellowship Grant

2022

Ashish Shah, MD, University of Miami

CHARLES B. WILSON FUND

2021

Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD, FAANS

CHARLES H. TATOR FUND

2021

Khaled Alok, MD (Charles Tator Spinal Cord Injury Resident Research Award), Allan D. Levi, MD, PhD, FAANS (Tator Lecture)

Tator Lecture Allan D. Levi, MD, PhD, FAANS
Charles Tator Spinal Cord Injury Resident Research Award Khaled Alok, MD (Presenting Author) - “The Effects of Connexin Inhibitors on the Behavioral, Cellular and Molecular Outcomes in a Porcine Spinal Cord Injury Model”

2022

Timothy Chryssikos, MD, PhD (Charles Tator Spinal Cord Injury Resident Research Award)

CHARLES L. BRANCH, SR. FUND

2021

Nitin Agarwal, MD, "REDUCE – Comparative effectiveness of reduction versus in-situ arthrodesis for high grade spondylolisthesis: A quality outcomes database pilot study"

2022

James Phillip Caruso, MD, University of Texas Southwestern “Lumbar lordosis restoration after low-grad spondylolisthesis correction: Is interbody fusion superior?”

CHARLES KUNTZ IV FUND

2017

Vincent J. Alentado, Michael Brendan Cloney, Doniel Drazin, Benjamin D. Elder, George M. Ghobrial, C. Rory Goodwin, Peter Grunert, Daipayan Guha, Ibrahim Hussain, Christian Iorio-Morin, Evan Joseph Lytle, Allan R. Martin, Meghan Murphy, Aria Nouri, Vijay Ravindra, Ahilan Sivaganesan, Vijay Yanamadala, Michael M.H. Yang, and Scott L. Zuckerman.

2018

Mark Andrew Attiah, Yi-Ren Chen, Lee Onn Chieng, Michael Cloney, Shashank V. Gandhi, Jakub Godzik, Jian Guan, Allen L. Ho, Katie L. Krause, Darryl Lau, Jay Kiran Nathan, Tianyi Niu, Imran Noorani, Eric W. Sankey, Ganesh Shankar, Corey Tyler Walker, Vijay Yanamadala, Juneyoung L. Yi, and Hesham Mostafa Zakaria.

2019

Owoicho Adogwa, Mohammed Ali Alvi, Mark Andrew Attiah, Oliver GS Ayling, Andrew Kai-Hong Chan, Islam Fayed, Shashank V. Gandhi, Jack M. Haglin, Allen L. Ho, Sertac Kirnaz, Mohamed Macki, Anthony L. Mikula, Aria Nouri, Zachary Sanford, Alisson R. Teles, Zoe E. Teton, Jamie RF Wilson, Michael M.H. Yang, Hesham Mostafa Zakaria, and Scott L. Zuckerman

2020

Roberto Perez-Roman, Andrew K. H. Chan, Ken Chang, Mena G. Kerolus, Michael Karsy, Yaroslav J. Gelfand, Nida Fatima, Allan R. Martin, Harry Mushlin, John F. Burke, Jacob C. Hoffmann, Samuel H. Farber, Chencai Wang, Lee Onn Chieng, Darryl Lau, Jakub Godzik, Anshit Goyal, Anthony L. Mikula, Oliver GS Ayling, and Michael M. H. Yang

2021

Daniel Myers, MD, Zach Pennington, MD, Brandon Sherrod, MD, Tolga Sursal, MD, Nikita Lakomkin, MD, Anthony L. Mikula, MD, Ali Moghaddamjou, MD, Dayton Grogan, MD, James Caruso, MD, Seokchun Lim, MD, Chad F. Claus, DO, John F. Burke, MD, Yaroslav J. Gelfand, MD, Safwan Alomari, MD, Islam Fayed, MD, Khaled Alok, MD, Daryl Fields, MD, Timothy Y. Wang, MD, and Yagiz U. Yolcu, MD

2022

Hasan S. Ahmad, Ahmed Albayar, Ammar Alsalahi, DO, Vikram Chakravarthy, MD, Andrew K. Chan, MD, Sai Chilakapati, Pravesh Gadjradj, Jacob Goldberg, MD, Travis M. Hamilton, MD, Kevin T. Huang, MD, Michael H. Lawless II, DO, Robert W. McCabe, DO, Giorgos Michalopoulos, Anthony L. Mikula, MD, Jose Orenday, Alp Ozpinar, MD, Paul Page, MD, Zachariah Pinter, Yamaan S. Saadeh, MD, Saman Shabani, MD

CHRISTOPHER I. SHAFFREY FUND

2022

Yared Nigusie, Christopher I Shaffrey International Travelling Fellow Award

DAVID KLINE FUND

2022

Andrew Jack, MD, MSc, FRCSC, University of Alberta

DAVID L. KELLY, JR. FUND

We salute the David L. Kelly, Jr. Honor Your Mentor Fund for providing support to residents for ongoing educational programs within the department of neurosurgery at Wake Forest University.

