Fund Purpose: To introduce an experience in international pediatric neurosurgery to trainees in neurosurgery. The award will support a platform presentation at a conference or a rotation at a pediatric neurosurgical center outside of the applicant’s country.
Ira Rick Abbott, MD, FAANS(L), began his neurosurgical career at Baylor College of Medicine where he was a medical student and then a neurosurgery resident from 1980-1986. He then undertook his pediatric fellowship at the New York University Hospital, and joined the faculty at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore as the Director of Surgical Neuro-Oncology.
Ira Rick Abbott, MD, FAANS(L) began his neurosurgical career at Baylor College of Medicine where he was a medical student and then a neurosurgery resident from 1980-1986. He then undertook his pediatric fellowship at the New York University Hospital, and joined the faculty at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore as the Director of Surgical Neuro-Oncology.
Throughout his career, he has held numerous posts in national and international pediatric neurosurgery organizations, as the President of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, Chairperson of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery, Director of the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgeons, and President of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery. He has also worked in South America, Africa, and Asia to instruct in the use of neuroendoscopy for the treatment of hydrocephalus and other topics of pediatric neurosurgery.
James Tait Goodrich, MD, PhD, FAANS, spent his early years painting houses and focused on his passion of surfing in California. He then enlisted and served as a Marine during the Vietnam war, during which time he decided his next step would be to pursue a medical career. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine in 1974, then went on to receive his Masters in 1978 and PhD in 1980 from Columbia University where he returned to earn his MD degree as well.
He did his medical internship and residency in neurosurgery at the New York–Presbyterian Hospital and New York Neurological Institute. After graduating from neurosurgical training, Dr. Goodrich joined the staff at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and spent more than 30 years there as Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery.
In that time, he became the world leader in the advancement of craniopagus separation, gaining international renown. He had a passion for education and spent 30 years with ISPN teaching hands on courses in Europe, Asia, and South America, advancing neurosurgical training throughout the world. He unfortunately passed on March 30, 2020. The Franc Ingraham Lifetime Achievement for Pediatric Neurosurgery was awarded to him posthumously in 2021.
A rewarding part of Dr. Goodrich’s and Dr. Abbott’s careers was their educational experiences in pediatric neurosurgery outside of the United States. These experiences included attending conferences and visiting institutions to either observe a colleague’s work or advise on surgical techniques. These experiences both lead to lasting friendships and a rich repertoire of knowledge on how to best manage their own patients’ illnesses and conditions.
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