Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Throughout history, our specialty has been blessed with physicians dedicated to education and mentorship. We lost a great one this summer with the passing of James T. Robertson, MD, FAANS(L), the former chairman of the University of Tennessee Department of Neurosurgery and past president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
Dr. James Robertson led the UT program for 25 years and trained over 50 neurosurgeons. He was remembered by Kevin T. Foley, MD, FAANS, chairman of Semmes Murphey Clinic, for having “dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of neurological surgery.”
During the course of his career, Dr. Robertson was also responsible for founding, serving, and leading many organizations within our profession, including the AANS, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, the Society of University Neurosurgeons, the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Neurosurgery Residency Review Committee and the Society of Neurological Surgeons, among others.
Along with his brother, NREF Board Member Emeritus, Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS, Dr. James Robertson, exemplified the type of leadership our specialty demands. The Robertson Brothers represent the spirit that inspires the NREF mission.
In recognition of their service to the neurosurgical community, the Jon H. Robertson Honor Your Mentor Fund has been re-named the Robertson Brothers Honor Your Mentor Fund, supporting education and research within the University of Tennessee neurosurgery resident program.
Please join me in paying tribute to the Robertson Brothers and all the extraordinary neurosurgical mentors, past and present, with a tax-deductible donation to the NREF.
The poet, William Butler Yeats, said “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” In preserving the legacies of our mentors, we light the path for the next generation of neurosurgeons.
Wishing you the very best, and ever thankful for your support,
Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD, FAANS