Fund Purpose: To fund the Quest Research Awards.
Donald O. Quest, MD, FAANS(L), was born in 1939, in St. Louis. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in mathematics in 1961. He served on active duty with the United States Navy as a naval aviator aboard the U.S.S. Kittyhawk in the Vietnam conflict between 1961 and 1966. He then attended Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and was awarded his MD in 1970. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and received the Winchester prize for overall excellence in his graduating medical school class. He interned in surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1970-1971 and then was a resident in surgery from 1971 to 1972. Dr. Quest was a resident in neurological surgery at the Neurological Institute of New York at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center between 1972 and 1975. He was chief resident from 1975 to 1976. He served as an assistant professor of neurological surgery at the Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York between 1976 and 1978. He joined the department of neurological surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1978 and rose to become professor of clinical neurosurgery in 1989. Dr. Quest has been vice chairman of the department of neurological surgery from 1991 to 1993 as well as 1997 to present and has been acting chairman on two occasions, 1993 to 1994 and 1996 to 1997.
Dr. Quest was on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) from 1978 to 1988. He served as scientific program chairman, treasurer and president of the Congress, presiding at the annual meeting in Baltimore in 1987.
Dr. Quest is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Neurological Society of America and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. He has served on the Board of Directors of the AANS and was chairman of the Scientific Program Committee from 1990-1991 and annual meeting chairman 1991-1992. He was elected vice president of the AANS from 1994-1995. He was elected as a director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1994. He served as secretary of the Board 1996-1999 and was chairman 1999-2000. He was elected to the residency review committee for neurological surgery in 2000 and served as chairman in 2006. He was president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery in 2002 and president of the AANS in 2007.
He married Ilona Madis in 1969 and they have three daughters. Dr. Quest served as president of the Board of Education in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. 1983-1986 and has worked with numerous other civic and corporate bodies. He is an assistant dean for student affairs at Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons.
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