DONALD O. QUEST FUND

Donald O. Quest Basic Science Award for Medical Student

2016

Kristen A. Batich

2017

Vaidehi Mahadev

2018

Ahmed Jorge, PhD

2019

Deborah Boyett

2020

Keyan Peterson

2021

Keyan Peterson

2022

Oishika Das

Donald O. Quest Clinical Science Award for Medical Student

2016

Jason Anthony Liew

2017

Gautam Madhu Nayar

2018

Aaron Gelinne, BS

2019

Shehryar Sheikh

2020

Noah Cutler

2021

Caroline Goedmakers

2022

Anthony Piscopo, BS

Donald O. Quest Basic Science Award for Candidate Member or Non-Member (Resident)

2016

Ganesh Mani Shankar, MD

2017

Gentian Toshkezi, MD

2018

Dominic Maggio, MD

2019

Alexander Ksendzovsky, MD

2020

David Bonda, MD

2021

Panagiotis Mastorakos, MD, PhD

2022

Jacob S. Young, MD

Donald O. Quest Clinical Science Award for Candidate Member or Non-Member

2016

Allen Ho, MD

2017

Richard Rammo, MD

2018

Andrew K. Chan, MD

2019

Siir Sahib Singh Khalsa, MD

2020

Abdul-Kareem H. Ahmed, MD

2021

Jacob S. Young, MD

2022

Timothy J. Yee, MD

EDWARD R. LAWS FUND

Establishment of a special archive at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston including a collection of historical materials and educational resources related to Harvey Cushing and other figures in neurosurgery, and funding for a Departmental summer program for underprivileged and minority high school and college students.

2021

Mischa McLean, 10th grade, John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science
Samantha Bethoney, sophomore, Northeastern University

EDWARD S. CONNOLLY FUND

2022

Nora C. Kim, MD, New York University “Impact of sarcopenic obesity on perioperative morbidity and mechanical complications following lumbar fusion”

HARBAUGH-DRAKE FUND

We salute the Harbaugh-Drake Honor Your Mentor Fund for providing support to the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section for the annual Harbaugh-Drake Neurovascular Outcomes Research Scholar who will present at the CV section during the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

HENRY G. SCHWARTZ FUND

2022

Diane Aum, MD, Washington University

L. DADE LUNSFORD FUND

The AANS/CNS Section on Tumors will grant $1,000 awards at both AANS and CNS meetings based on the best radiosurgery abstract scored.

2021

Isaac Jonathan Pomeraniec, MD (AANS)
Jason P. Sheehan, MD, PhD, FAANS (CNS)

2022

Zane Schnurman, MD, (AANS)

MARTIN H. WEISS FUND

2021

2021 Michelle Lin, MD

PETER J. JANNETTA FUND

An endowed lectureship in honor of Dr. Jannetta has been established at UPMC

RALPH G. DACEY FUND

2018

Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., MD, FAANS

2019

E. Sander Connolly, Jr., MD, FAANS

2020

Gary K. Steinberg, MD, PhD, FAANS

REGIS W. HAID, JR. FUND

Ongoing support for the NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA) Effectiveness of Fusion for Grade I Spondylolisthesis study.

SANFORD J. LARSON FUND

2021

Sebastian Salas-Vega, PhD, Case Western Reserve University

2022

Christina Huang Wright, MD, Oregon Health and Sciences University “What factors influence sub-specialization and when? Analysis of evolving priorities throughout residency with a focus on identifying factors that may improve diversity within the spine subspecialty.”

SHELLY D. TIMMONS FUND

2022

Theresa Williamson, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

STEWART B. DUNSKER FUND

2018-20

Dr. Jetan Bhadiwala, UNH/University of Toronto

2021

James H. Mooney, MD, University of Alabama “Multicenter prospective analysis of clinical and radiographic outcomes after lumbar disc arthroplasty”

VEENA D. MUMMANENI FUND

2022

Anna Huguenard, MD, Washington University

WARREN C. BOOP FUND

2017

Heather Pinckard-Dover, MD

2019

Olusoji Afuwape, MD, PhD
Matthew Helton, MD
Patrick Paullus, MD

2020

Matthew Helton, MD
Marcus Stephens, MD

2021

Matthew Helton, MD

2022

William Coggins, MD
Brooke Elberson, MD, PhD
Matthew Helton, MD
Zachary Porter, MD
Marcus Stephens, MD

On behalf of the NREF Board of Directors, we congratulate all HYM award recipients and offer our best wishes for continued success.

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