Albert L. Rhoton Jr. Fund

Fund Purpose: To support the maintenance and future development of The Rhoton Collection® and provide funding for grants restricted for microneuroanatomical research fellowships.

Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., MD, FAANS(L), graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1959. He interned at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and returned to Washington University and Barnes Hospital, where he completed his neurosurgery residency and a one-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellowship in neuroanatomy. It was during this fellowship that he began his studies of microsurgical anatomy, which are now widely published. He joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. in 1965 and became the head of neurosurgery at the University of Florida in 1972.

He served as president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS), Florida Neurological Society (FNS), the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS), the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Craniofacial and Skull Base Surgery, the International Society for Neurological Technology and Instrument Intervention and the International Society for the Study of Microsurgical Anatomy. He also served as vice chairman of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), chairman of the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section, governor of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and as a member of the Neurosurgery Appeals Panel of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Dr. Rhoton was the honored guest or elected to honorary membership in more than 20 neurosurgical societies throughout the world. He was awarded the Cushing Medal of the AANS, the Founders Laurel Award of the CNS and the Medal of Honor of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. He served on the editorial board of more than a dozen journals and authored more than 400 articles and two books. He completed the millennium and 35th anniversary issues of Neurosurgery that were based on his studies of microsurgical anatomy. His book, Cranial Anatomy and Surgical Approaches was translated into several languages and he developed more than 200 instruments for neurosurgery. At the time of becoming chairman emeritus in 1999, colleagues created the Rhoton Chairman's Endowed Professorship at the University of Florida.

My selection as a Rhoton medical student summer fellow has had an immense impact on my growth as an aspiring neurosurgical trainee. Through this experience, I have grown to share in Dr. Rhoton’s profound fascination in the brain and his passion for neuroanatomy and neuroanatomical dissection.

Sricharan Gopakumar, Baylor College of Medicine, 2018 Rhoton Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship recipient

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