Charles G. Drake Fund


Fund Purpose: To honor the memory of the late Charles Drake, professor and chairman emeritus of the department of surgery at the University of Western Ontario.

Charles G. Drake, MD, FAANS, was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, in 1920. He received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario at London (UWO) in 1944 and became a fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons, Canada, in 1952.

His postgraduate training included neurophysiology and anatomy at UWO and Yale; general surgery at Toronto General and Victoria Hospitals; neurosurgery in Toronto and various British and European Clinics as the G.A. Routledge travelling fellow, including a clerkship in neurology at the National Hospital, Queens Square, London, Ontario; neuropathology at Banting Institute in Toronto and a McLaughlin Research Fellowship at Victoria Hospital.


He served as clinical professor of surgery (neurosurgery) at UWO until July 1969, when he became professor and chairman of the department of clinical neurological sciences. In 1974, he assumed the position of professor and chairman of the department of surgery at UWO.

Dr. Drake held leadership positions in several medical associations, was a member of 24 national and international medical societies and held honorary memberships in 10 foreign neurosurgical associations. From 1977-1978, he served as the president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Additionally, he was awarded the Harvey Cushing Medal by the AANS, and the Distinguished Service Award by the Society of Neurological Surgeons. His neurosurgical interests were centered on cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations as well as acoustic neuromas. Retiring from surgery in 1992, his bibliography contained more than 120 scientific articles and chapters.

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